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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger $99.95

SPOT is a revolutionary emergency messenger and personal tracker that allows users to summon help from virtually anywhere on the planet. This new SPOT is 30% lighter, 30% smaller and has a enhanced GPS system.

The SPOT messenger givespilots a vital line of communication, independent of cellular coverage, with emergency services, friends, and family.

With SPOT, you can send a message for help or tell family members, friends or the authorities exactly where to find youwith GPS accuracy. For anyone who ever flies, works or plays anywhere regardless of cellular coverage, help is now only a push button away.

SPOT message and tracking functions enable users to send messages to friends, family or emergency responders, based on varying levels of need and to visually track the location of the SPOT Satellite Messenger:

icon 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.

HOW IT WORKS:
Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to the GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled or until the batteries are depleted. The Emergency Response Center notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your GPS location and personal information -- which may include local police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, our country's embassy or consulate, or other emergency search and rescue teams -- as well as notifying your emergency contacts about the receipt of a distress signal.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Even if SPOT cannot acquire its location from the GPS network it will still attempt to send a distress signal -- without exact location -- to GEOS, which will still notify your contacts of the signal and continue to monitor the network for further messages.

9-1-1 EMERGENCY SERVICES POWERED BY GEOS Search and Rescue

icon 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.

HOWIT WORKS:
Once activated, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it along with the HELP message through the SPOT satellite network every five minutes for one hour or until cancelled. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps showing your location.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Even if SPOT cannot acquire its location from the GPS network it will still attempt to send a HELP message -- without exact location -- to your personal contacts.

icon 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.

HOWIT WORKS:
Once you have activated your SPOT Messenger and set up your account, you can change your contacts and customize your message at any time. When you push the Check-in/OK button, you send one pre-programmed message to your contacts. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps showing your location.

icon 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.

The Custom Message functions exactly like your Check-in/OK message You can also have access to your waypoints in your SPOT account so you can review your route at a later date. Or link your SPOT account to SPOT Adventures and save a map of your adventures using your SPOT waypoints, and enhance the story with photos and a blog.

HOWIT WORKS:
Once you have activated your SPOT Messenger and set up your account, you can change your contacts and customize your message at any time. When you push the Check-in/OK button, you send one pre-programmed message to your contacts. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps showing your location.

icon 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.

The required satelilite service to send unlimited messages costs $99.99/year. Optional features include automatic tracking service (SPOTcasting) for $49.99 andinternational rescue insurance for $7.95/year.


Coverage:

SPOT Satelite Messenger Service Coverage Map



SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas. SPOT uses the GPS satellite system to determine a user's location and the SPOT network to transmit that location and the user's status. The SPOT network features satellite technology with a proven 99.4% reliability while processing over 6 million messages a month -- the equivalent of 2.3 messages per second.

SPECS
Height:
3.7" (9.4 cm)
Width:
2.6" (6.6 cm)
Thickness:
1" (2.5 cm)
Weight:
5.2 oz (147.4g)
Operating Temp:
-30C to 60C
(-22F to 140F)
Operating Altitude:
-100m to +6,500m
(-328ft to +21,320ft)
Humidity Rated:
MIL-STD-810F,
Method 507.3,
95% to 100% cond.
Vibration Rated:
Per SAE J1455

Battery
Type:
3 AAA Lithium 8x - Energizer
Standby mode:
94.7 days
SOS/HELP:
2.8 days
Track Progress:
4.3 days
Check OK/Custom Messages:
350 messages

*Under normal usage a full battery charge should meet or exceed these amounts

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 23 October, 2007.
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