The spot communicator connects wirelessly to a Smartphone and lets the Smartphone use Spots satellite connection to send messages.
This coupling utilizes the features of a Smartphone and the SPOT. By downloading the SPOT connect software the keyboard of the phone now works like the original SPOT. You can communicate with text messaging outside of a cell range. You can also send SOS messages from your smartphone
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Features are like the original SPOT, Users can send location-based texts or emails via satellite, update social networks from remote locations, track progress on Google Maps / My Tracks and store up to ten predefined messages for quick referencing and sending. Recently a friend sailed from Charleston to Annapolis and his route was undated on his friend’s facebook pages. They were able to keep updated on his progress.
One thing he did say was placement of the connect device. Its important to have the connect have a clear view of the sky. He placed his hanging on the dodger. It was out of the way but still clealy visible and had a sky view.
Spot Connect is not an official emergency device like a PLB, but it still works like one. Activate the SOS mode to send your GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center. From there the GEOS connects to the relevant SAR (search and rescue) team.
Todays smartphones provide a level of social connection far beyond what we imagined just a few years ago. But when you go beyond the reach of the grid, your smartphone needs the help of SPOT Connect to keep you in touch with friends, family, and emergency personnel. Simply pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Update Twitter and Facebook. Send email and text messages. Request non-emergency help from professional service providers. And in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance.
SOS: Activate the SOS mode to begin sending your GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). Add a custom message to update responders of your condition. The IERCC alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide, for example contacting 911 responders in North America and 112 responders in Europe.
In critical and life threatening emergencies, send an SOS message for help. You can send an SOS alert by selecting SOS in the SPOT Connect App and if you choose, even provide additional information by sending a custom Type & Send SOS message. In addition, SPOT Connect has an on device SOS button for standalone emergency operation. Once activated, SPOT Connect will acquire its GPS coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location with your SOS message to the IERCC every 5 minutes until cancelled or until the batteries are depleted. The Emergency Response Center notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your GPS location and personal information which may include local police, highway patrol, US Coast Guard, our countrys embassy or consulate, or other emergency search and rescue teams as well as notifying your emergency contacts about the receipt of a distress signal.
Even if SPOT cannot acquire its location from the GPS network it will still attempt to send a distress signal – without exact location.
Help: Use the Help mode to send either custom Type & Send or Predefined messages to recipients in your contact list for non-life threatening assistance.
In order for Help to transmit appropriately, you must set up your Predefined messages and Contact list. Configure up to 14 Predefined messages of up to 120 characters each to choose from or custom type up to 41 character Type & Send messages on the go. Choose from up to 10 Contact Groups to send a Help message. Each Contact Group can have up to 50 email or SMS addresses. Once Help is activated, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it along with the Help message you choose through the SPOT satellite network every 5 minutes for 1 hour or until cancelled. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps showing your location.
Even if SPOT cannot acquire its location from the GPS network, it will still attempt to send a HELP message without exact location to your personal contacts.
Check-in/OK: Use Check-in/OK mode to send your messages and your location to friends and family. These messages can also be simultaneously sent to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventures account.
HOW IT WORKS:
In order for Check-in/OK to transmit appropriately, you must set up your Predefined messages and Contact list. Configure up to 14 Predefined messages of up to 120 characters each to choose from or custom type up to 41 character Type & Send messages on the go. Choose from up to 10 Contact Groups to send a Check-in/OK message. Each Contact Group can have up to 50 email or SMS addresses. Once Check-in/OK is activated, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it along with the Check-in/OK message you choose through the SPOT satellite network 3 times over 20 minutes (or until canceled) for maximum reliability (only one email or SMS/text message will actually be sent to your contacts). If SPOT cannot get a GPS signal, it will not send your Check-in/OK message. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps™ showing your location.
Track Progress: Start/stop tracking at any time using the SPOT Connect App. (Additional service required). You can also mark a Reference Point or send Check-in/OK messages from specific locations while in Track Progress mode.
HOW IT WORKS:
Once activated, SPOT acquires and sends your GPS coordinates to your SPOT account and, if you choose, Shared Pages and SPOT Adventures Live Maps, automatically every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until canceled. Track Progress must be reengaged to continue beyond a 24 hour tracking session. Creating a SPOT Shared Page allows you to share your GPS route with your friends and family easily in near real time on the web through a personal link. You can make your Shared Page private or public. Your choice! Just share that URL with your friends and family and they can easily track your adventures. You can also link your SPOT Messenger to SPOT Adventures, a social portal, where you can set up a profile and blog with others sharing their SPOT Adventures. On SPOT Adventures, your Shared Pages can stream in a Live Map widget that you can use on your own personal or event sites.
Type & Send: Use SPOT Connect to send custom email and text messages via satellites to your contacts. Create up to 41 character SOS, Help and Check-in/OK messages. Messages will be sent directly to the contact groups you select via email or SMS. You can even post custom messages on Twitter and Facebook. If you encounter problems, you can send custom SOS messages describing your situation, with your GPS position included.