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”.

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.

1,900 Rescues Initiated with SPOT Satellite Messenger Products

Spot  LLC proudly announces that their family of SPOT messenger devices, including the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and SPOT Connect, have initiated more than  1,900 emergency rescues worldwide. Since 2007, hundreds of hikers,  snowmobilers, boaters, pilots, skiers, remote workers and motorists have been assisted  by professional rescue personnel thanks to SPOT’s 100% satellite technology. These devices provide users with connectivity in  remote off-the-grid areas, beyond the range of cell phone towers and VHF radio  frequencies. SPOT  allows users to check-in and share their locations with contacts back home. In  life-threatening emergencies, users can send SOS messages with their GPS  location to the International Emergency  Response Coordination Center (IERCC). “SPOT devices can take the search out of search and rescue,”  said Russell Gubele, President and Command Officer of Mountain Wave Search and  Rescue near Mount Hood, Oregon. “Being notified of an emergency with the  location coordinates allows us to conduct our rescue efforts extremely  efficiently saving valuable time and resources. As a result, more people are  rescued from often life-threatening situations – saving lives, time and  money.”

After an SOS message is received, IERCC immediately verifies  the incident and notifies the appropriate authorities including local Search  and Rescue teams.  Rocky Henderson of Portland Mountain Rescue  said, “SPOT not only makes things easier for us, I believe it also helps  prevent unnecessary search and rescue missions from happening. Being able to  let friends and family know that you are okay is a big deal.”

SPOT  Rescue Highlights (2007-2012):                         

  • A Scout troop leader was crushed by a falling horse in Mount Hood National Forest and airlifted to safety by the National Guard.
  • The US Coast Guard rescued two people after their plane suffered a hard emergency landing on an uninhabited island southeast of Cordova, Alaska.
  • An Arkansas photographer with a broken pelvis, collar bone and ankle was rescued from a steep ravine after falling 30 feet in Ozark National Forest.
  • A backcountry skier was located and rescued after being trapped at high elevation in Norway during a severe winter storm.
  • Grand Canyon hikers initiated an air rescue for a member of their party       suffering from severe heat exhaustion.

Over 1,500 Rescues Initiated with SPOT Satellite Messenger Products

Outdoor enthusiasts including hikers, boaters, pilots and skiers are among those saved since debut of SPOT technology in 2007.

Spot LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and leader in personal satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced that SPOT messenger devices, including SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and SPOT Connect, have initiated more than 1,500 emergency rescues worldwide. Many of these rescues resulted in lives being saved both on land and at sea. Today’s announcement comes at the company’s four year anniversary since launching the world’s first satellite messenger product, the SPOT Personal Tracker.

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

SPOT provides connectivity to adventurists, travelers, weekend warriors and workers when spending time outdoors or traveling in remote areas. SPOT allows users to check-in and share their locations with their contacts back home. In life-threatening emergencies, users can send SOS messages with their GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). Because SPOT uses 100% satellite technology, it works off-the-grid beyond the range of cell phone towers and VHF radio.

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SPOT devices can take the search out of search and rescue,” said Russell Gubele, President and Command Officer of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue near Mount Hood, Oregon.  “Being notified of an emergency with the location coordinates allows us to conduct our rescue efforts extremely efficiently saving valuable time and resources. As a result, more people are rescued from often life-threatening situations – saving lives, time and money.”

Of the 1,500-plus rescues that have taken place in 105 countries, 55 percent were in the United States.  California, Colorado, Utah, Alaska and Florida are the states with the highest number of SPOT SOS activations.  Canada accounted for 22 percent of the overall rescues launched by SPOT devices. This year, rescue officials have responded to 546 SPOT-initiated requests of which 402 were land-based, 117 were at sea and 27 were aviation related.

SPOT devices allow you to view waypoints online via Google Maps.

