ACR Electronics launches Bivy Stick satellite communication device

ACR Electronics has launched what it says is the world’s smallest and most simple satellite communication device – the ACR Bivy Stick two-way satellite messenger and app.

The new ACR Bivy Stick offers boaters an option for sending SMS messages, tracking and sharing location information, accessing GPS maps, viewing live weather forecasts and initiating a distress call in an emergency. It also includes a dedicated check-in button, and an SOS button to contact rescue services in an emergency.

Weighing just 100g, it works with a user’s smartphone, offering an efficient – subscription based – way to communicate when out on the water.

Working anywhere with a view of the sky with, says ACR, 100 per cent global satellite coverage, the 4.5 x 1.8-inch product features a high-power antenna for reliable connectivity and frequent use, with two-way text satellite communication enabling the user to send text messages to phone numbers or email addresses, as well as share and track location.

The device can be used in conjunction with the full-featured ACR Bivy app, which identifies and collates the crowd sourced details and locations of voyages experienced by the Bivy community.