Round the World in 80 Days: Global Flight Challenge Completed

Dave-McElroyWe are pleased to confirm that GTC customers Dave McElroy and Chris Elgar have completed their global circumnavigation ‘Round The World in 80 Days’ (“RTW-80″) flight from and to Toronto, Canada  in their Piper Comanche aircraft. The final leg of the flight will take them back to Perth, Scotland by which time they would have flown 42,000 nautical miles (78,000 km) and achieved their ambitious target - crossing the Atlantic three times, visiting 6 continents and 57 airports – all in 80 days!

To assist with RTW-80′s flight safety requirements, GTC provided two satellite trackers to enable flight coordinators and followers from all over the world to track the aircraft’s movements and live location online at any time.

The primary satellite tracker provided by GTC was a DeLorme inReach satellite tracker which was configured to send out GPS coordinates every ten minutes throughout the entire trip with all transmissions and movements shown as a breadcrumb trail on our GTCTrack mapping portal. The DeLorme inReach is an award-winning satellite communicator that enables 2-way personal and SOS communication and remote Follow-me/Find-me tracking. Because the inReach transmits via the Iridium satellite network, it provides 100% global coverage, with no gaps or fringe coverage areas enabling the tracker to continuously broadcast Chris & Dave’s location as they circumnavigated the world.

Delorme-inReach-Satellite-TrackerThe DeLorme inReach has recently been approved by Lockheed Martin Flight Services for the LMFS Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) and Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue. Once an inReach device is enrolled in the free program, pilots filing flight plans with LMFS can receive ACAS alerts of any new or modified adverse conditions, such as severe weather or airport closures, which may arise after the pilot has received an initial briefing and filed the flight plan.

We also provided a SmartOne satellite tracker to use on-board the aircraft throughout the global trip. The SmartOne tracker is a small, standalone unit which was used on RTW-80 without a requirement for external antennas or power. It is one of the most cost effective and popular satellite trackers currently available and can be configured to transmit GPS coordinates from as little as every 5 minutes when in motion. Impressively, the  SmartOne  transmitted throughout the entire journey on just one set of AA lithium batteries and was still going strong when RTW-80 arrived back in Toronto!

Followers of RTW-80 were able to view online the movements of the aircraft using our GTCTrack mapping portal. GTCTrack is a web based integrated satellite and GSM tracking solution, compatible with modern web browsers and works on a multilingual platform that brings together all the positions of every manufactured product under one location and displays and manages them in a single unified interface.RTW80 Tracking

We have watched Chris and Dave’s progress with great interest throughout the journey and would like to congratulate them for completing the ‘Round The World in 80 Days’ challenge and raising important funds and awareness for two fantastic charities:

  • Toronto’s SickKids Hospital Foundation – 200 young lives changed – (Canada)
  • Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance SCAA – 100 lives saved/rescued – (Scotland)

If you would like to make a donation to either charity please visit RTW80′s website where there is plenty more information and links to donate.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.”

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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.

Marking its 3,000th Rescue, SPOT Satellite Devices Have Proven to be Essential Life-Saving Technology for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Adventurers

GloblastarSPOT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced today that its SPOT products have been used to initiate 3,000 rescues around the world since the technology’s launch in 2007. With over 200,000 SPOT units in service, we are now averaging a rescue a day. SPOT delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking, completely independent of cellular coverage.
“Lifesaving rescues around the globe are now a daily occurrence for our SPOT products. SPOT is an absolute must for the outdoor recreation market and aviation, as well as an essential government and enterprise solution,” said Jay Monroe, CEO and Chairman of Globalstar. “With 3,000 confirmed rescues, saving lives continuously drives us to innovate, creating affordable satellite communications solutions that reach a market well beyond traditional mobile satellite users, including millions of people globally. We would like to thank GEOS and the search and rescue teams across the world that put it on the line every day.”

SPOT products offer users peace of mind by allowing them to track their assets, utilize location-based messaging and emergency notification technology and to make calls beyond the boundaries of cellular. SPOT products work around the world, including virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa, North-Eastern Asia and thousands of miles offshore of these areas. 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.

The 3,000th rescue recently occurred in the Hayman Fire area of Central Colorado. Two avid dirt bikers were outside of cell range when an accident occurred. One of the riders, Kevin, activated the SOS button on his SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™. The GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center was alerted and coordinated the rescue with local law enforcement. “SPOT worked really well. Without it, getting out would have been more difficult and time consuming and who knows what could have happened in that time. There were a lot of different variables involved,” said Kevin.

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, 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.

