Your chance to win a SPOT 2 Satellite Messenger

SPOT recently announced their 3000th rescue and to celebrate here at www.globaltelesat.co.uk we are offering one lucky winner a SPOT 2 Satellite GPS Messenger all of their own worth £96!

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when you need it. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where mobile phones don’t – all with the push of a button.

To enter all you have to do is like and share our competition Facebook post.

SPOT 2 could be yours!

SPOT 2 could be yours!

SPOT really is a life-saving device – let’s take the case of Manfred Tennstedt who in February this year had was sailing with two friends across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe in a 39-foot sailing boat, Bribon II, when the boat’s rudder broke. After assessing the situation, Manfred pressed the emergency button on his SPOT to alert emergency services and fortunately five hours after the initial distress signal, all three crew were safely back on land.

Tennstedt commented, “We had decided to take a SPOT so that family and friends could track our every move on the trip, not intending to use it for a rescue. As it was, we were very happy with the way things turned out. Our friends and family back in England and Austria were kept apprised of every step of the rescue and felt reassured about our wellbeing.”

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 Terms:

Prize winner is eligible for one SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger (SPOT 2) and shipping to any address in the UK.

The prize does not include annual subscription which is required to enable the device to transmit messages.  Annual subscription plans are available from €99 per year at www.findmespot.com.

Winner will be named on our Facebook page on 1 July 2014.  We will contact the winner via Facebook to arrange delivery.

Inmarsat BGAN helps deliver healthcare to remote areas in two innovative cases

BGAN satellite broadband is being used to improve high mortality rates and maternity care in the Amazon and West Africa.

TSF deploys BGAN in the Amazon

TSF deploys BGAN in the Amazon

In the Amazon where one in ten mothers and their babies die before their 1st birthday, Inmarsat-sponsored aid agency Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is using BGAN in the region’s first ever eHealth network.  The network allows health professionals to provide pre-natal, birth and post-natal care at four isolated health centres – improving the diagnosis and care of around 40,000 mothers and their babies.

Healthcare professionals use the Cobham Explorer 700 to feed back medical conditions and obtain advice

Healthcare professionals use the Cobham Explorer 700 to feed back medical conditions and obtain advice

TSF installed the Cobham SATCOM Explorer 700 terminals after training technicians and health professionals at the health centres spread over the Rio Negro region in the north-west of the rainforest.

Using the terminals, midwives will be able to consult with other healthcare specialists at the main clinic in the town of São Gabriel da Cachoeira to remotely monitor and diagnose conditions.

An eHealth project using Inmarsat’s BGAN in Gabon, West Africa has shown how people living in a remote rainforest can benefit greatly from telemedicine.  The project used a BGAN terminal to transmit ultrasound images to doctors at a local hospital and to Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, where they could consult with patients in real-time.

Eye exam: images are remotely reviewed by doctors

Eye exam: images are remotely reviewed by doctors

Mathieu Forgues, a Harvard medical student, used a battery-powered VSee Telemedicine Field Kit alongside the BGAN terminal which comprises of an iPad, diagnostic tools and medical devices such as ultrasound equipment. It provides high-quality video across four camera feeds, allowing doctors to see the patient and real-time medical images and readings when connected to the internet via BGAN.

Mathieu travelled 50 minutes by boat from the local hospital, Albert Schweitzer Hospital, to two remote villages where he carried out ultrasound chest and ear check-ups on children.  The images were then relayed to Dr Jean-Daniels at Albert Schweitzer Hospital, which serves a large catchment of up to 60 villages.  Mathieu said: “For many villagers, especially children, this is the only chance they will have to see a doctor because there may be only one paediatrician in the area.”

Becky Wai, VSee’s Director of Medical Services, said: “Inmarsat plays an essential role in extending medical services, remote health consultations or online health education and training to rural and remote areas that are otherwise without the internet.

“The BGAN terminal is small enough to put it in a backpack and it’s ready to use in less than a minute when in the field. There’s no complicated set-up and configuration – just pressing a few buttons.

“During the two trial visits to the village, Inmarsat was 100 per cent reliable, offering all needed services to link remote medical teams to city-based doctors.”

Ecuadorian fishing fleet to be fitted with 4,000 Globalstar SmartOne Satellite Tracking Devices

Globalstar announced today that their SmartOne device has been chosen for the first regional pilot project of its kind for Ecuador, which will outfit 4,000 artisanal fishing fleet with life-saving satellite tracking and emergency notification devices.

