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SPOT Personal Tracker

The SPOT Satellite Messenger provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing help is always within reach. SPOT is the only device of its kind, using the GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, and then sending its location – with a link to Google Maps™ – and a pre-programmed message via a commercial satellite network.

Unlike Personal Locator Beacons, SPOT does more than just call for help. Tracking your progress, checking in with loved ones, and non-emergency assistance are also available, all at the push of a button. And because it uses 100% satellite technology, SPOT works around the world – even where cell phones don't.

SPOT has a built in GPS receiver and provides three main operational functions:

  • Alert emergency services: An emergency button alerts the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre
  • Track progress; An update button emails and texts your location and an "I'm OK" message to a pre-programmed list of recipients
  • Get help: A help button enables you to call for assistance in non-emergency situations

SPOT is distributed in New Zealand by Salcom.
For more information and stockists see www.orb.co.nz

Media Announcement: 17 Oct 2008
  SPOT to be found in New Zealand

A life-saving handheld device that is taking the world by storm has been launched in New Zealand and is set to be available in stores in time for Christmas.

Globalstar Inc.'s Spot Messenger has been released in New Zealand after leading Queensland-based telecommunications company Pivotel Group sealed a distribution deal to sell the personal tracking device.

The state-of-the-art 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.

Tales of successful rescues thanks to SPOT devices have made international headlines, including the rescue of Canadian kayaker Derek Crook who was stranded off the west coast of Tasmania earlier this year.

Mr Crook, who bought his SPOT in Canada, pressed the emergency alert button after capsizing his kayak. The alert was then received by the emergency response centre, which notified the coast guard.

Pivotel Group managing director Peter Bolger said he expected the device to be a 'sensation' in New Zealand because of the nation's outdoors lifestyle.

"The SPOT Messenger is a crucial addition when doing anything outdoors that is in a remote area or out of cellular reach," Mr Bolger said.

"New Zealanders are fortunate to have so much open space to explore for recreational purposes," he said, "but in an emergency situation it can be a great disadvantage if you
cannot contact anyone immediately."

"The beauty of 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 you can send a signal to your family just to let them know where you are."

Mr Bolger said he predicted the device would also be adopted by commercial operators for the security and monitoring of employees.

"Overseas, SPOT has been making inroads into the commercial market especially for businesses which have staff operating in isolated and remote areas, such as farms etc," he said.

"It is also a perfect device for adventure tourism operators to ensure everyone is safe."

Mr Bolger said the device was a necessity for anyone with an adventurous streak.

"At the end of the day, a NZ$$377.78 (+ GST) piece of equipment may save your life," he said.

SPOT has four distinct functions that can be executed through a simple push of a button, a locator, an emergency function, a help function and a tracking function that can
be followed through Google maps.

The 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
via email or SMS.

The email features a link to the exact position of the particular SPOT on Google Maps.

The locator or "Check-In" function is designed to keep those close to you informed on your status and location. Using the Check-In function gives the user the ability to send a
pre-written message to any pre-programmed contacts.

The Help function allows the user to notify a family-member or friend that they require assistance.

The device has an annual subscription cost of $USD115 a year.

 Background

Pivotel Group Pty Limited is one of five Australian licensed mobile telecommunications companies. Pivotel Satellite Pty Limited and Think Mobile Pty Limited are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Pivotel Group.

Pivotel Satellite provides the Globalstar, Iridium and TracerTrak satellite services, and Think Mobile operates a GSM cellular service with the choice of two coverage networks. Pivotel Group also provides wholesale carrier services such as bulk messaging and 'white labelled' call centre services through its subsidiary Pivotel Communications Pty Limited.

For further information please contact Marshall Hall on 0404195 896 or via email at marshall@barepublicity.como.au

 

Spot Satellite Personal Tracker

$377.78+GST plus annual satellite
service fee of USD $115

at Orb stores nationwide.

0800 ORB COM

www.orb.co.nz

 

Doug Stevens from nzfishing.com and companions are using a SPOT Personal Tracker for the first time in the Mokihinui back country after flying in with Nelson Helicopters
(7-11 Nov 2008)

Nelson Helicopters

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