ACR GlobalFix V5 Cat 1 EPIRB with Automatic Release Housing



ACR GlobalFix V5 Cat 1 EPIRB with Automatic Release Housing


CAT 1    AIS    RLS     NFC       


ACR GlobalFix V5 is the most advanced Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) available, combining 406 MHz satellite connectivity with Automatic Identification System (AIS) functionality. This means that when the EPIRB is activated, not only does it transmit your emergency signal to the global Cospas Sarsat satellite rescue system, but it also broadcasts an AIS safety message on VHF frequencies that can be seen immediately by any AIS-equipped vessel nearby.


Return Link Service (RLS)

In addition, GlobalFix V5’s Return Link Service notifies whoever triggers the EPIRB that the distress message has been delivered by sending an RLS signal back through the Galileo satellite network. This confirms that the distress message, along with the precise beacon location and identifiers, have been detected. An easy-to-see flashing blue light indicates the EPIRB’s successful reception of the Return Link message from the Galileo satellite network. This Return Link Service provides a calming sense of security, as the user will know that the distress message has been received.


Global Positioning System (GPS)

The EPIRB accurately derives its position anywhere in the world using GNSS (GPS, Galileo, Glonass) positioning networks. When the EPIRB is activated, 406 MHz distress transmissions relay the GPS EPIRB (GPIRB) position (accurate within 100 metres) to the worldwide Cospas Sarsat search and rescue satellite network. EPIRB identifiers and position information is then relayed to ground stations through the satellite system, initiating rescue operations.


Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Thanks to the advanced AIS technology incorporated into the EPIRP; once activated, an AIS signal is transmitted, so that nearby vessels outfitted with an AIS transponder are instantly notified of the boat’s beacon location. AIS-equipped vessels within the VHF range of the beacon will see a safety message on their screens, including MMSI vessel identification. Furthermore, vessels in the area where the EPIRB has been activated can then start rescue and recovery operations immediately, without having to wait for emergency response from the applicable SAR authority.

AIS also allows local responders to easily pinpoint the EPIRB’s location, which is presented as an AIS target on their onboard display. Nearby vessels with onboard AIS can navigate directly to the EPIRB by selecting the AIS target.


Near Field Communication (NFC)

Another new feature is Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows users to access EPIRB diagnostics using their smartphones. When a smartphone is placed adjacent to the GlobalFix V5, the ACR app automatically opens, providing access to the beacon’s data. Beacon status information available in the app includes the current battery life, the number of self-tests completed, the number of GNSS tests completed, and the amount of time the EPIRB has been activated.



  • Category 1 EPIRB
  • Transmit Power (EIRP) (406/121.5) 406.031 MHz, 12W / 121.5 MHz, 50mW +/- 3dB
  • Automatic Identification System (AIS) Alerts for Local Rescue
  • Return Link Service (RLS) confirmation direct to beacon
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) and Mobile App Included
  • GPS 72 Channel Multi-constellation receiver (GPS, Galileo, & Glonass GNSS)
  • Strobe White & Infrared Dual Technology
  • Activation – Manually and Automatic
  • Waterproof 33 ft (10 m) for 5 min.
  • Buoyant
  • Operational Life 48 hours minimum @ -4°F (-20°C)

Warranty 5 years

Size (antenna up) – Beacon Only 18.5” x 4.3” x 4.36” (470 mm x 109 mm x 111 mm)
Weight – Beacon Only 1.78 lbs (810 G)Battery Lithium battery, Li/FeS2
Battery Replacement 10-year replaceable battery (replace 10 years after the date of manufacture or after activation)


Register your emergency Contact Details

Remember to register the ACR GlobalFIX V5 EPIRB with the UK Coastguard – to register the EPIRB once received please visit


Before you start registration

You’ll need:

  • The beacon Hexadecimal Identification (HEX ID) or Unique Identifying Number (UIN), manufacturer serial number and model
  • An emergency contact for search and rescue authorities
  • If you have a vessel – your vessel name, number, call sign, Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, and details of the radio communications equipment you use
  • If you have an aircraft – your aircraft make, model, registration mark, and details of the radio communications equipment you use





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