Spot

SPOT

Overview
The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is a revolutionary device and service combinations.  They have built-in GPSs and use satellite phone technology to send GPS position data to friends, family and/or emergency rescue personnel in the event of an emergency.  It can also send "OK" or "Help Needed" messages via e-mail or mobile phone text messages.  By clicking on the link in the e-mail message your friends and family can see exactly where you were when the message was sent on a Google map web page.  The unit can also automatically send position updates every 10 minutes that can be viewed on Google maps when logged into the SPOT user web site. 

It may just save your life, or at the very least, give your family peace of mind.


International Orders
I'm sorry, but SPOT has made me promise to sell SPOT units only to customers inside the USA.  I can ship only to addresses in the USA.

SPOT X

The SPOT X is the latest version of the SPOT. It offers 2-way messaging and sends your altitude along with all tracking points. There are tracking plans available with 2 1/2 minute or 5 minute tracking intervals. The basic plan offers 5 minute updates.

RAM Cradles for SPOT-1, SPOT-2, SPOT Connect and SPOT Gen 3
RAM has created very nice, low cost and rugged mounting cradles for the SPOT-1 and SPOT-2 and SPOT Connect.  They are compatible with all RAM mounting arms and suction cup mounts.  You can see details here:  RAM-HOL-SPO1U and RAM-HOL-SPO2U and RAM-HOL-SPO3U and RAM-HOL-SPO4U
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Fantastic for Glider Pilots
The SPOT Satellite Messenger is a great way for glider pilots to let their friends and loved ones know they are doing still in the air and doing OK, or in need of a retrieve, or in need of rescue.  If you land out you simple press a button on the SPOT to send an e-mail or text message too your crew's computer or cell phone which includes your exact location.  On a computer they can click on the link in the e-mail and view your location on a Google map web page - which can even generate driving directions to your location.

Recommendation from Motorglider Pilot Eric Greenwell

"As a retired guy with a motorglider, living 5 miles from the airport, in an area with good soaring conditions, I frequently am the only glider flying. It doesn't take long for me to be out of radio reach of our base station and modern cell phones are unreliable in the air, so nobody knows where I am. My wife is looking forward to our new SPOT showing her where I am, any time she wants to stop by her computer.  So, peace of mind for my wife, some extra security for me, and a quicker, safer mission for search and rescue if I go down.  She does wish we had something like this 30 years ago, when I didn't have a motorglider and didn't get home almost all the time!" - Eric Greenwell, Richland, Washington, USA (Note: Eric is now using a DeLorme inReach SE)

Company Background
The SPOT Satellite Messenger, the world's first satellite messenger, uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer's location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. SPOT Inc., a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., (NASDAQ:GSAT) provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people unmatched peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how SPOT, Inc. is helping users live to tell about itβ„’ – from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes – explore this web site.

Service Pricing
In addition to the cost of the hardware, customers must also buy a yearly service package.  The "Weekender" satellite service costs $199/year or $19.99/month and includes unlimited free tracking and tracking updates every 5 minutes.  The "Adventurer" plan is $29.99/month or $299.99/year and offers free unlimited tracking at 2.5 minute intervals.

Worldwide Coverage
Click on the image below to view the latest coverage map.

Example Messages

  • e-mail - Check-in ("I'm OK")
    Message from Paul Remde's SPOT Satellite Messenger. I'm OK - just checking in. 
    ESN:0-7371817 
    Latitude:44.7496 
    Longitude:-93.3889 
    Nearest Location: Connely Pky, Savage, MN, US 
    Distance: 0 km(s) 
    Time:03/13/2008 04:24:17 (GMT) 
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=44.7496,-93.3889&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

     
  • e-mail - Ask for Help ("I'm OK, but I landed out") 
    This is a HELP message from Paul Remde's SPOT Satellite Messenger. I have landed out. I'm OK but I need a retrieve. 
    ESN:0-7371817 
    Latitude:44.7495 
    Longitude:-93.389 
    Nearest Location: Connelly Pky, Savage, MN, US 
    Distance: 0 km(s) 
    Time:03/13/2008 03:04:00 (GMT) 
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=44.7495,-93.389&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1  
     
  • Mobile Phone Text Message - Check-in ("I'm OK")
    Message from Paul Remde's SPOT Satellite Messenger.  I'm OK - just checking in.
    Latitude: 44.7496
    Longitude: -93.3889
     
  • Custom Message - "I am back home after a successful and safe flight."

Functional Specifications

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


Technical Specifications
SOS / 911
Use this function In the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your GPS location and that you need assistance. The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe.

Help 
In the event of a non-life threatening emergency, you can use this function to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance. Additional SPOT Assist services can be purchased and programmed to your Help button as well. When activated with SPOT Assist, the Help button will notify professional services either on the land or water. SPOT has partnered with national service providers to offer non-life threatening assistance.

Check-in/OK 
This feature allows you to let your friends and family know that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account. 

Custom Message
This feature allows you to let your friends and family now receive a custom message along with your GPS location with a push of a button. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.  At a soaring contest most pilots used this button to send the message "I am back home after a successful and safe flight.".

Track Progress
This feature allows you to send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress in near real time using Google Maps. With your SPOT account you have the ability to set up a SPOT Shared Page which allows you to show your SPOT GPS locations to others on a Google Map


RAM-HOL-SPO1U

RAM-HOL-SPO1U

Cradle for SPOT-1 Satellite MessengerPlastic cradle for SPOT-1 Satellite Messenger, W..

$11.95

RAM-HOL-SPO2U

RAM-HOL-SPO2U

Cradle for SPOT-2 Satellite MessengerPlastic cradle for SPOT-2 Satellite Messenger, W..

$10.95

RAM-HOL-SPO3U

RAM-HOL-SPO3U

Cradle for SPOT Connect Plastic cradle for SPOT Connect, Works with any RAM arm or su..

$12.95

RAM-HOL-SPO4U

RAM-HOL-SPO4U

Cradle for SPOT Gen 3Plastic cradle for SPOT Gen 3, Works with any RAM arm or suction cup mount..

$17.95

SPOT-X

SPOT-X

SPOT X Satellite Messenger with BluetoothThe SPOT X offers 2-way satellite messaging with a bui..

$250.00

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