James Ketchell & Anthony Ward Thomas to “Pedal The Ocean” with DeLorme Tracker from GTC

In less than two weeks’ adventurer’s James Ketchell & Anthony Ward Thomas will embark on a challenge that has never been attempted before. They will set off from The Canary Islands in a unique boat that incorporates a pedalo and rowing position, as well as a kite system and then pedal, row and kite 2930 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

pedaloThey are undertaking this challenge in order to raise money and awareness for Hampshire hospice Naomi House that offers essential care for more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children.

They are taking a DeLorme inReach SE satellite tracker supplied by GTC on their trip so that they keep in touch with friends and family via the global two-way messaging function. The DeLorme inReach SE will allow them to compose and send messages of up to 160 characters at a time and they can also view and respond to incoming messages directly on the screen. If they were to find themselves in an emergency situation they will also be able to trigger an SOS and interact with emergency services until they are rescued.

DeLorme inReach SEDeLorme now offer a pay monthly service for all DeLorme inReach devices called the Freedom Plan that is ideal for occasional use as you can suspend your subscription when you don’t need to use your tracker but keep all of your account data and tracking points.

If you are interested in sponsoring their Pedal The Ocean challenge please click here. If you would like to learn more about the DeLorme inReach SE or order one for yourself, please click here.

GTC celebrates seven years since formation

This month we celebrate 7 years since Global Telesat Communications (GTC) was formed. We take a look back at the key moments so far and what the future holds for GTC and our customers.

December 2008 – GTC Founded

largeGTC was founded by Managing Director David Phipps. With previous experience in satellite communications in the US market David saw the potential in the UK for a supplier offering competitive pricing and expert advice.

GTC was launched as a family owned and run business.

December 2010 – Rental Service Launched

isatphone-2-in-use-20141015005-1200x801Originally GTC offered satellite phones for hire with a one month minimum term. Today we offer satellite phones, trackers, broadband terminals and Wi-Fi hotspots. With just a minimum term of 1 week we can ensure you stay connected wherever you travel.

Read more about our rental range

Autumn 2011 – GTC launches new website

Our latest website was launched with an updated design and offering a wider range of products.

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March 2012 – Amazon Storefront Launched
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GTC opened our UK Amazon storefront selling a handful of products. Today we sell on Amazon storefronts in 9 different countries with over 200 products listed on each site.  Purchasing through Amazon allows our customers to take advantage of additional delivery options including free delivery for Amazon Prime customers.

Visit our UK Amazon Storefront

 

January 2013 – GTCTrack Launched

With satellite trackers gaining popularity it became clear that there was a need for one platform where trackers from different manufacturers could be monitored in one place. GTCTrack was developed for this purpose and is currently used by customers varying from security companies to race organisers and first aid responders.

Read more about GTCTrack

July 2014 – GTC provides sat phones for UK leg of Tour de France

Globalstar-GSP-1700We were proud to supply 100 Globalstar GSP-1700 handsets to the organisers of the UK leg of the Tour de France.

The route through the UK covered remote locations where mobile phone coverage was poor or non existent and so sat phones were required for emergency purposes.

Globalstar phones were recommended for their excellent value for money handsets and airtime options.

Read more about sat phones provided for Tour de France

December 2014 – SatCallSaver Launched

SatCallSaver-LogoAfter listening to customer feedback we understood that the high cost of calling a sat phone was sometimes prohibitive to both businesses and individuals alike.  SatCallSaver overcomes this problem by assigning a local number to the sat phone number – inbound callers simply call the local number at a local rate and will be diverted to the sat phone.  The sat phone user will be charged a minimal charge of just $9.99 per month along with a charge to receive the call (charge varies depending on sat phone network).  For frequent users the cost of the monthly fee soon outweighs the cost of calling a sat phone which can be as much as £10 per minute!

Read more about SatCallSaver

 

February 2015 – GTC Merger

GTC merged with Orbital Tracking Corp and its subsidiary Orbital Satcom Corp, US-based providers of satellite based tracking, voice and data communications. The three companies combined now service around 10,000 existing customers around the world.  GTC remains a family run business.

 

SPOT Gen3 Personal Tracker

SPOT Gen3 Personal Tracker

July 2015 – GTC and Globalstar celebrate 5000th SPOT Device Sales Milestone

GTC reached a major sales milestone with the shipment of its 5,000th SPOT tracking device, making us one of the largest SPOT distributors in Europe.  SPOT products offer users worldwide peace of mind, by allowing them to track their assets, use location-based messaging and emergency notification technology and to make calls beyond the reach of mobile signals.  Over the past seven years, lone-workers and outdoor enthusiasts have come to depend on SPOT’s life-saving capabilities. SPOT products have been used to initiate over 3,500 rescues globally and are currently at an average of a rescue every day.

