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  • Global Telesat Communications Awarded Contract with UK’s Forestry Commission for Emergency Response System

    Forestry Commission Improves Forest Ranger Safety with Approx. 550 Globalstar SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messengers The Forestry Commission in England and Scotland are deploying Globalstar’s SPOT Gen3 messengers under a new sales and support contract with GTC and Globalstar. With the deployment of the new SPOT Gen3 devices, the Forestry Commission is improving the safety of its staff when working in areas with unreliable mobile phone and radio communications. In an emergency situation, lone workers can press a single button on the SPOT Gen3 to alert emergency services via the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). The SPOT Gen3 uses Globalstar’s advanced satellite network for communications, even in remote regions. The SPOT Gen3’s tracking feature can also help locate forestry staff if there is an incident and they are unable to press the emergency button. The SPOT Gen3 can be pre-configured to send location data to a central co-ordinator every 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes providing the device is moving. The Forestry Commission chose the SPOT Gen3 because of its small size and ease-of-use as well as its long battery life and affordability. The Forestry Commission has already deployed the first 200 units nationwide with the intention of deploying approximately 550 SPOT SPOT Gen3 over the next 12 months. “In an emergency situation, particularly if a person is in danger of going into shock, having a device that is quick and easy to use is paramount. We wanted something small enough to fit in a pocket, yet able to provide a lifeline in critical situations,” said a spokesperson for the Forestry Commission. “Many members of our team work in the most remote parts of the UK which are unreachable by radio and mobile phones. With the SPOT Gen3, they have a satellite-based device that brings peace of mind.” Global Telesat Communications’ Managing Director, David Phipps, commented: “The Forestry Commission is taking advantage of the latest developments in satellite technology to ensure its staff can be found and rescued in an emergency. Furthermore, with this reliable and flexible new technology, the Forestry Commission now has the ability to easily integrate satellite location data with an array of sophisticated third party applications enabling them to not only protect employees, but to more effectively manage their land and support their mission.”

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  • Spot Satellite Tracker SOS Call Prompts Major Glen Shiel Search for Walker

    The alarm was activated between The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine. Photo: Stuart Westwater CC-BY-SA-3.0 A Dutch walker was rescued on Sunday thanks to his Spot personal tracking device. He became disorientated in whiteout conditions in Glen Shiel and pressed the SOS button on his Spot satellite tracker. A search and a rescue team and the Inverness Coastguard search and rescue helicopter were dispatched but the poor weather conditions prevented the helicopter from conducting a proper search. The alarm was activated between The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine. Photo: Stuart Westwater CC-BY-SA-3.0 A Kintail MRT spokesperson said: “A fast party was sent up to get as far as possible to the site while the aircraft refuelled with three other members on board ready to be dropped off as high as possible to aid the search. “With limited daylight now available and the potential of extremely bad weather due, other members were called to assist. It was good news when word was received that the fast party had spotted the person who was being led off the hill by another group who were on the hill.” SPOT devices are one way messengers which allow you to send your GPS location and pre-programmed message to your personal contacts or an Emergency Response Centre. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where mobile phones don’t. SPOT allows your family and friends to track your progress on Google Maps™ or send a message via satellite to others letting them know you’re safe. In an emergency, SPOT can summon help to your location quickly. Ask for Help, Check-In and Track Progress – all with the push of a button. Compare all our SPOT satellite trackers with our SPOT personal satellite tracker comparison chart.

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  • Introducing the New High Speed Inmarsat Global Xpress Service

    We are now pleased to offer the Inmarsat GX service for high speed data communications through the new Inmarsat I-5 network.  GX is able to offer downlink speeds of up to 50 Mbps download and up to 5 Mbps upload.  Each I-5 satellite is expected to have a commercial life of 15 years and together, the three satellites provide the coverage required to deliver global GX services. Each satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan: I-5 F1 – launched on 6 December 2013 to deliver regional GX services for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia I-5 F2 – launched on 1 February 2015 to deliver regional GX services for the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean Region I-5 F3 – launched on 28 August 2015 to deliver regional GX services for the Pacific Ocean Region. As part of Inmarsat’s US$1.6 billion programme commitment, a fourth Global Xpress satellite (I-5 F4) is currently completing construction, and is likely to be launched in the second half of 2016 in order to provide additional GX capacity. Operating in the resilient Ka-band, while integrating seamlessly with our proven L-band network, GX allows customers across aviation, maritime, enterprise and government sectors to have reliable and assured access to high-throughput communications.

