SPOT X combines proven S.O.S. emergency notification technology with new text messaging functionality for safety and peace of mind regardless of cellular
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 10, 2018 /CNW/ – Coinciding with Emergency Preparedness Week 2018, Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today introduced the SPOT X™ 2-way satellite messenger. The new standalone, portable and lightweight device features 2-way messaging capabilities, an onboard backlit keyboard, GPS location tracking, social media linking and direct communication with emergency services.
“Earlier this year, we surveyed more than 800 current SPOT users across Canada, and the overwhelming majority (more than 75%) told us that when beyond cellular, 2-way communications is an important feature in a satellite communications device,” said Jim Mandala, Vice President, Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. “SPOT X, the next generation in satellite communication devices, addresses the need to reliably stay in touch while providing a vital line of 2-way communications. SPOT is a trusted technology which has been used to initiate more than 1,800 rescues in Canada, and is relied upon by tens of thousands of recreational and business customers for safety and peace of mind beyond cellular. SPOT X will make connectivity in remote regions easier and more effective than ever before.”
SPOT X is the latest addition to the award-winning SPOT family of products, providing affordable, off-the-grid messaging and tracking for hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Through a direct connection to the GEOS International Emergency Coordination Center, SPOT has triggered nearly 6,000 rescues around the globe within the last ten years. With SPOT X, users can better communicate during their adventures with 2-way satellite messaging to keep in touch with family and friends, or if necessary, emergency personnel. Lone workers can check-in and provide detailed status of their situation when working in the wilderness or at remote jobsites. SPOT X provides users with a unique, personal mobile number that allows either party to initiate conversations at any time.
The Happy Camper and SPOT Ambassador Kevin Callan says, “Having the right gear and a back-up plan in place before heading out on an adventure is crucial. SPOT has proven to be a trusted and essential part of safety gear, ensuring a line of communications and access to S.O.S. in case of an accident. Now there’s easy-to-use two-way texting. For a standalone satellite messaging device that’s affordable too – sounds good to me.” Kevin Callan is the author of 17 books on wilderness travel and is listed as one of the Top 100 Modern Day Explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society. More info at www.kevincallan.com.
Key Features of SPOT X:
SPOT X features a Canadian mobile number and ruggedized dust and waterproof rated hardware (IP67).
2-Way Satellite Messaging: Send and receive messages and short emails with family, friends or co-workers beyond cellular.
S.O.S.: Emergency notification and direct 2-way message communication with 24/7 Search and Rescue services through the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center in the event of a life-threatening incident.
GPS Tracking: Waypoints tracked via Google Maps™ at intervals of 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes.
Check In: Users can let contacts know they are “OK” with the push of a single button.
Post to Social: Link to Facebook and Twitter accounts to share adventures with followers.
Navigation: Built-in compass and programmable waypoints.
Keyboard and Display: Easy to use illuminated 2.7″ display and backlit QWERTY keyboard that is usable in any light setting.
Battery Life: Rechargeable Lithium battery averaging a lifespan of 10 days when tracking in 10 minute intervals.
Specifications: Length: 16.6 cm / 6.54″, Width: 7.4 cm / 2.9″, Thickness: 4.4 cm / 1.75″, Weight: 198 grams / 7.0 oz.
Pricing and Availability:
SPOT X will be available online and at outdoor retailers in Canada in May 2018 priced at $349.99 CAD with annual service plans starting at $19.99 USD per month. More pricing and coverage details are available at FindMeSPOT.ca/SPOTX.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries such as government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring, SCADA and IoT applications. The Company’s products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi 2 satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information regarding Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., please visit Globalstar’s web site at www.globalstar.ca.
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.
SOURCE Globalstar Canada Satellite Co
Via: PR Newswire
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