November 21, 2007 - AdventureTRAK, Inc.
has announced the highly anticipated arrival of
the SPOT Personal Tracking Device. SPOT is a brand
new GPS personal tracking system satellite messenger
unit that is available for sale or rental.
The SPOT GPS personal
tracking system is designed to work with total
satellite-based communications, meaning that the
unit should be able to function virtually anywhere
in the world, even in areas that do not have any
mobile coverage whatsoever.
SPOT users can be
tracked via Google Maps by authorized users if they
wish, and can also send out a variety of messages to
friends, family or emergency response personnel
using one of the three integrated communications
buttons on the device. Checking in to let others
know that you’re OK, sending a non-emergency request
for assistance, or even sending a 911 message to a G.E.O.S. Emergency Response Center to get help on
the way are all possible with SPOT.
“This is a really cool
GPS tracking device,” said AdventureTRAK General
Manager Jeff Emde, “and for less than $250 out the
door, it's a great tool for anybody to have if you
ever find yourself in an area with weak cell phone
coverage, or with no coverage at all. You can send
for help, check in with family, and even convey your
position to others with the push of a button.”
SPOT units are available
for purchase for $149.99, plus a 1-year service plan
of $99.99, or for rent for the special introductory
rate of $25 a week. All AdventureTRAK rental units
will come equipped with optional features such as
live internet tracking capabilities and global
search and rescue coverage of up to $100,000 in the
event that you find yourself in a life-threatening
AdventureTRAK is an authorized dealer of GPS units
from SPOT and OmniScout, a GPS tracking system for
vehicles and other assets, and they also sell satellite
telephones and accessories from Iridium.
AdventureTRAK will soon be operating the
AdventureTRAK Command Center 24 hours a day so that
all customers will have the ability to contact a
live representative and receive directions, roadside
assistance, or emergency response services from
virtually any location.
SPOT is the world’s first satellite messenger.
SPOT sends your exact GPS coordinates and
selected messages over commercial satellites to
tell others of your location and status.
SPOT works around the world, independently of
SPOT features four key functions that enable
users to send messages to friends, family or
emergency responders, based upon varying levels
- Alert 9-1-1 – Dispatch emergency responders to your exact location
- Ask for Help – Request help from friends and family in your exact
- Check In – Let contacts know where you are and that you’re OK
- Track Progress – Send and save your location and allow contacts to track
your progress using Google Maps
SPOT uses the GPS satellite system to determine
a user’s location and the SPOT satellite network
to transmit that location and the user’s status.
The SPOT satellite network is a commercial
satellite network with a proven 99.4%
reliability rate while processing over 6 million
messages a month – the equivalent of 2.3
messages per second.
Satellite coverage works around the world,
independently of cellular systems, with
More affordable and more functional than
Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), cellular-based
GPS trackers, and comparable handheld devices.
Unit Cost: $169.99 USD (MSRP) Service Fee:
$99.99 USD annual OR $9.99 USD monthly
Optional features include automatic tracking
service (SPOTcasting) and guaranteed extraction
service for countries or regions with
non-responsive emergency services.
Coverage: SPOT works around the world, including
virtually all of North America, Europe and
Australia, portions of South America, Northern
Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or
thousands of miles offshore of these areas.
Includes 2 AA lithium batteries; under normal
usage a full battery charge should meet or
exceed: power on, unused: Approx. 1 year;
SPOTcasting tracking mode: Approx. 14 days;
9-1-1 mode: Up to 7 consecutive days; SPOTcheck
OK/√: 1900 messages
SPOT works around the world virtually anywhere
Operating Temperatures: -40°F to +185°F
Operating Altitude: -300 feet to +21,000 feet
Floats in water
Waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
Humidity Rated: MIL-STD-810E Method 507.3, 95%
to 100% condensing; Salt Fog Rated Per MIL_STD
810E Method 509.3, 5% NaCl, 95% distilled water;
Vibration: Per SAE J1455; Random, 20 Hz to 2000
Hz, 0.04g2/Hz, one hour per axis
Drop: Dropped twice on all six sides from one
meter onto hard surface.
Certifications: OSHA certified Intrinsically
Safe to Class 1, Division 1, Group A-D
ROHS and WEEE compliant.
Certified to FCC and CE emissions, immunity and
Meets FCC part 25 regulations, Canada type
approval, CISPR Publication 22 (1985 1st
Edition), RTTE Directive (1999/EC), IEC 60950
safety standard, and European EMC Directive
For more information,
website or the
Spot Satellite Messenger website.