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  • Important SPOT Pricing Update

    Due to the continued volatility in global exchange rates over the last 24 months, Globalstar have unfortunately been left with no option but to increase the cost of their Basic Service Plans for SPOT tracking devices. In order to limit the impact as much as possible on their customers they are applying an average increase of just 13% and will therefore continue to ingest the majority of the difference in exchange rates. This price increase will take effect on the 1st March 2016 and so we would recommend that you activate your device before that date in order to avoid the higher charges. Please note that the increase will only apply to Basic Service Plans on Personal Trackers, Satellite GPS Messengers, Gen3 and Trace units. Unlimited and Extreme Tracking pricing will not be affected by this price increase and will therefore remain the same. Please see below a table outlining the Basic Service Plan price increase: If you have any queries or concerns regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Globalstar at customerservice@findmespot.com

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  • Employee Safety Concerns Are Alleviated Thanks to SPOT GEN3™

    The safety and well-being of Northumbrian Water Group’s (NWG) employees is a top priority for them and so they have chosen to deploy 300 SPOT Gen3 satellite trackers to track and protect their lone and remote workers. The 300 devices will enhance the safety of over 1500 employees who work in remote areas with little or no mobile phone coverage. Northumbrian Water Group conducted a lengthy and rigorous competitive selection process before selecting staff security specialists Lone Worker Solutions to provide a bespoke hybrid satellite and smartphone solution based around the SPOT Gen3 that offers better operational efficiency. Lone Worker Solutions provides a unified platform which monitors both voice calls and SMS from smartphones and alert messages from SPOT Gen3s. Calls and SOS alerts go to Lone Worker Solutions’ operations centre and to NWG’s employee support centre for prompt handling. The ability to provide accurate information about all devices in one inclusive interface helps make safety operations seamless and more effective. SPOT Gen3 is a rugged, pocket-sized affordable GPS messenger that helps users stay connected via satellite even where there is poor or no GSM signal. It provides off-the-grid messaging, emergency alerts, extra-long battery life and extreme GPS tracking, with track check points capable of taking place as frequently as every 2-½ minutes. You can find out more and order your own SPOT Gen3 on our website.

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  • Thuraya SatSleeve+ and Hotspot are now compatible with Android Smartphones

    In September, Thuraya announced two new additions to their popular SatSleeve range – a range of accessories which allow you turn your smartphone into a satellite phone: the SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot. Both devices are now compatible with a range of Android smartphones thanks to the release of the new Thuraya app v1.1 on Google play. Please see list of compatible devices below. The SatSleeve range allows you to make calls, use messaging applications, update your social network, send and receive email and SMS, and access apps. They also come with an additional safety feature – a programmable SOS button that works even if your smartphone isn’t connected. This convenient function lets customers call a predefined number of their choice. If you would like to know more please give us a call on 0800 112 3919 or click here. Current list of compatible Android devices: Samsung Galaxy S3 • Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo • Samsung Galaxy S4 • Samsung Galaxy S5 • Samsung Galaxy S6 • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1” 2014 edition tablet • Samsung Galaxy A8 • Samsung Galaxy J7 • Samsung Galaxy E7 • Samsung Galaxy Alpha • Huawei Ascend P7 • Huawei P8 • Huawei Mate S • Huawei Honor 4C • Huawei Ascend G750 • Huawei Y635 • LG G4 • HTC One M8 • HTC One M9 • HTC Desire Eye • Sony Xperia Z1 • Sony Xperia Z2 • Sony Xperia Z3+ • Sony Xperia Z5 • Sony Xperia C4 • Sony Xperia M4 • Google Nexus 5 • Google Nexus 6 • Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) • Motorola Moto X Play • Motorola Moto E (1st Gen) • Lenovo Vibe X • Lenovo P70 • Asus Zenfone 2 • Asus Memo Pad 8 ME180A tablet

