Ideal for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, pilots, sailors, and snowmobilers, the SPOT messenger helps keep people in touch with friends, family, and safety personnel at the touch of a button. It is designed for use with an online account that can be used by family and friends to stay updated on your status, as well as receive any messages you send.
The ALERT 9-1-1 function can be used in the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your current position and request assistance. Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center (ERC) every five minutes until cancelled. The ERC will then notify local authorities including police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, the country's embassy or consulate, search and rescue teams, and more.
The CHECK IN feature, known as SPOTchecking, allows users to notify their SPOTteam (friends and family pre-determined as contacts) that all is well, notify them of your current location, or save waypoints to review the route at a later time. Once activated, the SPOTteam receives an SMS text message to their mobile phone with your message and cooridinates, or an email with coordinates and a link to Google Maps showing your current location.
The TRACK PROGRESS feature, known as SPOTcasting, allows friends and family to follow your progress in real-time using a password, or to save waypoints for future review at a later time. This function acquires and sends GPS coordinates to your SPOT account every 10 minutes. Anyone with access to your account can log on and view your route, complete with virtual Google Maps views.
The Ask-For-Help function is designed to be used in a non-life threatening emergency to notify your SPOTteam that you need assistance. This function acquires current GPS information and routes it along with a 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.
*Annual service subscription required.