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SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Beacon launches

 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:59 am    Post subject: SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Beacon launches Reply with quote

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SPOT have launched the latest in their range of personal satellite beacons, the Gen3.

The SPOT Gen3 can send your location to emergency services with the press of a single button. It uses satellite networks so doesn't need to be within range of a cellular phone network.

Other features include a tracking function which allows friends and family to follow you and a check-in feature with which you can send a pre-programmed text or email containing your GPS coordinates.

SPOT Gen3 costs 179 and a one year service plan will cost 138.

Source: findmespot.eu

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be handy when I get a bit older for the family to come and find me.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guivre46 wrote:
It'll be handy when I get a bit older for the family to come and find me.

But surely they'd just look in your local? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, my life is rather 'predictable' these days, the dog knows the way. Interesting the device has a dog's name...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a SPOT Connect (ie a SPOT 2) which I use whilst out hiking. I have the additional tracking subscription that sends a beacon every 10 mins, enabling "live" tracking of my location. Useful for emergencies, I also use this feature as part of the "Social Hiking" community - see http://www.shareyouradventure.com/ or specifically for my tracks, http://www.shareyouradventure.com/user/profile/martin_free

The SPOT 3 appears to be a good update of the device with additional tracking options for periods shorter than 10 mins (down as low as 30 sec I think).

If you like the idea of being trackable when away from normal cellular coverage, check this device out. Whilst the cost may seem high compared to cellular only tracking options (like Viewranger buddybeacon), if you use it regularly, it is considerably cheaper per hike than your post-walk pint ;-)

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, sensibleness [?] breaks out, but the drinking theme continues. Cheers!
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