Global Telesat Communications Awarded Contract with UK’s Forestry Commission for Emergency Response System

Forestry Commission Improves Forest Ranger Safety with Approx. 550 Globalstar SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messengers

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The Forestry Commission in England and Scotland are deploying Globalstar’s SPOT Gen3 messengers under a new sales and support contract with GTC and Globalstar. With the deployment of the new SPOT Gen3 devices, the Forestry Commission is improving the safety of its staff when working in areas with unreliable mobile phone and radio communications.

In an emergency situation, lone workers can press a single button on the SPOT Gen3 to alert emergency services via the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). The SPOT Gen3 uses Globalstar’s advanced satellite network for communications, even in remote regions. The SPOT Gen3’s tracking feature can also help locate forestry staff if there is an incident and they are unable to press the emergency button. The SPOT Gen3 can be pre-configured to send location data to a central co-ordinator every 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes providing the device is moving.

The Forestry Commission chose the SPOT Gen3 because of its small size and ease-of-use as well as its long battery life and affordability. The Forestry Commission has already deployed the first 200 units nationwide with the intention of deploying approximately 550 SPOT SPOT Gen3 over the next 12 months.

“In an emergency situation, particularly if a person is in danger of going into shock, having a device that is quick and easy to use is paramount. We wanted something small enough to fit in a pocket, yet able to provide a lifeline in critical situations,” said a spokesperson for the Forestry Commission. “Many members of our team work in the most remote parts of the UK which are unreachable by radio and mobile phones. With the SPOT Gen3, they have a satellite-based device that brings peace of mind.”

Global Telesat Communications’ Managing Director, David Phipps, commented: “The Forestry Commission is taking advantage of the latest developments in satellite technology to ensure its staff can be found and rescued in an emergency. Furthermore, with this reliable and flexible new technology, the Forestry Commission now has the ability to easily integrate satellite location data with an array of sophisticated third party applications enabling them to not only protect employees, but to more effectively manage their land and support their mission.”

Spot Satellite Tracker SOS Call Prompts Major Glen Shiel Search for Walker

The alarm was acitvated between The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine. Photo: Stuart Westwater CC-BY-SA-3.0The alarm was activated between The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine. Photo: Stuart Westwater CC-BY-SA-3.0

A Dutch walker was rescued on Sunday thanks to his Spot personal tracking device. He became disorientated in whiteout conditions in Glen Shiel and pressed the SOS button on his Spot satellite tracker. A search and a rescue team and the Inverness Coastguard search and rescue helicopter were dispatched but the poor weather conditions prevented the helicopter from conducting a proper search.

A Kintail MRT spokesperson said: “A fast party was sent up to get as far as possible to the site while the aircraft refuelled with three other members on board ready to be dropped off as high as possible to aid the search.

“With limited daylight now available and the potential of extremely bad weather due, other members were called to assist. It was good news when word was received that the fast party had spotted the person who was being led off the hill by another group who were on the hill.”

SPOT devices are one way messengers which allow you to send your GPS location and pre-programmed message to your personal contacts or an Emergency Response Centre. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where mobile phones don’t.

SPOT allows your family and friends to track your progress on Google Maps™ or send a message via satellite to others letting them know you’re safe. In an emergency, SPOT can summon help to your location quickly. Ask for Help, Check-In and Track Progress – all with the push of a button.

Compare all our SPOT satellite trackers with our SPOT personal satellite tracker comparison chart.

 

James Ketchell & Anthony Ward Thomas to “Pedal The Ocean” with DeLorme Tracker from GTC

In less than two weeks’ adventurer’s James Ketchell & Anthony Ward Thomas will embark on a challenge that has never been attempted before. They will set off from The Canary Islands in a unique boat that incorporates a pedalo and rowing position, as well as a kite system and then pedal, row and kite 2930 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

pedaloThey are undertaking this challenge in order to raise money and awareness for Hampshire hospice Naomi House that offers essential care for more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children.

They are taking a DeLorme inReach SE satellite tracker supplied by GTC on their trip so that they keep in touch with friends and family via the global two-way messaging function. The DeLorme inReach SE will allow them to compose and send messages of up to 160 characters at a time and they can also view and respond to incoming messages directly on the screen. If they were to find themselves in an emergency situation they will also be able to trigger an SOS and interact with emergency services until they are rescued.

DeLorme inReach SEDeLorme now offer a pay monthly service for all DeLorme inReach devices called the Freedom Plan that is ideal for occasional use as you can suspend your subscription when you don’t need to use your tracker but keep all of your account data and tracking points.

