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November 06, 2007

Globalcom Satellite Communications Launches the SPOT Satellite Messenger

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Globalcom Satellite Communications has launched the SPOT Satellite Messenger, according to a PRWeb news report. The new tool is reportedly the smallest satellite messenger in the market that offers a satellite GPS personal locator. With SPOT, people can do away with their satellite phones. They can use the service to communicate with people that matter, although one way communication alone is possible. Up to five people ‘opted in’ by the user will receive an email or a text message when the service is activated and the Help feature is accessed.

The SPOT system has been found to be 99.4% reliable and processes over 6 million messages every month, which translates to nearly 2.3 messages per second. The SPOT network makes use of a GPS satellite system to identify the user’s location. The network spans across the continental United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Australia, in addition to parts of South America, Northern Africa, and Northeastern Asia. Coverage is also available hundreds of miles away from these places.
Additional features of SPOT include:
·        SPOT weighs only seven ounces. You can carry it in your backpack.
·        Four buttons on the hard durable case enable the user to communicate
·        The GEOS International Call Center responds to the emergency calls by sending route search and rescue personnel to the GPS provided location of the user, within five to ten minutes with an accuracy of up to 20 feet
·        Rugged waterproof construction and floating ability
·        Tested to work in extreme temperatures
·        Lithium AA batteries that offer a life of approximately 12 month
In emergency situations, the system is highly valuable. Estimates suggest that there are more than 64 million consumers in the United States who love the outdoors. The National Association for Search and Rescue undertakes approximately 50,000 or more search and rescue missions each year. Since the location of the person is not known accurately, rescue missions are quite cumbersome and at times, futile. With the new system, the location can be identified within 20 feet of accuracy, thereby offering rescue missions the ability to track the victim faster and easier.
Globalcom Satellite Communications have started marketing the system from November 1, 2007 for a reasonable price of $149.99. The service for the unit starts at $99.99 per year for unlimited messaging and unlimited tracking costs an extra $49.99.
The optional unlimited tracking feature enables the user to track his progress on the trip. With the help of Google (News - Alert) Maps, people can log into the SPOT account on the internet and view the progress or review routes already taken. This optional service is $49.99 added to the annual service of $99.99.
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page .

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