Inmarsat will now offer complimentary access to GEOS' Worldwide Emergency Response Coordination service to all post-paid customers.
Pre-pay customers can also access the service by paying an annual fee of $17.95 to GEOS.
The service can be accessed by pressing the assistance button on top of the handset. This will then send the user's GPS co-ordinates via satellite to GEOS.
The GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) was founded in November 2007 with the culmination of various 24/7 monitoring centers that individually focused on travel safety, security services and monitoring for clients. Staffed, equipped and prepared to respond worldwide with the push of a button, an automatic emergency alert or a simple phone call, the mission of the GEOS IERCC is to aid in the rescue of all savable lives whether at land, air or sea. The center receives the alert and notifies the appropriate authorities to execute the SAR mission and maintains a liaison with the family, first responders, and in some instances, a user’s embassy, keeping all parties up to date with new position information, updated medical information and any other pertinent data until the mission or call is resolved.