We love getting off the grid
Canada - a vast country of spectacular natural beauty begging to be explored. With the world's longest coastline, over 3 million lakes, varied terrain and expanses of wilderness, you don't have to go too far to get off the cellular grid. When you do, it can be euphoric. Being freed from the obligation to reply to emails and calls in a hyper-connected world allows you reconnect with the rhythm of nature. However, getting away from it all means running the risk of not being able to call for help when we might need it most.
But I could use more assurance...
Emergencies can happen whenever and wherever, and because we tend to think “that will never happen to us,” it often ensues when we least expect it. If the adventures you live for are pushing you further and further off the cellular grid, and you're feeling you require a safety net more dependable and robust than your mobile phone, SPOT satellite voice and data solutions are the fix. The SPOT Gen3 model is affordable for outdoor enthusiasts and offers off-the-grid messaging, emergency alerts and extended battery life. The SPOT Global Phone allows users to make calls virtually anywhere beyond cellular boundaries, and is the first satellite phone to be made available to outdoor enthusiasts through retail outlets. Small enough to fit in your pack, keep it there and enjoy your tranquil (or wild) exploration with the added peace of mind knowing you’re connected with reliable, 100% satellite technology.
SPOT Satellite Devices for Outdoor Adventures
In late March, SPOT distributor Globalstar Canada Satellite Co., announced that the milestone of 1,000 rescues in Canada had been initiated by SPOT products since the technology was first introduced in 2007. The most incidents were reported from British Columbia, followed by Alberta and Nunavut.
SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger (pictured above) provides a critical, life-saving line of communication using 100% satellite technology
Credit: Globalstar Canada Satellite Co.
Help from above: Satellite SOS
The most comforting feature of SPOT technology is timely satellite communication, providing ready contact with the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). SPOT devices relay GPS coordinates to the IERCC which are then passed along to local response teams in the event of an emergency. This real-time S.O.S. is one of the most critical benefits of the SPOT devices, as it pinpoints location with GPS accuracy and takes the search out of ‘search-and-rescue’. This is a useful feature as emergency situations can result in confusion and make it difficult to describe a location. SPOT technology is used for emergency notification for many popular recreational activities including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, boating and motor vehicle incidents. This suggests that one can not be over prepared for anything.
Benefits of the world’s most modern satellite network
SPOT device users rest easy knowing the technology supporting the Globalstar network is unparalleled. After all, it's the most modern satellite constellation network available. This means that data is carried over an exceptionally clear, secure satellite signal.
Check-in with friends and family
While you're off adventuring, it's only natural that friends and family at home be concerned for your safety. Let them know you're OK by sending pre-programmed text messages with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps to certain contacts. No more guilt inducing phone calls from mom about not staying in touch, because now she can even follow your progress online in near real-time.
Set it and Forget it
A new tracking option lets you “set it and forget it,” by pre-setting your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving. It can track where you are as frequently as every two and a half minutes, whether you are driving, on a skidoo or even flying. The idea is that the tracking doesn’t stop until you do—further helping ease loved ones at home. Or, if you prefer some privacy, you can simply save these waypoints and review your entire route later.
Important tips for using SPOT Gen 3:
- It needs a clear view of the sky to obtain a GPS signal to provide the most accurate location information
- It is not reliable indoors or in a cave (see above)
- It is IPX7 waterproof: Up to a depth of 1 m for up to 30 minutes (SPOT is not waterproof when being line powered) when running on internal batteries
- You can include notes for medical entries in your SPOT account so Search and Rescue will be aware of any pre-existing conditions when they arrive
- To improve performance, simply orient the device with the SPOT logo facing toward the sky since that is the location of the antenna
Safety gear essentials
Spring brings about hunting, fishing, camping and boating , and it's no coincidence that the first week of May is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. This is the perfect reminder for outdoor enthusiasts to plan for the unexpected, wherever their adventures take them. Use this time to perform an inventory of your outdoor safety gear and re-stock survival kits.
Survival kits aren't complete without:
- Food that won't spoil (freeze-dried meals, energy bars and dehydrated foodstuff)
- A crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Reliable communication
- First aid kit
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