Globalstar just announced new advanced SPOT Mapping features to help paddlers and backpackers in the interior share their positions during adventures. It includes mobile responsive and sharable maps, longer data storage and various map displays, including satellite, road and terrain options. Users also have the option to view maps in live or history mode, for tracking in real-time or to review previous trips or asset locations. That’s just cool!


To quote Dave Kagan, CEO of Globalstar, Inc.: “We have consistently listened to our customers feedback and worked diligently to offer a new enhanced mapping experience. SPOT is proud to have initiated more than 7,000 rescues worldwide (more than 30 per cent of worldwide rescues have taken place in Canada) and our hope is that our mapping platform brings a new level of visuals and features to keep outdoor adventures safer and more informative than ever.”


I gave the new addition a try and found the multilingual mapping tool relatively easy to use. The mapping addition is included on all active service plans for SPOT X, the SPOT Gen 3, the SPOT Trace and SPOT legacy products. The basic level covers up to five SPOT devices and includes three years of mapping history, as well as an active shared views feature. Users also have the option to upgrade to SPOT Mapping Premium or Enterprise tiers starting at $25 US per year, which includes advanced features such as GeoFence to help manage people and assets independent of the availability of terrestrial communication networks. These levels include increased shared views and position history, unlimited contacts, advanced custom icons and more.

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