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!

Antony Jinman South Pole Mission

Antony 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. In the next few days Antony will be leaving the UK and heading to the South Pole to Antony Jinmanfulfill his childhood dream of reaching both the North and South Pole and becoming one of only a handful of Britons to achieve this feat. He will arrive on the ice on the 23rd November and will set off on his solo journey across Antarctica and will be picked up at the South Pole almost two months later after skiing for a grueling 730 miles!

Antony is embarking on this expedition not only to achieve his own lifetime goal but as a means to inspire and educate children. We are lending a DeLorme inReach SE to Antony so that his expedition will be completely interactive and school children from all over the country will 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.

DeLorme-inReach-SE-Satellite-TrackerAntony 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 will also give Antony an opportunity to teach people about the environment of the South Pole and potentially inspire a future generation of explorers!

We would like to wish Antony the best of luck on his expedition and look forward to watching his progress online.

New SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger ready to ship next week!

We are pleased to announce that the new SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger has been released and they will be available to ship from GTC next week!  You can already pre-order your device online.

SPOT-3-Satellite-GPS-Messenger-frontThe SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger offers one-way communication, SOS alerting and follow-me tracking all in a small and simple to use device. It works in areas of the world where no other forms of communication exist, including oceans, deserts and mountains ensuring that it is not only an invaluable line of communication with friends and family but a potentially lifesaving piece of kit if the worst should happen and you find yourself in an emergency situation.

The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger is the latest product in a multiple award winning range of SPOT devices but it offers great new and enhanced services including motion-activated tracking. The SPOT Gen3 has a vibration sensor that tells it to send track updates when you are moving and to stop when you do; regardless of the level of tracking that you choose (Basic, Unlimited or Extreme). This means that you don’t have to remember to reset your tracking after 24 hours, as was the case with previous SPOT devices, and is also a great new battery-saving feature. On top of this the SPOT Gen3 has approximately twice the battery life of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and more options to power it including Energizer® Ultimate Lithium 8x Batteries, Energizer® NiMH reusable batteries and line power with a 5v USB Connection.

 The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger also offers new tracking options:

  • Unlimited Tracking: Set it and forget it. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn’t stop until you do.
  • Extreme Tracking: Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2 ½ minutes. Don’t miss a step with increased track rates!

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As well as these new features the SPOT Gen3 has all of the basic features that you would expect from a SPOT device:

  • S.O.S.: With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe The S.O.S. button is for emergencies only.
  • Check In: Let family and friends know you’re ok when you’re out of cell phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
  • Help/SPOT Assist: Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations. Or, use SPOT Assist for professional services on land or water. (Additional service required).
  • SPOT Assist: SPOT Assist allows you to notify third-party towing professionals of your request for assistance on land or water. (Additional service required).
  • Custom Message: Stay in touch while off the grid by sending your custom message. Set up a message before leaving to send to contacts with your GPS location. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.
  • Tracking: Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date.

Easy to carry, the SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger weighs just 114 grams including batteries and fits in the palm of your hand. It is proven to be one of the best value for money lifesaving and communications devices that you can carry when travelling in remote areas so head to our website to order one soon!

DeLorme Christmas Offer – 2 Months Free Airtime

Christmas is around the corner and DeLorme are celebrating by offering two months of free airtime if you activate a DeLorme inReach or inReach SE during November or December*.

All you need to do is choose an annual plan, sign up directly with DeLorme at http://inreachdelorme.com/holiday/ and enjoy the first two months of your annual subscription plan completely free!

DeLorme inReach and inReach SE’s are essential travel companions if you venture into areas with no mobile phone network coverage as they offer two way communication, tracking and locating and 2 way SOS services- all with 100% global satellite coverage, enabling you to share your journeys and keep in touch with friends and family wherever your adventures take you.

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*This offer is NOT available if you sign up directly with GTC. Two months credit is applied within 30 days of activation. Not valid on seasonal subscriptions. See inreachdelorme.com/holiday for full offer details.

Tracking Products on Trial – DeLorme inReach and SmartOne Satellite Trackers & Queclink GL200 GSM Tracker

It’s always good to see a product in action to get a feel for how it works. That’s why we tested out 3 of our most popular products on a road trip to Spain last weekend.

We used the 1,400 mile drive to Spain to put the DeLorme inReach and SmartOne satellite trackers and Queclink GL200 GSM tracker through their paces.

GTCTrack portal shows the three trackers en route to España!

GTCTrack portal shows the three trackers en route to España! Click to enlarge…

We used our GTCTrack portal which uniquely is able to show all 3 tracking products (along with a multitude of other tracking devices) on one system.  All the devices were:

  • set to transmit every 10 minutes when moving but not while stationary therefore saving battery power
  • running off their own internal battery power although they can also operate on an external line power
  • used inside the car and got a clear signal showing clear line of sight to the sky is not always necessary for trackers

So how did they perform?

DeLorme inReach

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The inReach performed consistently throughout the trip seldom missing it’s scheduled 10 minute transmission.  It’s great to know that the inReach would perform like this anywhere in the world as it has global coverage.

For faster journeys tracking intervals can be increased to every 30 seconds to show routes with increased accuracy. Tracking intervals range from 30 seconds to hourly intervals.

Find out more about inReach

SmartOne

SmartOneSmartOne also performed well and tracking points were extremely accurate.  With message charges from just £0.05 the device can be used to transmit location messages frequently without running up large airtime bills.

