Globalstar and Global Telesat Communications Celebrate 5,000th SPOT Device Sales Milestone

Orbital Tracking Corp., (OTCQB:TRKK) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Global Telesat Communications Ltd. (GTCL) and Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd (NYSE MKT:GSAT) reached a major sales milestone with the shipment of its 5,000th SPOT tracking device, making GTCL one of the largest SPOT distributors in Europe and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Mobile Satellite Solutions (MSS) including satellite mobile voice, data and tracking services.

Since forming its initial Distributor Agreement with Globalstar in early 2013, GTCL has significantly expanded its global sales and distribution efforts to include Globalstar’s unique line-up of high quality satellite voice and duplex data solutions, satellite phones, airtime plans and accessories. GTCL has seen considerable SPOT sales growth across a number of recreational consumer verticals including outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, competitive sports including runners and cyclists and in commercial use for remote field worker scenarios providing increased worker safety and communications capabilities.

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. In 2014, there were 27 rescues in Europe alone.

“Our partnership with Globalstar has never been stronger and we are pleased to have reached this notable sales milestone in such a short timeframe. Thanks to Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to building one of the most advanced and capable second-generation satellite constellations, along with its expansion into new markets, such as in Africa with the launch of its Botswana gateway, we are seeing a great many new, untapped sales opportunities for our portfolio of cost-effective and reliable MSS products,” said David Phipps, Managing Director of Global Telesat Communications.

SPOT Top 10 Country Rescues

SPOT Top 10 Country Rescues

Globalstar recently completed a constellation-wide upgrade programme including the launch of 24 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites. In addition to upgrading its satellite fleet, it is also modernising its ground station network such as in Gaborone, Botswana which has extended Globalstar’s reach into Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We wish to commend GTCL for this sales achievement and for its work as a valuable Globalstar partner. Supported by the industry’s most modern and robust satellite communications platform, GTCL plays a critical role in ensuring that SPOT is the clear choice for customers around the globe who require reliable connectivity and accurate GPS tracking solutions,” said Mark O’Connell, Director of European Sales & Business Operations at Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.

 

Just some of the awards that SPOT devices have won:

Globalstar now offering Pan-African Satellite Coverage

Globalstar announced last week that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling Globalstar to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent. This new gateway provides Globalstar’s full line of simplex services, including its SPOT Gen3 and SPOT Trace devices which offer affordable personal tracking.

Updated Globalstar Simplex Coverage

Updated Globalstar Simplex Coverage

Much of the African continent has limited terrestrial and/or cellular infrastructure. In these regions in particular, Globalstar’s satellite services, which leverage the industry’s only complete next generation satellite constellation in orbit, provide a compelling must-have solution for seamless tracking of people and assets. The Globalstar network enables professional, corporate and government users to monitor vital infrastructure and can also enhance the effectiveness of life-saving emergency first responder services.

“Expanding our service throughout Africa demonstrates Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to making our technology globally accessible,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “We see this region as a significant growth opportunity for our low cost satellite solutions. For the first time, people and industries in this burgeoning region will have access to affordable satellite solutions for personal and asset tracking and we look forward to working with BBi to make our technology available to more people and businesses across Africa.”

‘Lap The Planet’ with a SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Tracker

Lap the PlanetGTC customer Peter Adam Smith is embarking on an incredible challenge on the 25th July – he hopes to ‘LAP THE PLANET’ on his bike in less than 100 days! His aim is to break the current Guinness record for cycling round the world and also become the oldest holder of the record.

I believe that, by achieving my goals, not only will I be making history but I will also inspire others to find their own dreams and go in search of the limits of their own capabilities…regardless of anything that might otherwise have held them back. Peter Adam Smith

Peter purchased a SPOT Gen 3 from us to track his journey. The SPOT Gen 3 provides a critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel into remote areas where regular forms of communication are unavailable and so it will be perfect for Peter as he will undoubtedly be cycling through some challenging terrains.

If you are interested in satellite tracking devices please give us a call on 0800 112 3919 to discuss your requirements or visit our website for more information.

 

SPOT Gen 3 helps German mountaineer communicate in Everest avalanche

Young German mountaineer and climber Jost Kobusch

Young German mountaineer and climber Jost Kobusch

When the earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April, the young German mountaineer and climber Jost Kobusch (22) was on an expedition to Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. His video of the avalanche hitting the Everest Base Camp has already been watched by more than 22 million people.

