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GPS firm tracks new markets

Thursday 13 December 2012 6:00

North Shields based GPS tracking specialist Succorfish has unveiled its latest crew safety product, the SC4 which it says could revolutionise marine safety.

The search and rescue beacon, shown at this year’s International Workboat Show in New Orleans, is designed to be worn at all times during operational activity, fastens onto an crew member’s arm or life jacket to offer worldwide coverage transmitting their location over AIS and the global COSPAS SARSAT rescue network.

Next year the SC4 undergo tests with the Irish Coastguard.

Managing director Richard Hooper said: “This device could revolutionise marine safety as we know it as great attention has been paid to making it accessible, non-restrictive, functional and fit for the intended purpose.

“It incorporates the most intelligent, cutting edge technology that has been rigorously tested and applied in the most harshest environments and its ability to significantly improve crew rescue time, recovery and success could make it the preferred choice worldwide.”

Succorfish operates in Europe, UK, US, Africa and the Middle East.

Previously the company developed its SC2 system which allows fishing boats to accurately monitor their position to within one metre meaning they can fish closer to protected areas without breaching them and incurring heavy fines.