An AIS SART (Search and rescue transponder) is a mandatory fit for live saving apparatus on all vessels over 300GRT. Traditional technology used a radar type device. However, new legislation allow the use of an AIS SART with associated performance and cost benefits. AIS SARTs positively identify the casualty and give a regular position update. A Class A MKD, ECDIS or plotter will then display this as a graphic. The S1000 has full IMO compliance and approval as an AIS SART (Wheel Marked) which once activated, will display a target on any Class A or B transponder system or on an AIS receiver. As such it greatly aids recovery of the casualty or liferaft.
SART alarms like our AIS Lifeguard are also activated by the signal from these devices. The S1000 utilises specialist VHF antenna technology to offer exceptional range (typically up to 10NM) and has a battery life of 96 hours under operation. It comes with a storage bag and bracket mount and has a 1m telescopic pole integrated so it can be used in a liferaft. The 50 channel GPS built in within the device offers a very fast time to first fix (typically under 40 seconds). Thereafter it is able to transmit position information 8 times per minute.
The SART shows as a SART target on any AIS system and a safety message (SART ACTIVE) is sent every 4 minutes. The S1000 SART also offers considerable safety benefits for leisure users and should be part of any safety pack for coastal or ocean sailing.