In the run-up to this expedition, Jost prepared carefully, conducted physical training and put a lot of thought into the choice of his equipment. He bought a SPOT Gen3 device based on a friend’s recommendation.

Jost-Kobusch-3SPOT Gen3 is a satellite messenger that allows users to send messages to friends and family, to share their current GPS location in almost real time via its tracking function and send a SOS signal to emergency responders. Thanks to its use of satellite technology, SPOT Gen3 works where there is no mobile phone service.

Jost’s video on YouTube was proof that he had survived the avalanche unharmed. But within seconds of the avalanche, with a single press of the ‘check in’ button, Jost had sent a text message including his current GPS location to his parents, saying “I’m fine. Everything is alright.”  They received the text even before they knew what had happened.


“From now on, the SPOT will always be a fixed part of my equipment. I think of it as a replacement for a mobile phone in extreme environments,” he said. The great advantage Jost sees is that by pressing a single button he can reach many people or can call for help, without having to actually type a message and send it to every person individually.

Since he was young, Jost has loved the mountains. His plan to climb Lhotse solo andJost-Kobusch-1 without additional oxygen would have been another milestone in his career as a mountaineer, but due to the earthquake his expedition came to a sudden end.

Jost has now returned to Nepal where he is supporting rebuilding activities and fundraising campaigns. Afterwards he will fly to Kirgizstan as part of the team establishing the “Climb for life” project.  They want to establish the small village Arslandbob as a destination for climbers and mountaineers. By developing training routes,  training guides and providing climbing equipment they hope to sustainably create additional income sources for the local people.

Find out more about SPOT Gen 3

Save up to $75 off your DeLorme inReach this June!

DeLorme-inReach-Summer-Rebate-2015

DeLorme-inReach-Summer-Rebate-2015-2DeLorme have launched their latest promotion offering you up to $75 off a DeLome inReach this summer.

New purchases of inReach SE Satellite Trackers are eligible to receive $50 rebate and inReach Explorer Satellite Trackers $75.

DeLorme inReach devices provide a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it and emergency assistance when you need it. Subscription plans start from just $11.95 per month making DeLorme satellite trackers an affordable option for communication in remote locations.

With your DeLorme inReach you can:

  • Send email or text messages
  • Transmit GPS coordinates
  • Call for help wherever you travel across the world

To be eligible for the rebate follow these simple instructions:

  • Purchase a new inReach SE or Explorer between 1 June 2015 – 27 June 2015
  • Complete DeLorme Rebate Form included with your inReach device
  • Activate your nReach by 15 July 2015, post rebate form by 15 July 2015
  • Provide a copy of the original sales receipt showing product info and valid date
  • Provide the original UPC cut from the product packaging
  • Rebate checks will be mailed or credit applied to account in 8-10 weeks

Have questions on the DeLorme inReach Rebate Scheme?  Give us a call on 01202 801290

Globalstar launch SmartOne C – world’s smallest commercial one-way satellite asset tracker

SmartOne-C-Satellite-Asset-TrackerCompact, robust device provides connectivity for assets of any kind, whether fixed or mobile, virtually anywhere including areas well beyond cellular coverage.

  • SmartOne C breaks new ground in commercial asset management
  • Compact, robust device provides connectivity for assets of any kind, whether fixed or mobile, virtually anywhere including areas well beyond cellular coverage
  • Creates new opportunities for customers to leverage the power of the Internet of Things (IoT)

The SmartOne C complements Globalstar’s existing SmartOne B model while opening up new opportunities for a wide range of businesses to monitor and manage their fixed and portable assets including shipping containers, transport trailers, construction machinery and vehicle fleets.

At the core of the SmartOne C is an accelerometer that alerts owners to any unexpected motion, such as attempts of theft. The device can dynamically report asset status and monitor faults, both of which can significantly enhance operating efficiency across numerous metrics. Since the launch of the original SmartOne in 2012, over 150,000 units have been shipped and used across multiple industry sectors including multimodal, aviation, alternative energy and military customers.

This enhanced model expands Globalstar’s Simplex solutions portfolio set and offers commercial and governmental customers the opportunity to benefit from the smallest simplex asset manager in the marketplace.

As further evidence of the robustness of SmartOne, should the line power be interrupted or fail, the SmartOne B and SmartOne C both automatically switch to battery back-up to provide uninterrupted transmissions. The SmartOne C uses four AAA 1.5V lithium batteries that provide over 1.5 years of battery life. Using line-power enables shorter messaging intervals for more frequent monitoring of an asset’s location or reporting of external sensor state.