Fishing trawler on the water at sunrise

The contract will initially outfit 4,000 small fishing boats with Globalstar’s leading satellite transmitter, the SmartOne.

The contract awarded to VehSmart will initially outfit 4,000 small fishing boats with Globalstar’s leading satellite transmitter, the SmartOne. SmartOne devices will provide Ecuadorian fishermen and women with a means for help at sea when facing a life-threatening emergency including piracy. By linking to Ecuador’s National Emergency Response System, the SmartOne devices will be outfitted with a proprietary panic button that any sailor can activate discreetly to summon a rescue.

“We are pleased to participate in this unique, first of its kind project with VehSmart and the Ecuadorian government,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “This plan showcases the global life-saving power of Globalstar’s technological offerings, providing peace of mind and real-time information when it matters the most.”

SmartOne

The SmartOne devices will be outfitted with a proprietary panic button that any sailor can activate discreetly to summon a rescue.

The combined risks of an unpredictable marine environment and piracy attacks make fishing one of the world’s riskiest occupations, with a high annual cost both in lives and lost or stolen property. During 2012, 184 acts of piracy occurred against Ecuadorian fishermen, according to the Ecuadorian government. During 2013 alone, the Ecuadorian government replaced 370 stolen boat motors. Pirates steal the boat motors and leave the fishermen stranded out at sea. These stranded fishermen often die, leaving families bereaved and without economic resources. Between January and April of 2013, seven Ecuadorian fishermen disappeared at sea. The Globalstar SmartOne provides a means for fishermen to not only send an SOS, but also allows authorities to pinpoint the location of the distressed vessel and send lifesaving rescue personnel.

“Through the implementation of satellite tracking devices, fishermen will feel better protected with a greater level of security,” said Vice Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Guillermo Morán.

“We are very excited to bring this life saving technology to the fishermen of Ecuador,” said Brian Story, CEO of VehSmart. “We will be delivering unprecedented peace of mind to the families of those that risk their lives and property every day at sea.”

The satellite devices will also provide the Ecuadorian Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries with a wealth of information about the seasonal movements of the fishing fleet. Authorities will be able to police overfishing and better protect exclusionary zones, such as the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands, one of the richest and most bio diverse ecosystems on earth.

Fishermen and women will also have access to a robust software platform, protected by login script and viewable on handheld devices and computers. Boat owners will be able to access information about their vessels, track the whereabouts of loved ones at sea and use historical data to identify prime fishing areas.

Introducing the inReach Explorer: the World’s First Satellite Communicator with Built-In Navigation

DeLorme has announced that they are releasing a brand new product: The inReach Explorer. This new device will incorporate a new range of navigation functions alongside DeLorme’s award-winning technology to ensure that you can stay connected wherever you go.

In addition to the messaging, DeLore inReach Explorertracking and SOS capabilities currently offered by the DeLorme inReach SE, users of the inReach Explorer can now view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. An easy-to-follow map view displays routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. The built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors ensure accuracy and provide heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics.
 

The inReach Explorer also offers the features that DeLorme inReach SE customers will be familiar with: 

  • Using DeLorme’s Explore portal, inReach owners can also plan their routes and waypoints ahead of time and share their trip details with family and friends to follow along online with the user’s MapShare page or via social media posts.
  • Using DeLorme’s Earthmate App, inReach Explorer also pairs wirelessly with iOS and Android devices to access map data and make text messaging even more convenient. When paired with a mobile device, inReach owners get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app, even when beyond cellular coverage.
  • In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to communicate via text back and forth with responders at the international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring center, ensuring prompt response with the appropriate resources.
  • inReach communicates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite connections, high network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60-second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas.

The inReach Explorer will be available to buy from our website in early May.

15 Minutes to Set-Up Your Satellite Phone

We often have customers come to us with last minute requirements or those who are worried that setting up their satellite phone will be complicated but it needn’t be.

Once your SIM is active here’s how to get started.  GTC customers will receive an email once the SIM is active with their phone number details.

If you’re not sure on the status give us a call on +44 1202 801290.

1. Make sure the SIM card is inserted into the satellite phone

Remove the battery and insert the SIM card with gold PINs facing down. The exception is modern Globalstar phones which do not require a SIM card.

clear-line-of-sight-to-the-sky2. Take the phone outside and find a clear line of sight to the sky

For best performance, move away from tall obstacles such as buildings or trees.

Make sure the antenna is fully extended and pointing to its optimal position (straight up to the sky).

For Inmarsat and Thuraya handsets face towards the equator.

