SOS / 911: This function can be used in the event of a life threatening or critical emergency to notify emergency services that you need assistance, along with your GPS location. The GEOS International Emergency Response Center will then alert the appropriate agencies worldwide (ex. 9-1-1 in North America and 1-1-2 in Europe).
Help: The HELP function should be used in events that are non-life threatening, but to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance. You may be able to purchase additional SPOT Assist services and have them programmed to your Help button. When activated with SPOT Assist, the Help button will notify professional services either on land or water. SPOT has partnered with national service providers to offer non-life threatening assistance.
Check-in / OK: Check in with your family and friends, and let them know that everything is OK, this function allows you to send a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location. By just the push of a button this 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. Easily integrate your stored waypoints into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
Custom Message: Friends and family will be able to receive a custom message, along with your GPS location. Use the CUSTOM MESSAGE function as a secondary OK message, or transfer your personal help alert to the message function is your are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.
Track Progress: The TRACK PROGRESS feature allows you to send and save your location and lets your contacts 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 with allows you to show your SPOT GPS locations to others on a Google Map.
SPOT needs a clear view of the sky in order to obtain a GPS signal and provide the most accurate location information. Therefore, it is not reliable indoors, in a cave, or in very dense woods.
Orienting SPOT so that the SPOT logo is facing up toward the sky will improve performance as the antenna is located under the logo.
Keep your SPOT at least 12 inches away from other GPS devices.