ORCA Saves Sailors Lives

Engadget reports on Orca, a solution you might consider if safety onboard is important to you…. Although there already are similar systems available, it never hurts to have some competition in that area, especially when that helps stimulate innovation.
“No, not the vicious killer whale from that 70s movie. Going overboard? No problem. See, you�re sporting the Orca (Overboard Recovery Communications Apparatus), a new device worn by deck personnel in the military that alerts the ship if, and when, you take a little involuntary swim. The ORCA provides a unique ID for each individual, and it triggers pre-set messages to the bridge at the time of the big dive. It is also capable of triggering several beacons at once (in case a few deck hands go down for whatever reason) and pinpoints each one using GPS.”

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