One of the methods for detecting and locating boats, aircraft, and people in distress are distress radio beacons or emergency beacons, which are tracking transmitters, like Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) that that interface with globally offered services of COSPAS-SARSAT, the international satellite system for search and rescue (SAR). These beacons can be activated manually, or automatically upon immersion, and send out distress signals, which are monitored worldwide and the location of the distress is detected by non-geostationary satellites, through trilateration in combination with triangulation with respect to the varying quality of the signal received. In this paper, an approach towards improving the EPIRB reliability is presented, through first analyzing and inspecting the level and amount of false signals received by the system; and then providing recommendations on how to deal with the issue, including the use of a device to monitor the alert release process.

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