Turn your Smartphone
into a satellite communicator
with the SPOT Connect device.
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The World’s First Satellite
Messenger and Tracker
SPOT is the world’s first
dual-satellite emergency messenger, using the GPS satellite system to determine
your location and commercial communications satellites to transmit that
information to the proper recipient.
SPOT allows you to notify family, friends, your business or a GEOS Alliance
International 9-1-1 Emergency Call Center of your exact location via Google
Maps™, and to send for assistance in time of need around the world, completely
independent of cellular phone or other land-based radio coverage.
Documented instances of emergency rescues.
How Spot Works:
- GPS satellites provide coordinates.
- SPOT messenger’s onboard GPS chip determines your exact coordinates
and sends your location and message to the SPOT satellite system.
- SPOT commercial satellites relay your message to specific satellite
antennas around the world.
- Satellite antennas and supporting equipment route your message and
location to the appropriate network.
- Your message is delivered according to your instructions via text
message, email or emergency notification via the service center.
When SPOT sends a text or email message to one of your
contacts or to a GEOS International 9-1-1 Emergency Call Center, it includes
your exact coordinates and a web link to view your location using Google Maps™.
Basic Service Plans:
$99 1-year; $199.98 2-year
includes SOS/911 Check-in/OK Help
Optional Services (additional fees apply):
- TRACK PROGRESS:
Allows users to send and save your location and allows contacts to track
your progress using Google Maps™.
- GEOS SEARCH & RESCUE BENEFIT: Provides up to $100,000 of additional
search and rescue resources, including helicopter extraction around the
world and reimbursement benefits – underwritten by Lloyd’s of London –
for any emergency service expenses incurred.
- PRODUCT REPLACEMENT: Offers you the ability to quickly replace
your damaged, lost or stolen SPOT device.
- SPOT Assist Upgrade: SPOT Assist provides professional
services on either land or water through partnership with Boat/US and
National Safe Drivers.
Spot User Guide
$99.99 SPOT ORANGE
March 6, 2008: Canadian Rescued Off Tasmanian Coast After Sending Distress
Message and GPS Location Using SPOT Satellite Messenger
It was reported earlier today that a kayaker from Nanaimo, British Columbia was
rescued off the west coast of Tasmania near the Pieman River after pressing the
9-1-1 button on his SPOT Satellite MessengerTM. Derek Crook was attempting to
circumnavigate Tasmania in a 36 day expedition when he was hit by rough seas
near Conical Rocks and flung from his kayak on a reef just off shore.
This is the first documented rescue of a Canadian using the SPOT Satellite
Messenger; three other life-saving rescues have taken place in Colorado, Alaska
and Wyoming since SPOT was introduced in North America in December.
Mr. Crook, an experienced paddler, managed to hold on to his kayak and activate
9-1-1 on his SPOT Satellite Messenger to initiate an emergency response call.
The distress message alerted the GEOS International Emergency Response Centre
used by SPOT, who contacted local Tasmanian rescue authorities providing Crook's
"I always thought I could self rescue in any condition. However, while
attempting to beat the wave breakers and land in a safe zone, my kayak's stern
hatch came off and filled with water," said survivor Derek Crook. "This changed
everything and I discovered after a long difficult time of trying to save
myself, as I was being swept by high winds several miles out to sea, that I was
not going to be successful on my own. Luckily for me I had purchased SPOT before
my expedition. I recommend SPOT to everyone who strays off of the beaten path."
Crook was spotted by locals on shore and picked up at sea by their dingy at the
same time a search and rescue helicopter arrived on scene and met them on land.
"I was suffering from severe hypothermia and in a very remote area, many miles
from any medical attention," added Crook. "Thankfully the rescue helicopter and
paramedics, notified by SPOT, were there to transport me to the hospital
"While other GPS devices tell the user where they are, SPOT tells other people
where the user is and their status," said Steven Bell, Senior Vice President,
International Sales, Marketing and Customer Care Operations, Globalstar Canada.
"SPOT is designed for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, and anyone who
travels in remote areas, providing lifesaving and reliable communications
capability. It is also waterproof (to 1 meter up to 30 minutes), floats and is
highly visible making it the ideal emergency safety device for boaters,
off-shore fisherman and people participating in other recreational water
The rescue was assisted by a Westpac Police Rescue Helicopter, a police vessel
from Strahan, and search and rescue crews from Queenstown, Zeehan and Burnie,
The SPOT Satellite Messenger significantly raises the safety factor for the
hundreds of millions of people around the world who take to the outdoors each
year. SPOT enables users, based on varying levels of need, to send messages to
friends, family, co-workers or the emergency call centre, and to visually track
the location of the SPOT satellite messenger independently of cellular networks:
- Alert 9-1-1 notifies the emergency call centre of your GPS location
- Ask for Help sends a request for help to friends and family
- Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are OK
- Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your
progress using Google MapsTM
Weighing just over 7 ounces, the SPOT satellite messenger provides a new level
of safety and peace-of-mind for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time
in the outdoors or just wants to stay connected with a line of communication
SPOT User Guide