 

SPOT Rescue Highlights (2007-2011):

  • Four fishermen were rescued from their sinking vessel by the US Coast Guard 20 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • A Scout troop leader was crushed by a falling horse in Mount Hood National Forest and airlifted to safety by the National Guard.
  • A downed motorcyclist suffering compound fractures was air lifted to a nearby hospital from a desolate California highway.
  • Two stranded climbers were rescued by helicopter from the 3,567 meter-high (11,703 feet) peak on Mount Goodsir in Yoho National Park, British Columbia.
  • The US Coast Guard rescued two people after their plane suffered a hard emergency landing on an uninhabited island southeast of Cordova, Alaska.
  • An Arkansas photographer with a broken pelvis, collar bone and ankle was rescued from a steep ravine after falling 30 feet in Ozark National Forest.
  • A backcountry skier was located and rescued after being trapped at high elevation in Norway during a severe winter storm.
  • In Nevada, a man working alone was injured and trapped under heavy machinery. He was extricated and transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
  • A 20 year-old college student was rescued after falling 200 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • A hiker suffering a severe medical emergency was rescued in Australia and transported to the nearest medical facility for surgery.

Upon receiving an SOS message, GEOS immediately verifies the incident and notifies the appropriate authorities including Search and Rescue, the US Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Highway Patrol, State Emergency Management centers and International Agencies.  Each year, hundreds of hikers, snowmobilers, boaters, pilots, skiers, remote workers and motorists receive necessary aid from professional rescue personnel who otherwise may not know of the situation or the victim’s location.

Rocky Henderson of Portland Mountain Rescue said, “SPOT not only makes things easier for us, I believe it also helps prevent unnecessary search and rescue missions from happening. Being able to let friends and family know that you are okay is a big deal.”

Spot LLC recommends being equipped with the proper knowledge, skills and gear like the SPOT Messenger to help prepare for outdoor activity.  Research weather conditions, bring food and water, wear proper clothing and share trip details with others before leaving.  For more information on outdoor preparedness and SPOT Messenger products and services visit findmeSPOT.com /Prepared.

Read complete SPOT rescues stories at www.findmeSPOT.com/en/spotemergency.

Globalstar Continues to Deploy New Second-Generation Satellites

Globalstar, Inc. announced that the second of six satellites launched in July is now operational and processing mobile satellite voice and data call traffic to customers in North America and around the world. The deployment of these six satellites from the second launch is on schedule. The first two launches were successfully conducted in October of 2010 and July of 2011. Globalstar is currently planning to launch six additional satellites in December.

The first satellite from the July launch was placed into service in August and the four remaining satellites are expected to become operational over the next few months. The new second-generation satellites are designed to support Globalstar‘s current lineup of voice, Duplex and Simplex data products and services including the Company’s SPOT retail consumer products. As each new Globalstar satellite becomes operational, service availability and reliability improvements will benefit those customers who use the Company’s voice and Duplex data services. With each subsequent launch, these customers can expect a progressive return to high quality coverage and call completion reliability. Globalstar is currently deploying its second-generation satellite constellation and launch services provider Arianespace has been contracted to conduct launches of six satellites each.

Bank Holiday August Saver Offers

Take advantage of our 9-Day Sale on selected satellite phones and trackers this week and receive FREE next day delivery and 1 month extension on Iridium airtime only!

Get one of our amazing August Bank Holiday Package between 22nd August and 31st August and save up to £115! Please call us on 0800 112 3919 and quote Bank Holiday Offers when buying!

Hurry! Our 9 Day Sale ends Wednesday 31st August 2011!

New SPOT Connect now in stock

Have you been waiting for the release of the SPOT Connect? There’s good news. It has finally landed on our store shelves.

Stay in touch with friends, family, and emergency personnel when you go beyond the reach of the grid. With SPOT Connect you can simply pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet, update Twitter and Facebook, send email and text messages, track Progress on Google Maps™ or SPOT Adventures page, request non-emergency help from professional service providers, and in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance.
SPOT Connect is now available to order at our online store.