Customised tracking, improved mapping, geofencing capability and increased durability among other new features to support lone workers and adventurers
Dublin, Ireland – 24 August, 2020 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announces today that SPOT Gen4™, the new generation of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™, is now available in EMEA. SPOT Gen4 offers many new features including an enhanced, more detailed mapping interface with more display options, improved product specifications for water resistance, and geofencing capability, among others.
SPOT Gen4 is the newest member of the award-winning SPOT satellite-enabled tracking and safety product portfolio. It provides users with ubiquitous reliable tracking and a vital line of communication with colleagues, friends and family, and emergency support enabled by Globalstar’s second generation satellite fleet in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
SPOT Gen4 features include:
Enhanced design – The new Gen4 has a sleek new look with improved grip and design features that snap in place to securely cover the Help and SOS buttons. It’s rugged, portable and includes a new multi-use carabiner and strap
Upgraded IP68 rating – Offers increased water resistance, up to 30 minutes at two meters in water
Motion activated tracking – SPOT Gen4 sends tracks at a chosen rate for as long as the device is turned on and moving, conserving battery life. Alerts can be set to auto-send notifications to others when movement is detected or upon entry and exit of specific geographic areas programmed into the SPOT Mapping interface
Long battery life – The new Gen4 offers the longest battery life in the product category, far surpassing performance of alternative battery-powered GPS messengers
SPOT Mapping – Live and historical maps for the user to view or share SPOT locations over time. Optional professional-grade upgrades available to meet user-defined mapping needs
Map layers – The user can select from several map display options with light or dark modes, by satellite, open street map or terrain
Alerts – User-set and system-generated emergency or custom messages, such as new movement, no movement, check in and help
Shared view enhancements – Unlimited shared views with easy interface to share a location
Customised position icons – Ability to distinguish location points by SPOT product or user, thereby helping to optimise field and remote resource management
Geofencing – Allows users to create virtual geographic boundaries and set custom alerts, offering numerous benefits for organisational deployments
SPOT map showing check-in/ok and track points
As with its fellow SPOT devices, in an emergency, with a simple press of SPOT Gen4’s SOS button, an alert along with the user’s GPS co-ordinates are instantly transmitted to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) which in turn engages with local first responders to swiftly dispatch help to precisely where it’s needed.
SPOT’s SOS function can alternatively be configured to connect directly with in-house operations or security teams when deployed to safeguard personnel in an organisation. Globalstar partners with a worldwide network of highly innovative Value Added Resellers (VARs) who continuously innovate to create and develop advanced complementary software and operations platforms specifically designed to support businesses and non-commercial agencies to protect their at-risk, lone or remote working staff.
Globalstar’s economical SPOT satellite devices provide security and emergency support to employees for a growing number of governmental and non-governmental entities across the world. Meanwhile, these organisations can benefit from SPOT’s ability to help manage and optimise resources and monitor valuable assets of all kinds.
“Thanks to SPOT Gen4’s new professional-grade mapping capabilities, with detailed and informative displays, we have the ideal safety and tracking solution for even more independent occupational SPOT users; being able to support this customer segment complements our abiding commitment to supporting larger organisations who benefit from the sophisticated feature-rich platforms which our talented and dedicated VARs deliver,“ commented Mark O’Connell, Globalstar EMEA General Manager.
One leading VAR is UK specialist wireless and satellite technology reseller, Global Telesat Communications (GTC), a subsidiary of Orbsat Corp (OTCQB: OSAT). Ten months ago, Globalstar announced that GTC had surpassed the milestone of selling 15,000 SPOT devices. This includes over 1,500 SPOT units deployed to safeguard remote working and at-risk employees for organisations including the UK’s Forestry Commission, Scottish Water and numerous other organisations.
“We are very excited to be a launch partner for the SPOT Gen4. Gen3 has been one of our most popular products and with the improved features, IP rating, competitive price and mapping options available on the Gen4, we have no doubt it will be popular with customers looking for their first SPOT product, a SPOT upgrade, or as an alternative to other devices,” commented David Phipps, CEO of Orbsat Corp.
“The new SPOT Gen4 was designed for outdoor recreation, adventure enthusiasts and field personnel who travel beyond reliable mobile coverage or go off-grid for work or pleasure. Its enhanced tracking and new functionality, with updated sleek and rugged profile, make SPOT Gen4 the perfect complement to our SPOT product line, and we look forward to delivering peace of mind to even more users all over the world.” said Dave Kagan, CEO of Globalstar, Inc.
SPOT provides ubiquitous satellite coverage, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and North-Eastern Asia as well as delivering reach across hundreds of thousands of miles offshore. See coverage map for additional global coverage details.
Around the globe over 7,000 rescues have been attributed to SPOT satellite technology to date.
For a complete list of consumer retailers across EMEA, or to buy SPOT online, users can visit FindMeSPOT.eu. The device retails for €149 ex. VAT (£150 / £125 ex. VAT) with both month-to-month Flex plans and annual service plans beginning at €11.95 / £10.80 per month. Special commercial pricing and services are also offered through SPOT Business Solutions.
SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational and business use. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar Satellite Network to transmit and receive text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact with family, friends and colleagues, completely independent of mobile coverage and has helped initiate more than 7,000 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit FindMeSPOT.eu.
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. SPOT Connect is a trademark of Spot LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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