Cobham Life Support-ACR Products Announces 406Link.com

February 11, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Cobham Life Support-ACR Products today announced the launch of a new subscription-based satellite self test service, 406Link.com, now available to current and new owners of 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Emergency Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs).

Available in two service plans, 406Link.com now gives thousands of owners of 406 MHz emergency beacons the ability to send non-distress messages for the first time via text/e-mail to family and friends, letting them know that all is OK.

Priced affordably from just $39.99 (annual subscription) subscribers to the 406Link.com service, for example, will have access to ACR’s unique thru-the-system self-test application for PLBs and EPIRBs, which ensures the beacon is performing properly via transmission and satellite confirmation, ultimately sending a text and e-mail message to the beacon’s owner.

The 406Link.com Beacon Management program, applicable to all PLBs and EPIRBs that have an external antenna, also includes battery replacement reminders, self-test and activation history, providing trip plans to family and friends and account management.

Joseph Mentz, General Manager for Cobham Life Support’s ACR Products line (formerly ACR Electronics Inc.), a Fort Lauderdale-based global safety and survival technologies company said: “Cobham manufactures the most reliable and robust satellite detectible emergency devices in the world and has products that can contact search and rescue forces in a matter of minutes and through onboard GPS can accurately pinpoint location up to 100 meters. We can now provide a non-emergency, unique web-based solution that gives friends and family the peace of mind that comes with knowing the sender is OK.”

An upgraded service, 406Link Plus, will provide users with the self-test application system described above, plus the added features of multiple text and e-mail messaging, trip planning, and GPS test location (must have the ACR PLB 350C (AquaLink/AquaLink View or SARLink/SARLink View) to use this function). The upgraded 406Link.com plan is priced at $59.99 (annual subscription).

The 406Link.com coverage includes North and South American land masses and most of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans including Hawaii, allowing both beacon owners on land as well as those at sea to use the service. Unlike cell phones and two-way radios, the system utilizes two geosynchronous GEOSAR satellites to provide dependable coverage.

With over 53 years of ACR ingenuity and engineering built-in as standard features, all ACR PLBs and EPIRBs use the same reliable signalling technology that has saved nearly 27,000 lives worldwide since 1982.

For more information on the services, contact Scott Morgan at scott.morgan@cobham.com or go to www.406Link.com. ACR Electronics information is available at www.acrelectronics.com.

About Cobham Life Support-ACR Products

Cobham Life Support -ACR Products designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products including EPIRBs, PLBs, AIS, SARTs, Strobe Lights, Life Jacket Lights, Search Lights and safety accessories. The quality systems of this facility have been registered by UL to the ISO 9001:2008 Series Standards. Recognized as the world leader in safety and survival technologies, ACR has provided safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as to the military since 1956. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and employs 200 at its manufacturing facility.

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