GSSI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, announces an updated version of LifeLocator® TRx, the portable rugged search and rescue tool that detects the presence of life under collapsed structures. Using the principles of ultra-wideband (UWB) ground penetrating radar, the LifeLocator TRx can detect movement in up to 39 feet (12 meters) of debris and breathing in up to 33 feet (10 meters).
The LifeLocator is internationally accepted as the standard in rescue and recovery when disasters like earthquakes, floods, explosions or similar occurrences result in survivors trapped under natural and man-made debris. It locates survivors by sensing even the minor movements of shallow breathing. The sensor detects signals that are relayed in real-time to a control unit. The information allows rescue personnel to accurately and rapidly determine the distance to the survivor.
The new fourth generation LifeLocator TRx uses twin receivers to provide superior data collection and increased detection confidence. Detection volume is 64,000 cubic feet (1,810 cubic meters) in 3 minutes. The device has a wireless range of up to 200 feet (60 meters), and improved radio frequency (RF) immunity filters, rendering it effective where more simple devices become inoperable or worse, false positive.
LifeLocator technology is not misled by scent drift or from the scent of the deceased. Unlike video and audio monitoring search and rescue tools, LifeLocator does not require line of sight or complete silence. Ease of mobility and placement over treacherous ground further enhances the system’s in-field effectiveness. LifeLocator is portable and can be easily used by a single individual. The field-tested solution has saved lives in the aftermath of the Sichuan Province and Haiti earthquakes and has been widely used around the world.
Equipped with either a Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 or Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 control unit that offer an easy-to-use graphic interface, the LifeLocator TRx system comes with Li-ION batteries, battery chargers, and a rugged transit case.
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