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!

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!

GEOS Alliance- International Emergency Response Coordination Center

Many of our devices have an SOS function on them including the Iridium Extreme, DeLorme inReach, DeLorme inReach SE and the SPOT devices; this means that if you find yourself in an emergency situation you can reach out for help. Once you press the SOS button on your device the message is sent to the GEOS Alliance and they alert the emergency services that are relevant to your location.

GEOS LogoThe GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) is the world’s first commercial global alerting post for Satellite Emergency Notification Devices (S.E.N.D.). All of our satellite devices that have an SOS function use GEOS in case of an emergency as it has the ability to provide real-time monitoring and response worldwide and is made up of various 24/7 monitoring centres that focus on travel safety, tracking, security services and emergency alerting for clients.

GEOS is an alerting post, meaning that when you press the SOS button on your satellite device they receive the alert and notify the appropriate authorities to perform a search and rescue mission. However, in many instances their duty doesn’t end there and the mission coordinators at the IERCC maintain a liaison with the family, first responders and in some instances a user’s embassy, keeping all parties up to date with the new position information, updated medical information and any other pertinent data until the mission or call is resolved.

GEOS understand that they are only as good as their partners and contacts and that is why they use the same COSPAS-SARSAT database that the Rescue Coordination Centre’s around the world have access to so they know exactly whom to call at all times (A Rescue Coordination Centre is a primary search and rescue facility in a country). They have also formed alliances with partners internationally, providing them access to resources that other organisations may not have access to. This can mean the difference of a few minutes, if not more, and when conducting a search and rescue mission this can mean the difference between life and death.

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GEOS are a truly global organisation and their coverage area is the entire world, or at least the part of the world that the various devices that they monitor can reach. GEOS have conducted rescues from as far North as the Arctic Sea to the very Southern tip of South America, coordinating search and rescue missions for everything from aircraft crashes to avalanches to piracy attempts.

GEOS services are delivered through a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the unparalleled experience of the very best and most respected specialists in the fields of International Search and Rescue (SAR) and worldwide emergency response. Since GEOS commenced operations in November 2007 it has rescued in excess of 3,500 people that may not have been here otherwise.

GEOS operates globally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year and aid in the rescue of all saveable lives whether it is land, air or sea. Their motto is “So others may live to tell about it”.

DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator Now Available

Global Telesat Communications is pleased to announce the arrival of the much anticipated DeLorme inReach SE satellite communicator, the lowest priced 2 way satellite communication device currently available.

DeLorme-inReach-SE-Satellite-Tracker90% of the world’s surface lacks mobile phone coverage but many people require the ability to keep in touch at all times and that is why devices such as the inReach SE are so useful. The inReach SE operates over the Iridium satellite network and so provides truly global two-way satellite communications, 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 SE was designed for maximum durability in harsh environments; it has an IP rating of 67 and is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant so you can use it in all environments. It has a long-lasting internal lithium battery with 100 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode for ultimate convenience and portability.It has a slim design, a colour screen and a virtual keyboard with predictive text that allows you to type out 160 character messages using the device itself, these can then be sent to any mobile phone number, email address or social media page even when outside of mobile network coverage. The inReach SE is the only device in its price category that is able to both send text messages and receive them. On top of that you will always receive a delivery confirmation that your message was sent.

The inReach SE is able to keep you safe anywhere in the world. If you find yourself in an emergency situation you can use the built-in SOS button to trigger a distress alert, you will then receive delivery confirmation and can then describe and update your situation via a two-way text conversation with GEOS, DeLorme’s 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring centre until help arrives. This function automatically activates the remote GPS tracking feature with accuracy to +/- 5 meters and this then assists the search-and-rescue personnel who will be trying to locate you, this works whether you are stationary or on the move.

hiking-2933The inReach SE has the ability to maintain satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments and has adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to four hours. It also has a remote real-time follow me/find me tracking feature that uploads your GPS position updates to a dedicated MapShare page where your friends and family can log in and follow a detailed breadcrumb trail of your trip, as it happens. They are also able to ping a location and send messages to you via the MapShare page.

The inReach SE has standalone capabilities but can also be wirelessly paired to your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android phone using the DeLorme Earthmate App, essentially turning them into global satellite communicators and navigation tools. Once you have paired your inReach SE with your mobile device you will get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and North American NOAA charts and if they are downloaded prior to departure you can access them in the Earthmate App even when outside of mobile phone coverage. Pairing your inReach SE to your phone or mobile device also has the added benefit of making text messaging even more simple and convenient.

We now have the DeLorme SE in stock and it is available to buy online from our website for £200 plus VAT.

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.