The SmartOne C uses motion sensors, comparative GPS positions and custom configured sensors to gather and transmit asset status information. It is designed for easy installation, without requiring external antennas or power.

SmartOne C is compatible with our www.GTCTrack.com mapping portal which allows you to view positions, generate reports, geofences and alerts to asset movement.

SmartOne C features include:

  • Reduced messaging mode: when the asset remains in the same location, messaging is reduced to increase battery longevity
  • Message settings: Wake, GPS locate, transmit location, resume sleep and additional 12 programmable sleep and time-of-wake settings
  • Small size: 2.7 (H) x 3.25 (W) x 1 IN (D) including brackets [69 x 83 x 25 mm]
    Lightweight: 3.6oz/102g including four batteries and mounting hardware
  • Quick and flexible installation: uses industrial adhesives, brackets or screw mounts for installation
  • Simple design: requires no harnesses, external power or external antenna
  • Accepts contact and serial signals (TTL) from external inputs

SmartOne C is powered by Globalstar’s Simplex data network, enabled by Globalstar’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, the only complete next generation LEO system in operation today.  Check out the Globalstar Simplex Coverage Map

 

 

SPOT Provide Satellite Tracking and Safety for The Toughest Foot Race on Earth: MARATHON DES SABLES

MDSThe Marathon Des Sables (MDS) saw the world’s toughest runners take on the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they raced across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 50C!

Each participant, some 1,450 extreme athletes representing over 70 nations, used the latest version of SPOT from Globalstar, the SPOT Gen3 throughout the entire race to ensure their safety.

With SPOT 3’s, MDS race organisers and emergency support services were able to precisely track each runner’s location via a user-friendly display of GPS positions in real-time via the DREAMAP platform. If a racer was to get into any trouble, such as sustaining an injury, with the single press of a button, emergency services could have been alerted, his or her GPS coordinates would then have been transmitted, and help would have been rapidly dispatched to the runner’s location – luckily there were no emergencies!

SPOT Satellite Devices Continue to be Essential Gear for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Adventurers

Over 600 Global Rescues Initiated in 2014, 500 in North America Alone

Globalstar-SPOT-TraceSPOT announced today that its products have been used to initiate over 600 rescues in 2014 and over 500 in North America. Since the technology’s launch in 2007, over 3,400 rescues have been initiated due to the SPOT product family. With hundreds of thousands of SPOT units in service globally averaging a rescue a day, SPOT delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking, completely independent of cellular coverage.

“SPOT products are crucial for the outdoor recreation market and aviation, as well as a critical government and enterprise solution,” said Jay Monroe, CEO and Chairman of Globalstar. “We receive reports almost daily from individuals who have thankfully had our products when they needed them most. Continuously saving lives drives us to keep innovating satellite communications solutions that reach a market well beyond traditional mobile satellite users.”

SPOT products offer users peace of mind worldwide, by allowing them to track their assets, utilize location-based messaging and emergency notification technology and to make calls beyond the boundaries of cellular. Over the past seven years, boaters, hunters, recreational pilots, hikers, off-road travelers and outdoor enthusiasts have come to depend on the lifesaving capabilities of SPOT.

A noted rescue recently occurred when Tom Madlem, who had been riding motorcycles for years, embarked upon the one trip he had never taken as a biker: Death Valley. The first part of the trip was going to force him to commit the “cardinal sin” of biking – riding through the desert alone as it would take him 1-2 days to meet up with a friend traveling along with him. His wife and son convinced him to purchase a SPOT Gen3 before the trip, just in case. On the second day of his trip, he suffered a fall on the bike – “an easy fall – one that I’ve experienced many times – but I’m getting older and my bones are getting brittle,” Tom comments. He realized he had broken his leg and immediately activated the Gen3. Search and Rescue was there within a couple of hours.

SPOT continues to innovate with products and services that deliver peace of mind, reliable connectivity and accurate GPS tracking solutions that are relevant to millions of users around the world, such as:

  • SPOT Gen3, rugged and affordable device providing off-the-grid messaging, emergency alerts, extended battery life, and extreme GPS tracking at 2 ½ minute intervals.
  • SPOT Global Phone, (marketed in EU as GSP-1700) the most affordable satellite phone available in retail, allowing users to make calls virtually ANYWHERE beyond the boundaries of cellular.
  • SPOT Trace, GPS tracking device using 100% satellite technology to track anything, anytime, anywhere. Never lose sight of your car, boat, motorcycle, ATV or other valuable gear – perfect for anyone who has something worth protecting.
  • The SPOT App, convenient web-based interface allowing users to easily view their SPOT messages, show their track points and monitor their assets via smartphone or tablet.

