Globalstar’s SPOT messenger has been released in Australia after the Pivotel Group sealed a distribution deal to sell the personal tracking device. The device has previously been available in the United States, Canada and Europe. It uses the Globalstar constellation of 48 low earth orbit satellites to monitor the location of the device.
According to SPOT has four distinct functions that can be executed through a simple push of a button:
- A locator
- An emergency function
- A help function
- A tracking function that can be followed through Google maps
The SPOT is that it can be used in an emergency with the signal reaching a global emergency centre within five minutes where it is immediately relayed to the appropriate authorities, or the users can send a signal to their family just to let them know where they are. SPOT has been making inroads into the commercial market especially for businesses which have staff operating in isolated and remote areas.SPOT is also suitable for adventure tourism operators to ensure everyone is safe. The SPOT device sends a signal to the satellite constellation, which is then translated into a user-friendly format that notifies or more pre-defined contacts of the user’s location through email or SMS. The email features a link to the exact position of the particular spot on Google Maps.