The SmartOne is the most flexible of the three devices as it can be configured with many different rules e.g. to only transmit when it moves out of certain co-ordinates.

The SmartOne has the best battery life of all devices and can easily track the return journey without replacement batteries. It could probably go on to track other journeys for at least another couple of months using the same tracking configuration, or years using a lower tracking transmission setting.

Find out more about SmartOne

Queclink GL200

GL200-gsm-tracker-side-thumbThe GL200 performed well in open spaces but did miss a few tracking points when travelling through remote areas in the mountains.  However, if it is not essential for messages to transmit even in areas with no GSM coverage the Queclink is a great value option as the device and airtime are low priced compared to satellite options.

The GL200 is the best device for covert tracking as due to its small size it could easily be placed underneath a car using its magnetic mount without the driver knowing to track the journey.

Find out more about the Queclink GL200

All three devices proved to be reliable throughout the trip and could be used in a wide variety of situations whether you are travelling on foot, by bike, car, plane or hang glider (as used by some of our more adventurous customers!)

If you would like to see more examples of the devices in use please contact us.

The DeLorme inReachSE Satellite Tracker is Now Available to Rent from GTC!

We are excited to announce that we have a new addition to our rental stock: the DeLorme inReach SE. The DeLorme inReach SE combines the latest satellite communication technology and product innovation to create a satellite communicator that not only allows you to send and receive text messages, track your location and make SOS calls, but it does it all in a sleek device that can fit in your pocket!

hiking-2933If you do not have any long-term need for a satellite tracking device or don’t want to go to the expense of purchasing your own then renting an inReach SE from us could be the ideal solution. You avoid the trouble of setting up a contract and escape having to commit to a lengthy contract term and all with a daily rental rate of just £4 a day!

The inReach SE is simple to use and a great travel companion as the tracking feature enables you to share your journey with your friends and family at home by posting your location and trip details to MapShare. You can also use it to send and receive text messages to any phone or email address and post to social media sites even when you are off the grid without mobile phone coverage.

The SE provides 100% pole-to-pole coverage via the Iridium satellite communications network, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas, offering you complete peace of mind. In the event of an emergency, you can trigger an SOS, receive delivery confirmation, and then have a two-way text conversation with the search and rescue monitoring center until help arrives.

The inReach SE has GPS accuracy to +/- 5 metres and is designed for maximum durability in harsh environments thanks to its IP67 rating that means it is waterproof and dustproof. It is also impact-resistant (Mil-STD-810F for vibration/shock) and has a long-lasting internal rechargeable lithium battery so it will be ready whenever you are.

Our DeLorme inReach SE satellite trackers are available with next day delivery, perfect for any last minute rentals and they come with all the accessories you need to get started so contact us or visit our website to book in your rental today!

SPOT2 GPS Messenger Offer: Save over 25% on the RRP

Global Telesat Communications are offering a great deal on the award winning SPOT2 GPS Messengers.

The special offer includes a SPOT2 (which comes packaged with an arm armband mount), an annual subscription, and the Track Progress plan. These items were originally priced at £227 but Global Telesat Communications are now offering the complete package for just £165, which is over 25% off of the recommended retail price!

The SPOT2 Satellite GPS Messenger Personal Tracker offers one-way communication virtually all over the world, even whilst out of mobile network coverage and is capable of sending custom pre-written messages to your contacts along with your current GPS location so that you are able to keep in touch with friends and family at all times. The SPOT2 is also able to send help and SOS messages so that you can notify emergency services of your GPS location if you need assistance.

Spot-Google-MapThe Track Progress Plan enables the SPOT2 to automatically send a tracking message every ten minutes, allowing friends and family to follow your route and the progress of your journey online. It also allows you to publish waypoints, using Google Maps so that your route can be reviewed at a later date.

The SPOT2 is incredibly simple to use, and has served as a lifeline for hikers, cyclists, and other outdoors enthusiasts, having initiated more than 2,300 rescues worldwide, and so to take advantage of this fantastic offer, please visit the Offers page on our website, or call our sales team on +44 (0) 1202 607486.

Using SPOT Connect Satellite Tracker to Navigate Using Offline Maps: Map & Go

The SPOT Connect is an invaluable tool for people who travel outside of network coverage as it makes it possible to use smart phones as satellite communicators whilst off the grid.

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SPOT Connect have now introduced a new way to display maps for navigation and tracking of your locations while you are outside of network coverage called Map & Go. This great new feature allows users to initially download maps whilst in an area with internet access and then access them easily once they are off the grid.

map&goMap & Go allows users to navigate to a desired region and to adjust the map to the appropriate degree of zoom, enabling them to select maps that are relevant to their own specific journeys. Downloaded maps are stored in your device’s memory and when entering or exiting areas with mobile coverage, map views in SPOT Connect will transition seamlessly between online (Google) maps and user’s personally created offline maps.

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At the moment there are two types of maps available for users to download but SPOT LLC will add more in future releases. The maps that are currently available are the OpenStreetMaps that are most useful for basic navigation in relation to landmarks and the OpenCycleMaps that are specific to cycling routes but also provide some topographic maps for hiking or back country activities.

To create Offline Maps, first select the Settings view in the App and navigate to Map & Go. Tap on Map Type to choose a Map Source and then follow the relevant steps until the desired map has been downloaded.