Safety Beacons New Zealand 0800 438752

Make Sure you can be found when you are lost

Phone 0800 GETPLB

                           0800 438752

 

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The Rescue Coordination Centre can match your registration information and contact details from the unique serial number on your Personal Locator Beacon, and will start the rescue process and notify your emergency contacts.

 

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are dedicated rescue devices that are designed to get you out of trouble in an emergency. When activated, they send out a GPS signal to satellites orbiting the earth, which pinpoints your location and sends it to emergency services.

PLBs use a 406 mhz 5-watt transmission, strong enough to penetrate through the thickest forests and adverse weather conditions. Your PLB’s signal is picked up by two types of satellites – LEOSAR and GEOSAR.

There are six LEOSAR (Low Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) GPS satellites orbiting 800km above the earth, each travelling at 14,400 km/hr. Together, these satellites pass over all parts of the Earth every 90 minutes.

The second system PLBs use are the GEOSAR (Geostationary Orbit Search and Rescue) satellites. These GPS satellites orbit over the equator at 30,000 km, in a fixed location known as the Clarke Belt. Other satellites in the Clarke Belt are used for satellite TV and telecommunications.

Using both satellite networks, search and rescue workers can pinpoint your location to within a few meters. They will be notified instantly if your signal is picked up by a GEOSAR Satellite, or in less than 90 minutes at first pass of a LEOSAR Satellite.