The ability to send SOS notifications to GEOS and emergency dispatch services are included in the SPOT Basic Service plan. Additionally, SPOT offers the GEOS Member Rescue Benefit, for as low as $1.99 a month on an annual basis, which covers additional expenses associated with search and rescue efforts. The IERCC is staffed 24/7 with dedicated and highly trained operatives who have access to emergency responders worldwide, to ensure timely and efficient response to each emergency situation.

Introducing the GTCTrack App – Track your iPhone/Android Phone or Tablet through GTCTrack

GTC are proud to announce the introduction of the GTCTrack app. Now you can view the current location and past movements of any iPhone/Android Phone or Tablet through the GTCTrack mapping portal for just £6.50/US$10 a month*!

GTCTrack App ScreenshotGTCTrack is a web based integrated satellite and GSM tracking solution, compatible with modern web browsers and works on a multilingual platform that brings together all the positions of more than 70 devices under one location and displays and manages them in a single unified interface. With GTCTrack, asset locations and movements – including position, speed, altitude and heading – are tracked in real-time worldwide via GPS updates. The app is free to download and once you have signed up it will allow you to track your iPhone/Android Phone or Tablet at all times through the GTCTrack website for just £6.50/US$10 per device per month*.

Existing GTCTrack users can also use the app, by signing in using their username and password they will then be able to track their assets from their phone. The app will also allow existing users to track their iPhone/Android Phone or Tablet but they will be charged an additional £13.50/US$20 per device per month.

The GTCTrack app offers varying levels of GPS sensitivity, depending on battery drain requirements, and also has a messaging function which allows for messages to be sent to other devices on the same GTCTrack account. The app also offers peace of mind thanks to the emergency alert function which notifies GTCTrack contacts of an SOS or emergency situation.

For more information about GTCTrack please click here or search for the app on your smartphone or tablet (only available through the iTunes and Google Play stores for iOS and Android devices). It’s never been so easy to track your personnel, vehicle or assets, wherever they are!

*Charge applies to GTCTrack Basic Plan suitable for one device only with no geo-fencing. Charge for multiple devices on one account with geo-fencing is £13.50/US$20 a month

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.

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.

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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.

Globalstar Introduces The STX3: The World’s Lowest Power-Consuming Satellite Network Chipset for Global M2M Solutions

Today, Globalstar have launched the STX3 simplex satellite global transmitter. The STX3 is a low-cost device designed to deliver reliable one-way digital data communications for remote sensing, tracking and monitoring applications.STX3

The STX3 is a fantastic solution for anybody whose tracking devices are dispersed in remote locations as they are the lowest power-consuming modem of its type in the world and can operate for many months or years without requiring human intervention.

It is three times smaller than the previous Globalstar modem (the STX2) and at just £75, the STX3 provides a cost-effective option, designed to be easily integrated into a huge range of M2M devices and applications to enable the tracking of everything from sheep to ships!

The STX3 is also ideal for hybrid GPRS/GSM-based M2M tracking in areas with limited or no mobile network coverage. “We see a huge opportunity for VARs and OEMs to incorporate the STX3 chipset into compact and efficient communications devices targeted at a wide and fast-growing range of vertical markets,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “With its unrivalled low power consumption and small size, this chipset has the potential to accelerate the adoption of satellite-based M2M – both satellite-only solutions and hybrid cellular/satellite offerings.”

Ovinto, an M2M telematics specialist based in Belgium, is one VAR who has been testing the STX3 chipset. “We have been using the STX2 for many years as it meets our stringent requirements for reliability in even the harshest of environments including contact with explosive materials,” said Frederick Ronse, Founder and CEO of Ovinto. “We have been testing the STX3 and see great potential in using this new technology, particularly its very long battery life. Our customers want to use Ovinto Sat with the reassurance that they can go years without having to replace device batteries in wagons and containers across Europe.”

The Globalstar STX3 is available for purchase from our website.

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!

Second Atlantic Odyssey Rally due to begin on Sunday

Atlantic OdysseyOn Sunday, eight yachts will set sail from Lanzarote on the second of the transatlantic Atlantic Odyssey Rallies. These new transatlantic rallies have been launched by Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) to return to the original spirit of the ARC, with an emphasis on the enjoyment of taking part in a non-competitive and non-commercial sailing event.

We are supplying DeLorme inReach satellite trackers, airtime and online mapping capabilities for the rally.  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 through our dedicated mapping portal GTCTrack.

GTCTrack is a web based integrated satellite and GSM tracking solution, compatible with modern web browsers and works on a multilingual platform that brings together all the positions of every manufactured product under one location and displays and manages them in a single unified interface. With GTCTrack, asset locations and movements – including position, speed, altitude and heading – are tracked in real-time worldwide via GPS updates. In addition, historic data will also be available to show movements of the yachts during the course of the rally which will end in Grenada. We wish all of the participants the best of luck on their journeys and look forward to watching their progress on GTCTrack.

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!