Automatic Integrated Distress Device
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 University 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.
*JHU/APL is seeking an exclusive licensee and development partner for this technologyCONTACT:
Ms. H. L. Curran
Phone: (443) 778-7262