If you are interested in sponsoring their Pedal The Ocean challenge please click here. If you would like to learn more about the DeLorme inReach SE or order one for yourself, please click here.

World’s smallest commercial one-way satellite asset tracker from Globalstar now in stock

SmartOne-C-Satellite-Asset-TrackerThe long-awaited SmartOne C is now in stock at Global Telesat Communications.

Key product features include:

  • Accelerometer that alerts owners to any unexpected motion
  • Ability to dynamically report asset status and monitor faults
  • Excellent battery life of over 1.5 years
  • Ability to function as stand-alone device – does not require external antennas or line-power

Order SmartOne C Online Today

Globalstar Announces Integration of SPOT With Lockheed Martin Flight Service

General Aviation Pilots Can Now Fly Safer When Their SPOT Products Are Linked to Aircraft Alerting and Surveillance Services

Globalstar have announced that Lockheed Martin Flight Service (LMFS) will integrate and provide automated position monitoring for VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flights.

Using a SPOT Gen3 or a SPOT Trace, GPS tracking reports are generated and forwarded to LMFS. The system keeps track of the aircraft and if the aircraft stops moving or stops sending position reports, an alarm is triggered immediately at LMFS. The aircraft’s most recent GPS coordinates are available to be forwarded to Search and Rescue (SAR) authorities, significantly narrowing the search radius and providing faster SAR response.

SPOT Gen3 is the latest personal tracker available from SPOT

SPOT Gen3 is the latest personal tracker available from SPOT

The SPOT Gen3 also features an SOS button that can send an instant distress message along with GPS position information to GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center, immediately initiating SAR operations.

“We are pleased that SPOT devices are now integrated into our Surveillance-Enhanced Search-and-Rescue services,” said Jim Derr, Director, Lockheed Martin Flight Service. “Pilots now will be able to leverage additional tracking and rescue services that are crucial to their flight planning.”

“We are excited to work with Lockheed Martin, as together their services and our products will become even more powerful emergency notification and tracking devices,” said Jake Rembert, VP of Sales. “Our units have helped initiate over 3,500 rescues worldwide, which has included aviation rescue operations. Being able to get help fast in the event of an emergency is critical and we offer friends and family on the ground peace of mind by knowing where you are.”

 

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!

Are you feeling adventurous? Join Dave Cornthwaite on his next trip!

Dave Cornthwaite is the British adventurer behind Project Origin: 25 Stand Up Paddleboard Journeys, each 100 miles or more. A series of adventures designed to make a difference.ProjectOriginPoster

He hopes to put one million new trees in the ground within 5 years through donations, corporate support and, ultimately, through the power of adventure. He is looking for 200 people (or groups) to take on an adventure, in return for committing a minimum fundraise of £500.

The first leg of Project Origin kicks off at the end of November with a 130 mile circumnavigation of Martinique, in the Caribbean. He will be using his DeLorme inReach Explorer and we are providing the airtime so that he can track his entire journey.

If you are interested in joining Dave please click here to find out more.

British Adventurer Begins Mirage Kayak Journey From Oslo to Helsinki

Dave CornthwaiteSince quitting his day job in 2005 British man Dave Cornthwaite has written three books and broken eight world records in the pursuit of an ambitious self-powered goal that has already seen him cover over 18,000 miles around the world. Cornthwaite is now five days into the 11th leg of Expedition1000, a project to complete a series of 25 different non-motorised journeys, each a minimum of 1000 miles in distance.

On Thursday 14th August, Dave left the Norwegian capital of Oslo bound for Helsinki, Finland. He will travel over 1200 miles along the Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish coastlines using a pedal kayak powered by Hobie’s innovative Mirage system, based on the propulsion of penguin flippers.

DeLore inReach ExplorerWe are supporting Dave by supplying him with free airtime for his DeLorme inReach Explorer satellite tracker. The DeLorme inReach Explorer is the world’s only truly global satellite communicator with built-in navigation, waypoints and routing. It is capable of creating text messages via its virtual keyboard, sending out tracking points that can be viewed online, and transmitting SOS messages – enabling Dave to keep everyone at home updated on his journey via his MapShare page.

Cornthwaite is a passionate advocate of encouraging adventure as a way of developing human potential. His motto of ‘make life memorable, say yes more’ has already helped him raise over £100,000 for good causes. He hopes to raise £1 million by the end of his Expedition1000 project.

To follow the journey please take a look at Dave’s MapShare page or visit his website and facebook page.

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.

Fishing trawler on the water at sunrise

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

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

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

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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.