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  • SPOT Reaches Major Milestone with 4000th Rescue

    The SPOT family of products has initiated 4,000 rescues around the world since its launch in 2007. SPOT is currently being used by customers to initiate almost two rescues a day and delivers affordable location-based messaging and life-saving emergency notification technology to hundreds of thousands of users, completely independent of cellular coverage. Michael Herrera, SPOT’s 4,000th rescuee and a retired Houston firefighter, was off-roading alone in DeKalb County, Alabama on his dual-sport dirt bike when he took a hard fall. Although initially disoriented, his experience as a first responder told him that his injuries were more serious than he could see. It was then that he reached for his SPOT Gen3® and pressed the S.O.S. button. Within 40 minutes of the S.O.S. activation, an ATV and ambulance were onsite. At the hospital, it was determined that he had suffered a broken collarbone, three broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung. “Until my accident, I’d only used my SPOT for tracking so my wife could be aware of my location when riding off-road.  It was gratifying to know that my SPOT delivered on its promise when I needed SAR services,” says Herrera. He also expressed his gratitude to the SAR teams involved in his rescue, “thank you for your service and your quick response.” Herrera and his wife recently traveled to Globalstar’s Company headquarters in Covington, Louisiana to meet the team responsible for the life-saving technology he relied upon. He was able to share his story with Company representatives, discuss ideas for continuing to evolve the technology and determine new avenues for reaching prospective customers who would benefit from owning the SPOT solution. “As a professional firefighter/first responder, having reliable, protective gear was of utmost importance. I have carried this emphasis into my personal life as well with good riding gear for my motorcycle adventures and the SPOT is in my arsenal of emergency gear and protection,” says Michael. SPOT products work virtually everywhere in the world, most recently expanding to provide Pan-African coverage. Offering peace of mind through reliable satellite-based connectivity, SPOT users have the ability to track assets, use location-based messaging and get help beyond the boundaries of cellular. “We are dedicated to offering affordable, life-saving technology that people can rely on,” said Jay Monroe, CEO and Chairman of Globalstar. “Reaching this 4000th rescue milestone is a true testament to the success of our mission, and our entire team takes great pride in the thousands of lives that have been saved through SPOT-initiated rescues over the past eight years. It is evident that SPOT continues to be a go-to companion for anyone adventuring or working outside of cellular range.” “We are pleased to continue to provide such an important service for owners and users of SPOT devices. This day in age, people shouldn’t have to worry about lack of access to emergency services as they work and travel the globe, and our 24/7 emergency response center and certified team at the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) ensures that should an emergency occur, we’ll get you out quickly and safely,” commented Mark Garver, CEO of GEOS Safety and Response.

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  • Stranded in a river in Iceland - Rescued thanks to SPOT

