Since their launch SPOT satellite messengers have been used to assist in almost 5,000 rescues worldwide. GTC’s customer base for SPOT spans both consumer and B2B markets. These include adventurers, security firms, maritime operations specialists, sporting event organisers, professional remote workers and other business travellers.
SPOT Gen3 FeaturesIn an emergency situation, users can press a single SOS button on the SPOT Gen3 to alert emergency services. The signal is sent via the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). SPOT Gen3 can be pre-configured to send location data to a central operations co-ordinator. The pre-configurations can be set to transmit GPS location every 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes. Therefore, progress of individuals or workers can be regularly monitored from the SPOT Gen3.
Forestry Commission Case Study
Contracts for SPOT devices have been awarded to GTC by government and commercial organisations. Contracts include more than 700 SPOT Gen3’s by the UK Forestry Commission in early 2016. The Forestry Commission uses SPOT Gen3 to improve the safety of staff working in areas with unreliable mobile phone and radio communications. The agency chose SPOT Gen3 because of its small size and ease-of-use as well as its long battery life and affordability. SPOT Gen3’s tracking feature can also help first responders and colleagues to locate forestry staff even if they are unable to press the emergency button during the incident.
Sales MilestoneSince initial launch in 2007, Globalstar’s family of SPOT GPS satellite messengers have helped to assist in almost 5,000 rescues worldwide, many of which have been life-saving. On average, SPOT is used to initiate two rescues a day worldwide. SPOT Gen3 launched in EMEA in November 2013. The innovative and handy SPOT App was also introduced. This allows users to view their SPOT messages, show their track points and monitor their assets via their iOS and Android smartphone or tablet.
GTC CommentsWe spoke to David Phipps, the Managing Director of GTC for his comments on the SPOT Gen3.
“Today’s milestone is GTC's latest achievement in our successful five-year partnership with Globalstar. SPOT provides users with an easy-to-use, affordable and very reliable line of communication. They can reach friends, family, colleagues and emergency assistance on any adventure from sailing to hiking, and from skiing to paragliding. Beyond outdoor adventurers, we also sell many SPOT messengers to enterprises. We provide communication solutions for their remote and lone workers, with a reliable, mission-critical communications lifeline.”
“Additionally, SPOT Trace provides users with economical asset tracking capability, and helps prevent unauthorised asset usage and theft,” Phipps added.
We spoke to Gary King, Globalstar EMEA Sales Manager for his comments on the SPOT Gen3.
“The environments and applications in which people use SPOT devices continue to grow in both number and diversity. Furthermore, SPOT is gaining popularity in multiple regions. We congratulate GTC for its ongoing success in helping businesses and individuals in locations around the globe benefit from SPOT, enabling users to stay in touch, whatever the location,” King added.
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