New digital emergency beacon registration service goes live today

Our new self-service Beacon Registry portal will allow emergency beacon users to securely provide and update their property information.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), as part of its continued commitment to improve its digital offering and services, today (September 30) launched a 24/7 online registration platform at www .gov.uk / 406beacon, which means customers are no longer required to submit tag ownership documentation in paper or mail form.

Now owners with one or more beacons can manage their own data such as email addresses, hex ID of the beacon, phone numbers, and beacon uses (land, sea and air), in an environment digital secure and streamlined.

406 MHz emergency beacons send a “distress signal,” including your location, through satellites to alert search and rescue authorities that you may be in trouble. Types of beacons include emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) for ships, personal locator beacons (PLBs) attached to people, and emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) for aircraft.

If a registered beacon is activated in the event of an emergency at sea, on land or in the air, HM Coastguard, the MCA Search and Rescue arm, and emergency service partners have close at hand. reliable information, which is crucial in helping them locate and rescue people in distress.

New tag owners are advised to create an online account and register as soon as possible.

Existing customers must confirm their tag details on the new service by signing in using the email they registered their tag with. If this registration has taken place within the past eight years, the Beacon Registry will be contacted by email or letter with advice on how to proceed and manage its data in the future.

More recent tag registrations and changes may not yet be listed on the new self-service platform. If so, those who want to register their new beacon can create an account and register their beacon on the new portal. In the meantime, while existing beacon owners confirm their contact details on the new digital system, search and rescue responders will continue to have access to all information previously recorded and held by the beacon registry.

Peter Davies, Maritime Commander of the HM Coast Guard said:

Upon receipt of the automated registration confirmation, the Beacon Registry self-service portal is simple to use and most importantly provides a secure environment for new customers, those who have already registered, and beacon manufacturers. “The effectiveness of 406 MHz emergency beacons, whether it is an EPIRB, PLB or ELT, depends on the correct information available to search and rescue authorities, which can ultimately help save more lives in emergencies.

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