DeLorme and Iridium Summer Promotion for inReach Devices

DeLorme and Iridium have teamed up to create a great promotion on airtime for inReach products this summer. When any inReach or inReach SE device is activated for the first time in either June or July 2013 it will receive two free months of airtime (the two months credit will be applied within 30 days of activation).

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inReach devices are the only two-way satellite communicators available that are able to receive responses to text messages, making it possible to interact with anyone, anywhere in the world with 100% global coverage.

The special offer applies to all safety plans, recreational plans and expedition plans as long as they are activated and serviced through the DeLorme Explore Portal. The offer is however only valid for new, end user, subscribers and can not be applied retroactively on existing subscriptions and is not valid on seasonal subscriptions or Enterprise plans.

Users must register for the promotion by clicking here and filling in their purchase details.

Global Telesat Communications Introduces the DeLorme inReach™ Satellite Communicator to UK and European Consumers

First affordable, two-way communications solution provides GPS tracking and locating, SOS alerting and text messaging anywhere in the world using the Iridium satellite network.

Delorme-inReach-Satellite-TrackerGlobal Telesat Communications (GTCL), one of the UK’s leading suppliers of mobile satellite voice, data and tracking services today announced that it has been appointed as an authorised distributor of the DeLorme inReach™ 2-way satellite communicator and will offer it to maritime, recreational, enterprise and aeronautical users across the EU.

Featuring a truly comprehensive list of functions, inReach takes advantage of the Iridium network to ensure complete global coverage, making it the ideal safety companion for anyone travelling or working in remote areas. As a standalone product, inReach can send pre-defined text messages to designated recipients, activate remote tracking – allowing others to follow movements online – and send SOS messages to local search and rescue services. Additionally, it visually confirms that messages have been transmitted for reassurance during an emergency.

The device can also be paired with a compatible smartphone or tablet via a free downloadable app for full text messaging capabilities, enabling the user to keep in touch with family and friends or describe their situation and location in detail in the case of an accident. Using inReach in paired mode will allow the user to view progress on a route, with detailed information regarding heading, speed, and elevation. Built to last, the product is capable of being submerged in up to 3 metres of water, is buoyant, dustproof, and can operate at temperatures as low as -20°C to +70°C.

“Compared with similar two-way GPS satellite trackers and messengers on the market, it is easily the most affordable at £157.50 (ex VAT); no other product has the same range of features at that price-point. We anticipate that this will make inReach very popular for both leisure and business users alike and are pleased to add DeLorme’s satellite GPS device to our existing range of products,” said David Phipps, Managing Director of GTCL.

“Launching this important relationship with Global Telesat expands DeLorme’s international presence and signifies our continued growth around the world,” said Jim Skillings, Vice President of Commercial Products. “Because of Global Telesat’s established reputation and success in the region, as well as the product’s pole-to-pole global coverage through the Iridium satellite network, inReach is uniquely positioned as the safety and communication solution of choice for people whose work or recreational activities take place every day in remote regions and other areas not covered by cell phone service.”

The DeLorme inReach has won many awards from respected outdoors and technology publications since its debut at the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, including several ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Gear of the Year’ accolades.

For more information visit http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/satphone/Delorme-inReach-Satellite-Tracker.html

About Global Telesat Communications

Global Telesat Communications Ltd (GTC) is a supplier of mobile voice and data communications services via satellite. GTC provides equipment and airtime for use on all the major satellite networks including Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya allowing users in remote locations to make phone calls, connect to the internet and track assets or personnel anywhere in the world. GTC also offers a rental service for customers requiring equipment on a short-term basis.

Global Telesat Communications Ltd, Unit A1 Arena Business Centre, Holyrood Close, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7FJ, United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44 (0)1202 607486.

Website: www.globaltelesat.co.uk

About DeLorme:

DeLorme is a longtime leader in innovative mapping and GPS products, and most recently the company has earned numerous prestigious awards for its groundbreaking integration of GPS navigation and satellite communications. The ability to develop all the critical components necessary to compete in these fast-changing technologies distinguishes DeLorme as a provider of unique solutions for both the commercial and government markets. DeLorme is based in Yarmouth, Maine, U.S.A., and is home to Eartha, the world’s largest revolving globe. To learn more, visit http://www.delorme.com.

For media information please contact:

Kim Stiver

DeLorme

kim(dot)stiver(at)delorme(dot)com

001-207-846-7018

Jim Rhodes

Rhodes Communications

jrhodes(at)rhodescomm(dot)com

001-757-753-1238

David Phipps

Global Telesat Communications

davidphipps(at)globaltelesat(dot)co(dot)uk

+44 (0) 1202 607486