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.

GEOS-RAF

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”.

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.

Free tracking code for all new SPOT activations – great for Christmas

Purchase a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger before 31 December and you will receive a free tracking code worth €39.00 which when entered upon activation will enable automatic 10 minute tracking on the device.

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger not only provides an essential means of communication with friends and family but more importantly emergency assistance when you need it as the device is capable of notifying emergency services of your GPS location when you need assistance. Once the SOS button is activated SPOT will send your co-ordinates to the local emergency services and will continue to send the distress signal every 5 minutes until cancelled or the batteries are depleted.

To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is purchase your SPOT before 31 December 2012 and email your GTC invoice along with your ESN number to eusales@findmespot.com who will send you a free tracking code.

Satellite communications for yachting enthusiasts

With the ARC Rally less than 6 weeks away we take a look at the requirements of yachting enthusiasts who want to keep in touch at sea.

One of the most popular requests we receive from sailors is for a satellite phone which not only has the capability to make voice calls but also to send and receive emails and GRIB files. As a result we have put together two sat comms packages for sailors offering a great discount on everything you need to stay in touch at sea with the Iridium 9555 and IsatPhone Pro.

As well as the basic voice capability here are some of the things our customers take into account when choosing a sat phone for use at sea:

 

GRIB Files

Our SpeedMail software (free with our marine packages) gives you access to free GRIB files (requires GRIB viewer). Simply send an email with the area you need the update for and an automatic email will be sent back to you with the GRIB file.

Emails

Some customers need email at sea whether it be for work commitments or just to stay in touch with family at home.  SpeedMail allows you to send and receive emails at minimal cost from your sat phone by compressing data sent and received.

Social media from your sat phone at the click of a button

Social Media

For simple Twitter and Facebook updates our SpeedMail software allows you to keep your followers up-to-date at a minimal cost. Logging onto social networks via the usual website method can cause a lot of data to be wasted because pointless graphics and ads will be downloaded. Once you have set-up your accounts with SpeedMail you can post updates directly from the software at the click of a button. Furthermore, the updates can be queued along with your emails and sent all at one time to enable maximum data compression.

Tracking*

Let your family and friends back home know where you are with the SPOT Satellite Messenger. For an amazing £200 ex VAT GTC offers SPOT with an annual all-inclusive subscription + Track Progress which allows you to send out a message every 10 minutes for 24 hours. SPOT gives you a unique website for your followers to visit and track your movements.

*Not included in GTC IsatPhone Pro Fixed Solution or GTC Iridium 9555 Marine Solution.

GTC IsatPhone Pro Fixed Solution£600 ex VAT GTC Iridium 9555 Marine Solution£1,235 ex VAT
Includes

  • IsatPhone Pro Satellite Phone
  • Pre-Paid SIM with 100 minutes
  • Magnetic External Antenna
  • SpeedMail Email & Web Compression Software
Includes

  • Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone
  • Pre-Paid SIM with 200 minutes
  • Fixed Mast Antenna with 10m Cable
  • SpeedMail Email & Web Compression Software

Globalstar Returns to Profitability

Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT) announced yesterday its financial results for the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011. For the first time in four years, the Company reported positive quarterly Adjusted EBITDA.

Globalstar revenue increased 5 percent to $17.4 million in the fourth quarter 2011 compared to $16.5 million in the fourth quarter 2010. Revenue for 2011 increased 7 percent to $72.8 million compared to $67.9 million in 2010. During the fourth quarter of 2011, Adjusted EBITDA was $1.6 million compared with negative Adjusted EBITDA of $4.3 million during the same period in 2010.

Globalstar launched 12 second-generation satellites during 2011. This year, the Company is expected to become the world’s first LEO-based MSS provider with a second-generation constellation. Globalstar’s fourth satellite launch is planned to take place in the second half of 2012.

Globalstar customers responded to the improved coverage afforded by the launched satellites by increasing usage of the network and purchases of new airtime plans. With data speeds that are 3- 4 times faster than other satellite providers and the purest voice quality possible, Globlastar is poised for continued growth and profitability.

“With the fourth launch expected later this year, 2012 represents an inflection point for Globalstar’s business,” said Jay Monroe, C.E.O. of Globalstar. “We know it will take some time to regain the growth and momentum we enjoyed historically, but by later in 2012 we expect to be solidly on our way to becoming the world’s premier provider of high quality, reliable mobile satellite voice and data services to commercial, government and retail consumers.”

Since 2007, Globalstar has developed a successful line of consumer products targeting outdoor enthusiasts under the SPOT brand name. The award-winning Spot device has been responsible for the initiation of more than 1,700 rescues around the world.

About Globalstar, Inc.

Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial customers and recreational consumers in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company’s products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of Spot LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia.

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.

SPOT Connect

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!

Satellite phone or personal tracker waterproof cases are now available in our shop

Protect your satellite phone or personal tracker from water, sand, dirt or dust with these waterproof cases while giving you full use of your phone.

Compatible with:

  • Thuraya XT

  • Thuraya SG-2520

  • Iridium 9555

  • IsatPhone Pro

  • SHOUT nano

  • SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger