Fell Tech and Mercury Marine release 1stMate Safety and Security system

Connected system also provides theft deterrence functionality

Drammen, Norway (June 29, 2020) — Fell Tech today announced the release of the new 1st Mate Safety and Security System available exclusively through the Mercury Marine distribution network of dealers and boatbuilders. Fell Tech and Mercury Marine have been collaborating on the technological development since 2018 and this marks the beginning of the commercialization of the product with additional phases and features planned to expand features and functionality.

This 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:

1) a boater overboard monitoring and alert system 2) distress messaging capability, and 3) deterrence against theft of the boat and/or its engine(s).

The 1st Mate mobile app is available now in the Apple Store for iOS® devices, as well as Android™ devices .

"The development of the 1st Mate system solidifies Fell Tech’s leadership in the wireless marine safety category building upon the MOB+ brand launched in 2015. The addition of an APP with cloud based distress messaging, NMEA2k connectivity,  and Over the Air updates lays the groundwork for additional vessel integration” says Christian Frost, CEO of Fell Tech.

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

Boater overboard monitoring and warning system

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

These wearables 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 a boat captain (driver wearing the captain's fob) falls overboard and can't get back onboard, or passengers can't return the boat to the captain, 1st Mate can send a distress message to emergency contacts designated 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 boater overboard event.

Theft deterrence

This feature locks a boat's engine(s) to prevent unauthorized use. Once the boat captain is ready to get back behind the wheel, the engine(s) can easily be unlocked via the proximity of the captain's wearable 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.

Please download product images and explanation video here

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