These high-tech lifejackets, developed by Ireland-based company Mullion Survival Technology, could reduce the death toll wrought by sea disasters like the recent, tragic ferry disaster in South Korea.
The Mullion Jacket is fitted with a transponder, which communicates with a satellite to pinpoint the wearer’s exact location. Upon contact with the water, the lifejackets GPS system kicks in and alerts the closest coast guard rescuer to the wearer’s location. Individual jackets and wearers are registered, so the lifejacket is able to identify exactly which individual is in trouble, in addition to their location.
The Mullion Jacket also has automatic lighting and inflation systems activated on contact with the water. This is an example of the kind of technology that could mark the difference between life and death, and minimize the human toll of sea disasters.