The ORCA Man-Overboard Alarm

The ORCA Man-Overboard Alarm 

The industrial safety and security experts over at BriarTek Incorporated got the green light (and $19 million) to test a Man Overboard Indicator, or MOBI, on 105 US Navy vessels. The Virginia-based firm’s MOBI, known as the ORCA (for Overboard Recovery Communications Apparatus and not because it’s a killer whale), does more than just alert a ship’s crew of a sailor in the water; it keeps a unique ID for each sailor so rescuers will know who they’re looking for, the downed seaman’s position, and even how many people are in the water in an event where multiple sailors are cast overboard.

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