Atlantic Odyssey II is underway with 13 yachts from 11 Nations

Boats head to the start line in a stormy looking La Palma. Image courtesy of Cornell Sailing

Boats head to the start line in a stormy looking La Palma. Image courtesy of Cornell Sailing

All 50 sailors who started in the Atlantic Odyssey II from La Palma to Martinique January 8, 2015 preferred spending the Christmas holidays and New Year in Europe before crossing the Atlantic, as opposed to the choice made by the crews of the 33 yachts that participated in the Atlantic Odyssey I which started from Lanzarote in November 2014 and were looking forward to spend their holidays in the tropics.

As with previous Atlantic Odyssey rallies Cornell Sailing will use DeLorme inReach satellite trackers supplied by Global Telesat Communications.  Using a combination of the GPS and Iridium satellite networks, the DeLorme inReach tracking devices provide 100% global coverage and will automatically transmit regular GPS location reports from the participating yachts.  This will enable the yachts to be visually located and monitored by race spectators and organisers anywhere in the world – track the progress of the rally.

The DeLorme trackers also have an SOS capability which hopefully none of the participants in this rally will need to use.  Unfortunately in the November rally one yacht used their DeLorme to initiate an emergency medi-vac: Read more about the Emergency Medi-Vac.

As varied as the yachts hailing from 11 different nations, were the crews starting from the Marina La Palma on the island of La Palma which is called la isla bonita (the beautiful island). There was a father and son crew, a 3 men crew who had been sailing together for 30 years, couples with and without children, families with children and friends, a boat-owner with friends and a paid skipper. Variety was also to be seen in the type of boats: old steel yachts, brand new yachts, secondhand boats, a new catamaran, all together 13 yachts built in 9 countries.

We wish all participants of Atlantic Odyssey II 2014 a safe crossing.

About Atlantic Odyssey

The Atlantic Odysseys are organized by Cornell Sailing Events.  The next Atlantic Odyssey will start from Lanzarote on November 18, 2015 and from La Palma on January 9, 2016. Both are bound for Martinique. For those sailors wishing to make a more leisurely crossing, the new Islands Odyssey will leave from Lanzarote on 1 October 2015, visiting all the Canary Islands before leaving from La Palma bound for the Cape Verdes, Barbados and Martinique.  For more information see www.cornellsailing.com.

 

Antony Jinman Has Completed His South Pole Mission

On the 17th Jan Antony Jinman reached the South Pole and fulfilled his childhood dream of reaching both the North and South Pole. He became one of only a handful of Britons to achieve this feat and it was on a special date for Antony- the anniversary of the date that his hero Captain Scott first reached the South Pole in 1912.

AJ South Pole 1Antony Jinman is the founder and CEO of Education through Expeditions (ETE), a social enterprise set up to inspire young people to learn more about the world around them and follow their dreams.

He arrived on the ice on the 23rd November and set off on his solo journey across Antarctica- reaching the South Pole less than two months later after skiing for a grueling 730 miles! Once he had arrived he had his photo taken next to the engraved South Pole and said “I’m delighted with how things have gone, my training for the project, and all of the help and support from schools across the UK and further afield (for example the Service Children’s Schools in Germany).”

DeLorme-inReach-SE-Satellite-TrackerAntony embarked on this expedition not only to achieve his own lifetime goal but as a means to inspire and educate children. We lent a DeLorme inReach SE to Antony so that his expedition could be completely interactive and school children from all over the country would be able to ask him questions and track his progress online. The DeLorme inReach SE can send and receive messages and tracking signals from anywhere in the world and is designed for maximum durability in harsh environments, making it the perfect travel companion for Antony on his solo expedition.

Antony wants to promote healthy nutrition and lifestyle in schools and has created a variety of activities and resources to teach children about diet, exercise and human biology in an interactive way. ETE’s research has proven that interactivity can have a significant impact on classroom learning, achievement and pupil aspiration. The expedition also gave Antony an opportunity to teach people about the environment of the South Pole and potentially inspire a future generation of explorers!