OLAS : How a phone could save your life !

The new MOB (man over board) rescue system called OLAS is due to be launched to the marine market in April. The OLAS tag system uses the latest Alert and Find technology for MOB safety devices and works by marrying the tag to a smart phone (or tablet device) using low energy Bluetooth technology to deliver a portable crew tracking and overboard GPS alert system.

The OLAS tag can be worn on the wrist or fixed to a life jacket or any other item you want to track. When the connection is broken for longer than 8 seconds your mobile device will alert and direct back to the GPS location, prompt an emergency call and auto-fill the Mayday VHF call. In a MOB situation OLAS will sound an alarm and record the latitude and longitude of the incident using the phone or tablets GPS. The free OLAS app ( available in both Android and iOS operating systems) will then help direct the remaining crew on a successful MOB recovery and communication with emergency services.

Manufactured by UK based Ultimate Sports Engineering, the OLAS tag will be priced at £44.95 inc vat.

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