Thursday, January 24, 2008

Emergency device sends messages via satellite

At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, SPOT Inc., showed their SPOT™ Satellite Messenger.

It's designed to improve personal safety for people who spend time outdoors for recreation or work. With the push of a button, SPOT can transmit a user’s GPS location and message to a 9-1-1 emergency center, or to friends, family or co-workers to request help, track a location, or just keep in touch.

Because SPOT sends a user’s GPS location over a commercial satellite network, SPOT works regardless of cellular coverage. Viewing messages and locations is easy using the SPOT web service with included Google Maps™ technology.

SPOT features four key functions that enable users to send messages to friends, family or emergency responders, based upon varying levels of need:

Alert 9-1-1 – Dispatch emergency responders to your exact location . SPOT sends one message every 5 minutes until power is depleted or 911 is cancelled.

Ask for Help – Request help from friends and family in your exact location. SPOT sends one message every 5 minutes for one hour or until Help is cancelled

Check In – Let contacts know where you are and that you’re okay. SPOT sends three identical messages to the SPOT service for redundancy. The first of those three messages is delivered.

Track Progress – Send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™. SPOT sends one message every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until SPOT is powered off.

Size: 4.38 X 2.75 X 1.5” Approximate Weight: 7.4 ounces. Price is $169.99. Annual service costs $99.99, and there are optional service upgrades. It floats in water and is waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Battery life is about one year with power on, but not transmitting, or up to 14 days in tracking mode. CLICK for info or to order.
This is a preview, not a review.

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