3. Make a test call from the satellite phone

When dialling make sure you dial in international format:

e.g. to call GTC dial 00 44 1202 801290.

Use a + or 00 in front of all numbers.

Calling into the phone

Use the same method to call into the phone i.e. a + or 00 in front of the number.

Having problems? Check with your operator that they support calls to satellite phones. Try dialling from a different network.

Did you know…Inmarsat & Iridium customers can call these test numbers for free ?

Inmarsat: +870776999999

Iridium:  +1-480-752-5105 

4. Send a test message*

Enter the recipient’s phone number in international format.

Sending an SMS to the phone

Use the same method to send a text into the phone i.e. a + or 00 in front of the number.

*Excludes Globalstar which does not have SMS capability.

Did you know…You can send a free SMS to some satellite phones?  Visit:

http://msg.iridium.com/

http://connect.inmarsat.com/Services/Land/IsatPhone/SMS/sms.html

https://sms.thuraya.com/

 

Do you have any other tips for getting started with a satellite phone?

 

Post a comment and let us know!

The SPOT Trace: Brand New Satellite Asset Tracker

The newest member of SPOT’s growing family of products has arrived! Using 100% satellite technology, the SPOT Trace tracks your most valuable assets virtually anywhere in the world, beyond the reach of traditional cellular coverage.

SPOT_Trace

The new SPOT Trace is the ultimate anti-theft satellite asset tracking device. It ensures cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are where they need to be, notifying you via email or text message when movement is detected anytime, anywhere. You can also follow your assets on Google Maps at anytime on your phone or on your computer.

SPOT Trace features include:

  • Tracking. View your asset’s GPS coordinates from your smartphone or online
  • Movement Alerts. Receive texts/emails when SPOT’s vibration sensor detects your asset has new movement
  • Dock Mode. Configure your device to track an asset that is primarily stored on the water
  • Power Off Message. Receive a notification if your device is powered off
  • Low Battery Message. Receive a notification when the device’s batteries are low
  • Status Message. Receive a once per day alert to let you know your asset is secure
  • Multiple Mounting Options. Mount your SPOT Trace in a variety of ways
  • Small and Durable. Use it practically anywhere
  • Long Battery Life. Up to 18 months of battery life
  • Customized Tracking Options to Fit Your Needs. Select the rate at which tracking updates are sent – every 2 ½, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes
  • User Friendly. Simple to set up and easy to use

You can find out more about the SPOT Trace and pre-order yours by clicking here.

Inmarsat announce IsatPhone 2

The 2nd generation IsatPhone handset will offer tracking, an emergency button and pageability will be available at the end of March.

IsatPhone 2

IsatPhone 2 will be available from the end of March 2014

IsatPhone 2 will target the higher end of the satphone market. A slimmer handset with a high-quality feel, it has additional features and functionality over IsatPhone Pro, such as tracking, an emergency button and pageability.

Offered at a higher price point than IsatPhone Pro, it will still deliver excellent value. The new phone is expected to particularly appeal to end-users looking to upgrade from an outdated existing satphone.

Meanwhile, IsatPhone Pro will continue to be marketed as the lower-cost satphone option.

With two phones, differentiated by price and performance, our voice portfolio will allow you to attract customers in two very diverse markets.

 

We will shortly add information on the IsatPhone 2 to our website, contact us to be added to our IsatPhone 2 Mailing List.

Thuraya Launches Vehicular IP Broadband Terminal

Thuraya Telecommunications has launched its first dedicated vehicular IP broadband terminal.

Designed and manufactured by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions, Thuraya IP Voyager is a cost-effective, high-quality satellite terminal designed for end-users in the government, oil and gas, media, and relief sectors. It is the only terminal available in the market capable of achieving streaming IP rates of up to 384 kbps as well as user-definable asymmetric streaming.

Thuraya-IP-Voyager

Randy Roberts, Vice President of Innovation at Thuraya said: “Reliable connectivity and mobility are essential for users who need to communicate with their field teams and to file reports while on-the-move. The Thuraya IP Voyager broadens our Land IP portfolio and is part of our strategy to give end-users the power of choice when it comes to having high-quality, reliable connections at competitive prices, no matter where they are.”

Thuraya IP Voyager enables remote users to collaborate reliably and efficiently using video, data and VoIP services to achieve mission-critical tasks in areas that are not served by terrestrial communication networks. It is designed to connect at IP broadband speeds of up to 444 kbps while on-the-move and includes a built-in Wi-Fi access point as well as four Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports to connect multiple wired devices.

