KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, United States, December 15, 2008 - The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has awarded Christopher P. Hoffman, of Safelife Systems, the prestigious IEC 1906 Award for his work in IEC / TC80 (Maritime navigation and radio communication equipment and systems).
Created in 2004 by the IEC the 1906 Award was established in commemoration of the IEC's year of foundation and honours IEC technical experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC. The award also recognizes exceptional and recent achievement in - a project or other specific contribution - related to the activities of the IEC and which contributes in a significant way to advancing the work of the Commission.
Chris Hoffman received this award in recognition of the work that he did in TC 80 and his "Contribution to standards for life saving equipment for ships and acting as project leader for the revisions of standards for NAVTEX, IEC 61097-6 and EPIRBs, IEC 61097-2".
In winning the IEC 1906 Award, Chris Hoffman joins an elite group of U.S. and International experts who have been recognized by the IEC in the past five years. The award was presented by Mr. Geoff Young, President of the British Electrotechnical Committee during their AGM meeting in London on the 7th November 2008.
Chris Hoffman is the Vice President of Development with the SafeLife Systems, a division of PROCON Inc. His expertise in the field of maritime electronics extends over many years and includes 406 MHz Beacons operating on the international Cospas-Sarsat system, VHF Radios, Radar Transponders (SARTs), NAVTEX Receivers for broadcasting maritime safety information and many other satellite and terrestrial communications systems. Mr. Hoffman is currently a member of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) Board of Directors and Chairs its special subcommittees SC110 on Emergency Beacons and SC101 on VHF Hand Held Radios.
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