Automatic Integrated Distress Device

Reference#: P02317

Signaling for near term and near by assistance when a vessel is sinking generally requires human intervention. This is in the form of radioing a "Mayday" or setting off signal flares. Sometimes access to these emergence devices is not practical.

The Automatic Integrated Distress Device(AIDD), invented by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, provides an automated multi-function method of signaling for assistance. AIDD is activated by hydrostatic pressure surrounding a sinking vessel. Once activated the AIDD will float to the surface and begin to broadcast its position on the EPIRB network, set off a flashing strobe light, automatically dispense flares at a prescribed interval and create tonal sounds. This automated system will allow for rapid identification of the emergency location and direct rescue elements to the site.

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