Asher Faredi, Product Manager of Land Data at Thuraya said: “Many parts of the world remain unconnected by terrestrial networks. In developing the Thuraya IP Voyager, we listened closely to our customers to understand their needs and we were able to design a robust “comms-on-the-move” terminal that it is easy to install and facilitates real productivity in the field. There is an opportunity in the land vehicular terminal market, which is now being addressed with the Thuraya IP Voyager.”

GTC will have pricing available shortly for the Thuraya IP Voyager.

 

 

Globalstar Home Zone Extended to Include North America

Since it’s launch last month the Globalstar pre-paid service has proven to be very popular offering rates as low as 47p per minute.

The service has now been improved even further as users can now make calls with their pre-paid service in North America.

Globalstar Pre-Paid Coverage Map

Globalstar Pre-Paid Coverage Map

To take advantage of the Globalstar pre-paid service you need a GSP-1600, GSP-1700 (just £250 ex VAT!) or GSP-2900 handset.  Then simply choose from one of the great value pay as you options available and you are ready to make calls wherever your travels take you.  The current pre-paid options available are:

Globalstar-PrepaidContact us today on 01202 801290 if you have any questions on the Globalstar pre-paid service.

 

 

Our pick of the top 5 gadgets for your next expedition

Hike in desertEvery January we get plenty of enquiries from people full of enthusiasm to plan their next adventure. Of course, for those planning trips in remote areas satellite communications are often an essential part of their trip not only for keeping followers back home up-to-date but also for their life-saving SOS functionality.

Here’s our pick of the best gear for your next expedition:

DeLorme inReach Satellite Trackers

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The DeLorme range of inReach Trackers are award-winning satellite communicators that use the Iridium global satellite network to enable communication anywhere in the world.  The trackers offer 2-way personal and SOS communications and remote Follow-me/Find-me tracking and have been used by numerous GTC customers to track journeys all over the world.

Can I see the inReach in action? 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

DeLorme Satellite Trackers are available from £150 ex VAT

BGAN Satellite Internet TerminalsThrane-Explorer-in-Use

BGAN terminals are ideal for travellers who need an internet connection during their trip. We offer a variety of terminals, all offering speeds of at least 384 kbps.  Although they are not as fast as the speed home broadband connections we are used to these days they are fine for sending and receiving emails, photos, updating blogs and general internet browsing.

Who uses a BGAN terminal? British adventurer Leo Houlding counts a BGAN terminal in his top five expedition gadgets:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/09/expert-guide-gadgets

BGAN Terminals are available from £1,115 ex VAT

Thuraya SatSleeve

thuraya-satsleeveThe Thuraya SatSleeve is a world first in satellite add-ons, transforming an iPhone 4/4S/5 into a satellite phone, allowing you to send and receive SMS messages and make calls using the Thuraya network, which covers 2/3rds of the planet.  It’s great to know that you can use your normal iPhone in areas of GSM coverage to reduce costs and have the back-up of the SatSleeve in more remote areas.  The iPhone 5 version also allows you to use data services to update your Facebook and Twitter pages.

Coming soon…Thuraya SatSleeve for Android handsets

http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/blog/thuraya-launches-satsleeve-for-android

Thuraya SatSleeve is available from £415 ex VAT

Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite PhoneGlobalstar

With inclusive plans offering voice and data calls for as little as €0.15 per minute and the lowest handset prices in the market, Globalstar sat phones are hard to beat. In 2013 Globalstar became the only mobile satellite service provider to deploy a second-generation constellation of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites, allowing you connect to one of the most advanced and modern satellite networks currently available. With pre-paid plans being launched at the end of Jan Globalstar is a great value handset.

Who uses a Globalstar sat phone? Team Savoir Faire used a Globalstar phone on their round Britain rowing challenge http://www.gbrow2013.com/

Globalstar GSP-1700 is available for just £250 ex VAT

Iridium Extreme Satellite Phone

6The Iridium 9575 Extreme is the newest satellite phone currently available. Not only does the 9575 Extreme offer Iridium’s global coverage for voice, data and SMS but it is the first satellite phone to offer the fully integrated services of customizable GPS, online tracking and emergency SOS with notification services with the 2 in 1 design allowing you to carry one less piece of kit!

Who uses the Iridium Extreme? Mountain Guide Bruce Goodlad relies on his Extreme, see his review here:

http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/blog/bruce-goodlad-review-of-iridium-9575-extreme

Iridium Extreme is available from £735 ex VAT

Have questions about any of our expedition kit? Give us a call on 01202 801290.