1st Mate is now released for sale for Mercury SmartCraft capable engines

Published on: 29/06/2020

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Following Mercury Marine’s introduction of the 1st MateTM  Marine Safety and Security System in June 2020,  the mobile app for iOS devices is now available to download from the Apple Store with a version for Android devices coming soon.

The technology comprises an intelligent hub, a set of wearable products and a mobile device app that integrate with a boat's propulsion system to provide potentially lifesaving safety features and to help secure property. Its three main features are:

-          Captain and passenger overboard monitoring and alert system

-          Distress messaging capability

-          Deterrence against theft of the boat and/or its engine(s).

"The development of the 1st Mate system reflects a genuine concern for the safety and wellbeing of the people who enjoy recreation on the water,” commented Rob Hackbarth, Mercury Product Category Director – SmartCraft Marketing. "I'm convinced that this product will save lives and prevent boat thefts."

Mercury SmartCraft capable engines are the first to be compatible with this innovative new product.

The three main features of this product work in the following ways:

Captain and Passenger overboard monitoring and warning system

This system uses wearable fobs to protect a boat's captain and up to seven passengers.

The fobs connect to a mobile device and ensure that, if the captain falls overboard, the engine(s) will stop, an alarm will sound and alerts providing instructions to the passengers will be sent via the 1st Mate mobile app, thanks to direct integration with the vessel's propulsion system. The instructions will guide the passengers through restarting the engines and safely steering the boat back to the location where the captain went overboard.

Similarly, if a passenger falls overboard, the app will sound an alarm, send alerts, and provide the captain with the overboard passenger’s GPS location.

Distress messaging

If the captain (driver wearing the captain's fob) falls overboard and can't get back on board, or passengers can't return the boat to the captain, 1st Mate can send a distress message to designated emergency contacts on the captain's mobile app. The distress message is sent after a countdown timer expires or a request for help is made. The message includes the location, heading, date and time of the overboard incident.

Theft deterrence

This feature locks a boat's engine(s) to prevent unauthorised use. Once the captain is ready to get back behind the wheel, the engine(s) can easily be unlocked via the proximity of the captain's fob or by use of the 1st Mate mobile app. In the event of the removal of Mercury SmartCraft engines from the boat, 1st Mate requires those engines to detect a "handshake" from the system before they can be restarted.

 

 

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