Q: What is thew OLAS System?
A: The OLAS system is when both the OLAS tag and OLAS app are used in conjunction to create the automated man overboard alert.
Q: Can you sink tags to multiple phones?
A: Yes they can be synced to numerous mobile devices as long as they have the OLAS app downloaded.
Q: Can the mobile device be below deck and the tag on deck?
A: Yes but it is advised that you check connectivity. It is possible that a metal or carbon hull will restrict connectivity.
Q: Can I use the OLAS app without the OLAS tag?
A: Yes the app has useful navigation features such as Waypoint navigation, Course over ground and Speed over ground which utilise the phone's GPS, these are found in Current Data.
Q: Can the man overboard feature be used without a tag?
A: Yes, the MOB screens can be activated by manually by pressing the red MOB button in Current Data. This will store the mobile device's current GPS location as the MOB position.
Q: Do I need phone signal for OLAS to work?
A: Phone signal is not needed unless you need to call or text the emergency information. The MOB tracking features only require GPS signal.
Q: What sets off the alert?
A: The connection from the tag to the app needs to be broken for at least 8 seconds to activate the alert - this includes being submerged.
Q: How do you attach the OLAS tag to a man overboard device?
A: Any strap 22mm wide and up to 1.5mm thick can be used.The current strap can be used if it fits.
Q: Are replacement straps available?
A: Replacement staps are avaible via www.alertandfind.com
Q: How do you turn the tag OFF?
A : Press the button for 4 seconds until a red light flashes
Q: How do you see if the tag is active?
A: The tags status can be seen in ‘SYNCED TAGS’.
Immediate, Near or Far indicates the Tag is connected
INACTIVE means the tag is deactivated within the app
Not connected means the tag is either switched off or not within range
Q: How can I test my tag?
A: Take the tag over 1 meter away from the phone and switch it OFF.
A: Submerse the tag in water until the alert is activated
A: Take the tag out of range (100 meters line of sight)
The alert will occur after 8 (default), 15 or 30 seconds.
Q: Why would you change the ALERT AFTER time in Tag Settings?
A: 30 seconds would be used if regular signal interference occurred on a larger vessel
Q: Is the OLAS Tag waterproof?
A: Yes, the Tag is waterproof to a depth of 1 meter.
Problem: I keep getting false alarms when crew are on the vessel.
Cause: False alarms occur due to a blocked connection which can unintentionally be caused by obstructions such as water, carbon or metal. (Warning: Water in the human body can cause an obstruction, triggering the alarm)
Ensure the tag is attached to crew in a location which is visible at all times
Prior to casting off check the connection by placing the phone in a central location and move the tags around the vessel. If false alerts occur extend the ALERT AFTER (time delay) in Tag Settings to either 15 or 30 seconds.
(WARNING: it may take upto 30 seconds before alert occurs in an MOB situation)