    SPOT Gen 3 satellite GPS trackers provide a critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel into remote areas where regular forms of communication are unavailable. At the end of October 2015, a survival school found out just how indispensable they can be as they travelled across South East Iceland. Overleven Survival School organised a trip for 19 Dutch adventurers to traverse a remote area in Iceland in five modified Land Rover Defender 4x4s. As they crossed a fast-flowing river of glacier water one of the Land Rovers engines failed in the deep water and got wedged on an underwater sandbank.   All four of the passengers managed to escape through a window and got onto the roof of the Land Rover but the freezing water was rising quickly around them and they had no mobile phone coverage - thankfully they had a SPOT Gen 3! They sent an SOS message using one of the team's two SPOT messengers to the International Emergency Response Agency, GEOS and built an improvised shelter out of their equipment on the roof of the 4x4 to shelter from the cold wind and rain. A search and rescue team kept in contact with the Overleven team using its Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone. Two hours later they were able to reach the remote location in huge, modified all-terrain vehicles. The river was flowing even faster and the water was deeper than earlier but they were able to drive straight up to the stranded 4x4 and bring the four trapped adventurers safely to shore within minutes. A rescue helicopter also arrived and checked that everything was okay while recovery vehicles towed the stranded Land Rover out of the water. Dennis van Dokkum of Overleven Survival School, commented, "The SPOT messenger was very useful. A couple of locals had thought SPOT wouldn't work in Iceland, but they were wrong, it worked perfectly. And as a wilderness guide and survival instructor I now can confirm that SPOT really does work. Please keep up the good work you do providing your services to those of us who enjoy the outdoors and adventure." SPOT devices are one way messengers which allow you to send your GPS location and pre-programmed message to your personal contacts or an Emergency Response Centre. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where mobile phones don't. If you are interested, please take a look at our website

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  • DeLorme Encourages Parents to Give the Best Gift of All this Christmas

    DeLorme launched a campaign this week with a positive message: give your children the gift of adventure and change their lives forever. You can watch a video entitled "The Best Gift of All," which features real Dads and daughters telling stories about their adventures together and how they were inspired to explore the outdoors. Also featured are female adventurers who have broken boundaries and excelled in each of their chosen activities. "Introducing children to new outdoor activities and places is one of the greatest gifts a parent can ever give. Outdoor adventures offer one of the best ways to teach integrity, self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in ways that no other activity can. Plus, it creates a bond with the parent or mentor that every child yearns for," said Bryan Martin, executive director of Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization that seeks to transform the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions. "We believe that a meaningful experience in the outdoors has the ability to change a life. While Big City Mountaineers is making a huge difference for many kids, their greatest desire is to have these transformational life experiences with their mom, dad or close loved one. DeLorme's message is so critical and we applaud them -- and many other major outdoor brands -- for coming alongside our organization in support of getting more kids outside," Martin said. Knowing that adventurers - especially parents and children - want to stay connected and safe, the DeLorme inReach SE satellite communicator offers 100% global coverage with very affordable, contract-free plans and is rapidly becoming the indispensable, highly versatile tool outdoor enthusiasts, global travelers, boaters, hunters and recreational aviators don't want to be without. The inReach Explorer model also helps reduce the number of people getting lost in the wilderness by integrating route planning, waypoint creation, and basic navigation, along with the ability to both send and receive text messages, 100% global coverage, GPS tracking and SOS alerting.

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  • GTC Provide Satellite Tracker for David Hempleman-Adams Polar Ocean Challenge

    Adventurer David Hempleman-Adams has spent the last forty years exploring the most challenging but stunning terrains on our planet and embarking on the sorts of adventures that most of us would only dream of attempting. He is internationally renowned after becoming the first person in history to complete the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’ which means that he has not only reached the North and South Poles but also the summit of the highest mountains on all seven continents - but he still has at least one more challenge to complete! Next year David will set off on the ‘voyage of a lifetime’: The Polar Ocean Challenge. He intends to be the first British man to circumnavigate the North Pole and is prepared to face daily peril from pack ice for the chance to achieve an ambition he has held for over 20 years whilst promoting the devastating effects of global warming. The voyage would have been impossible in the past due to the lack of ice free months in the Arctic Ocean and so the fact that it is now possible illustrates the extent that climate change is affecting the landscape of our planet. David hopes to collect scientific readings throughout the voyage that will improve our understanding of the true impact of global warming and he will also promote the cause through education by visiting schools on his journey. We are providing David with a vsatellite tracker that uses the global Iridium network and will enable him to share his GPS coordinates, course, speed and elevation in real-time with friends and family. The inReach SE will also allow David to send and receive messages and perhaps most importantly considering the dangerous areas he will be traversing he will have constant access to an SOS button. GTC wish David the best of luck! If you are interested in joining him on his voyage of a lifetime please click here for more information on how to get involved.

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