Proven technology, with 1700 rescues in Canada and new lower pricing, SPOT is an essential safety device for outdoor activities and winter road travel
- 1,700 rescues initiated by SPOT in Canada (5,500 worldwide) since the satellite technology was first launched in 2007
- B.C. accounts for the majority of SPOT rescue incidents generated in Canada, followed by the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.
- Hiking, mountain sports and motor vehicle incidents have generated the highest number of SPOT rescues in Canada.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger in Canada. With 1,700 rescues initiated across Canada since it was introduced in 2007, SPOT is proven satellite technology that provides peace of mind and a vital line of communication for those who work or travel beyond cellular.
The SPOT Gen3® Satellite GPS Messenger provides location-based messaging and emergency notification technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations, virtually anywhere around the globe. SPOT lets family and friends know you're OK or sends an SOS message to emergency responders, along with your GPS location coordinates, at the push of a button.
1,700 SPOT Rescues across Canada since 2007
Hiking, mountain sports and motor vehicle incidents account for the majority of the rescues in Canada. British Columbia has recorded the most SPOT rescue incidents (42%), followed by Northern Canada – Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut – (16%), Quebec (14%), Ontario (12%) and Alberta (10%).
"For the past ten years, SPOT has helped take the search out of search and rescue (SAR), by helping to initiate, locate and expedite the rescue of thousands of people in Canada and around the globe," says Jim Mandala, Vice President, Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. "Outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers, snowmobilers, back country skiers, recreational pilots, fishermen and hunters, boaters, as well as those who work and travel in remote areas, have come to depend on the lifesaving capabilities of SPOT. For anyone adventuring or working beyond cellular, SPOT is proven and essential safety gear."
Safety Tips from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA)
"Communication is essential," says John Fargey, Vice President of Training and Operations, CASARA National. "Outdoor enthusiasts should be prepared before heading out on an adventure or road trip. Tell people where you are going and when they can expect you back – especially the people who would report you missing or overdue. Don't rely on just a cell phone, because the availability of cellular networks is not always reliable. Using a satellite device such as the SPOT Gen3® GPS Satellite Messenger that can be set to track your progress and send OK and SOS messages, is a reliable way to stay safe and connected when beyond cellular."
CASARA is a national volunteer organization which operates in all 13 Provinces and Territories. Its volunteers provide air search capability to augment, and at times supplement, the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) SAR resources in the resolution of aeronautical SAR incidents. CASARA has provided its top ten safety tips for outdoor adventurers, starting with planning your route of travel. The complete list of tips is available in a new infographic: www.findmespot.ca/rescues.
New Lower Pricing on SPOT Gen3® and SPOT Trace®
New lower pricing is now available on SPOT. From November 1 through December 31, 2017, SPOT Gen3 and SPOT Trace, an advanced theft-alert tracking device for cars, snowmobiles, boats, motorcycles and other valuables, are available at 50% off, after mail-in rebate. In Canada, SPOT devices are available at retail and outdoor outlets including London Drugs, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Sail, Atmosphere, at independent electronics dealers and online. For more information on SPOT including product information, promotional pricing and retail locator, visit www.findmespot.ca.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries such as government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring, SCADA and IoT applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages.
Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia.
For more information regarding Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., please visit Globalstar's web site at www.globalstar.ca.
SOURCE Globalstar Canada Satellite Co
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