Read more about GTC’s SPOT sales history

 

October 2015 – New Premises

GTC moved to new premises in Poole doubling in size the space we have available for employees and stock.  Our new location allows an improved environment to meet with customers and demonstrate the wide range of variety of products we have on offer.

Would you like to see our products in action? Contact us to arrange an appointment.

 

December 2015

Today GTC is a family run business with over 8,000 customers serviced by 10 employees working from Poole.

 

Looking to the future

We are very excited to be working on the final stages of our new website which will be launched in the New Year.  The new site features improved layout and navigation and is mobile friendly.

Sneak peak of the new GTC website, due to launch in Q1 2016

Sneak peak of the new GTC website, due to launch in Q1 2016

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Thank you to all our customers for your continuing business!

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

womenofadventureDeLorme 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.

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


polar ice.epsAdventurer 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.

David-Hempleman-AdamsThe 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.

World’s smallest commercial one-way satellite asset tracker from Globalstar now in stock

SmartOne-C-Satellite-Asset-TrackerThe long-awaited SmartOne C is now in stock at Global Telesat Communications.

Key product features include:

  • Accelerometer that alerts owners to any unexpected motion
  • Ability to dynamically report asset status and monitor faults
  • Excellent battery life of over 1.5 years
  • Ability to function as stand-alone device – does not require external antennas or line-power

Order SmartOne C Online Today

Polar Expedition Leader Alex Hibbert discusses his satellite communications set-up

Polar-LandscapeAlex-HibbertAlex Hibbert is a world record-holding polar traveller who has skied further on an unsupported Arctic journey than anyone in history.  He relies on a variety of Iridium satellite comms devices provided by GTC to keep in touch in the harsh environments he encounters.

We spoke to Alex about his use of satellite phones and find out how he applauds GTC for their “no-nonsense approach” to customer service.

“Just one example of GTC's support, having had a 9575 charging adapter crunched by the jaws of a polar bear alarm dog, was to have a replacement fast-tracked half way around the world.”

“Just one example of GTC’s support, having had a 9575 charging adapter crunched by the jaws of a polar bear alarm dog, was to have a replacement fast-tracked half way around the world.”

When did you first begin to use satellite phones?

“By the time I launched myself into the expedition world in the late 2000s, satellite communications were very much in command; traditional radios had been outdated and replaced. Nonetheless, early models were simple in design, far behind even the fledgling mobile phones of the time, expensive and with glitches.”

How did your relationship with GTC develop?

“I began as a customer of GTC in 2011, attracted by their keen pricing and no-nonsense approach to customer service. If I needed a straight answer to a question that had major safety ramifications, I knew I’d get it. Handsets came and went over the years, and data solutions started appearing. A few years ago GTC formalised its support of my projects and vice versa – grown in the way sponsorships should be: from a long accumulation of trust and excellent performance and not due to being the highest bidder.”

Alex uses the Iridium Extreme to keep in touch on his Polar expeditions

Alex uses the Iridium Extreme to keep in touch on his Polar expeditions

What satellite communications equipment do you currently use?

“My current outfit is the Iridium 9575 Extreme and AxcessPoint for data (with a second AxcessPoint and 9555 handset for redundancy). The ruggedness of the handset itself and the quality batteries (critical on long journeys) combines with a far more reliable Iridium satellite network than transpired in the past.”

How will you change your communications set-up as technology advances?

“As the next generation of Iridium appears, with the GO! data terminal and its replacements to take advantage of long-awaited fast Iridium data bandwidth, I will entrust GTC to make sure I stay connected. Just one example of their support, having had a 9575 charging adapter crunched by the jaws of a polar bear alarm dog, was to have a replacement fast-tracked half way around the world.”

Find our more about Alex at www.alexhibbert.com

Thuraya announce expansion of SatSleeve range with Thuraya SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot

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Thuraya have announced two new additions to the popular SatSleeve range – a range of accessories which allow you turn your smartphone into a satellite phone.  SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot join SatSleeve for Android and SatSleeve for iOS launched in 2013.

SatSleeve+ comes with a universal smartphone adapter, broadening its appeal to a larger number of smartphone owners than was previously possible.  The adapter also allows users to switch between handsets,so owners of more than one smartphone do not need to buy additional kit.  It also features a new and improved voice routing system that broadcasts the call directly from the smartphone.

SatSleeve Hotspot’s stand creates a portable satellite Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing users to use their smartphones for satellite connectivity without physically docking to a unit. This feature is also ideal for those who want the freedom to make and receive calls indoors. The SatSleeve Hotspot is the smallest, lightest, and most capable in the industry.

Both models let you 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.

Iridium Push-to-Talk now available from Global Telesat Communications

Global Telesat Communications is pleased to have been approved by Iridium as an Authorized Iridium Push-to-Talk Reseller

Iridium’s Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service. It enables fast, simple, and global group communications at the push of a button, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth.

Iridium can deliver push-to-talk the way it was meant to be, without the expense and limitations of traditional ground-based towers and repeaters.

Iridium PTT Handset

Iridium PTT Handset

Iridium Push-to-Talk users will make a connection using the Iridium PTT Handset which facilitates global push-to-talk service as well as all the popular features of the Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phone including voice, SMS, and GPS tracking via satellite.

The Iridium Extreme PTT has an IP65 rating which means it is dust proof, shock resistant and jet water resistant. It also offers military-grade 810F durability.

Iridium PTT Control Center

Iridium PTT Control Center

There are various airtime options for Iridium PTT depending on how many users and regions you need to use the system in.  PTT plans have just a one month minimum term and Monthly Fees start from $750 for 2 x PTT handsets operating within 100,000 km2.

See all PTT Airtime Options

Once the user has set-up their desired Talk Group Plan with GTC all Talk Group and Handset settings can be controlled directly by the user through the Iridium PTT Command Center.

Talk Groups

  • Have a Monthly Fee based upon the Size Limit
  • Can contain an unlimited number of handsets (there will be a separate monthly fee for each handset)
  • Can be set by the user in the Control Center in Circular or Rectangular areas or by using specific latitude / longitude coordinates in a list view
  • Can be split into up to 10 different coverage “regions”. There are no restrictions on where the coverage may be placed on the earth.

Handsets

  • Can be assigned to a maximum of 15 Talk Groups
  • Will be charged a single Monthly Fee for PTT
  • Standard Iridium Voice & Data services will require a separate contract

Iridium Push-To-Talk can only be purchased through an Authorized Reseller who has undertaken specific PTT Training.

Contact us on 01202 801290 to discuss Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) options to suit your requirements.

DeLorme inReach SE hailed “one of the most significant developments in outdoor safety in the last decade” by GTC customer Ray Mears

"Compact in size and weight it is finding its way to an ever increasing number of packs"

“Compact in size and weight it is finding its way to an ever increasing number of packs”

Offering global coverage and an affordable price point it’s no wonder that the DeLorme range of satellite trackers are some of our bestselling products here at Global Telesat Communications.

GTC have been supplying DeLorme trackers for 3 years to customers for many different uses – from customers undertaking Atlantic crossings, polar explorations and cross-continent road trips to those working in dangerous or remote locations.

One of our customers who has really put the SE device through its paces is leading authority on Survival Skills and Bushcraft, Ray Mears.  During a recent catch up with Ray he shared his thoughts on the personal satellite tracker.

“The inReach SE is one of the most significant developments in outdoor safety in the last decade. For anyone heading off the beaten trail or travelling in remote wilderness the ability to send a distress SOS message is comforting. But perhaps more importantly, the ability to communicate two ways by text or email enables the user to receive updated information from home and to modify plans during an expedition.”

Photo courtesy of www.raymears.com

Photo courtesy of www.raymears.com

Ray went on to say “In an emergency the ability to both send and receive data can help rescue services to understand the nature of a problem and to tailor their response accordingly. Compact in size and weight it is finding its way to an ever increasing number of packs. For independent travellers it is also a reliable way to simply stay in touch with family and friends when travelling off grid.”

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Read more examples of GTC customers and how they use their DeLorme:

British Adventurer completes Expedition1000 after kayaking 1000 miles with a DeLorme inReach Explorer

Antony Jinman Completes South Pole Mission

Check out Jon Beardmore’s DeLorme page, driving on a 25,000 mile round trip to China/South East Asia and back.  https://share.delorme.com/JonBeardmore

Product Update: Iridium Push-to-Talk

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Iridium Extreme PTT Handset

Iridium Extreme PTT Handset

What is Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT)?

Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service. It enables fast, simple, and global group communications at the push of a button, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth.

Iridium can deliver push-to-talk the way it was meant to be, without the expense and limitations of traditional ground-based towers and repeaters.

What does the Iridium Push-to-Talk system comprise of?

The solution includes the Iridium PTT service; the Iridium Command Center, the cloud-based management system where radios and talk groups are managed; and the Iridium PTT radios, including the Iridium Extreme® PTT (MSRP $1,599) and other devices powered by the Iridium PTT 9523 Core transceiver, which enables manufacturing partners to further expand the enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.

When using PTT , the handheld device gives your team access to unparalleled situation awareness and control features, including:

  • Automatic registration
  • Over-the-air talkgroup programming
  • PTT service status
  • Dynamic talkgroup selection and monitoring
  • Device talker ID
  • Device talker distance and bearing
  • Visual and audio talkgroup scan

PTTWho would use Iridium Push-to-Talk?

Iridium PTT is applicable in every corner of the globe in every industry. It goes above and beyond current satellite and terrestrial offerings, working globally, utilizing small and portable devices, through instant connections.