Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), has announced that UK specialist wireless and satellite technology reseller, Global Telesat Communications (GTC), a subsidiary of Orbsat Corp (OTCQB: OSAT), has surpassed the milestone of selling 15,000 SPOT devices.
This includes 1,500 SPOT units deployed to safeguard remote working or at-risk employees for organizations including the UK Forestry Commission and numerous other commercial and non-commercial entities.
GTC’s customer base for SPOT spans both consumer and organizational users including security firms, utilities, maritime operations specialists, sports event organizers, government agencies, professional remote workers, as well as adventurers and other travelers.
GTC has won SPOT contracts awarded by government and commercial organizations including the deployment of more than 850 SPOT Gen3’s by the UK Forestry Commission since early 2016. The Commission, and GTC’s other organizational customers, use SPOT Gen3 to improve the safety of staff working in remote areas where alternative communications are unreliable or unavailable. NATO procured its SPOT Trace devices from GTC to study ocean current movement, using buoys, for operational purposes.
By using satellite communications, enabled by Globalstar’s second-generation LEO satellite fleet, SPOT enables users to stay connected with emergency services, colleagues, friends and family, anywhere, even when beyond the reach of mobile phone networks and radio communications.
Both SPOT Gen3 and SPOT X, the most recent addition to the SPOT family, feature a one-touch SOS button that instantly sends the user’s GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC) over Globalstar’s satellite network. The IERCC then transmits details to local first responders to dispatch help to the user’s location. The devices’ tracking feature can help first responders, friends and colleagues to locate users even if they are unable to press the SOS button during an emergency.
Organizations that deploy SPOT for staff safety have the option of configuring their devices to directly send an SOS alert to in-house security and operation centers, instantly transmitting GPS co-ordinates for prompt internal emergency handling.
SPOT X, launched in EMENA in January 2019, offers full two-way SMS and email as well as GPS tracking and a one-touch SOS button. It is the only satellite messenger on the market to give users a permanent phone number, easy check-in function and a full, backlit QWERTY keypad for intuitive typing. SPOT X also offers the industry’s longest battery life in both tracking and SOS modes and is competitively priced.
Since its 2007 launch, Globalstar’s family of SPOT GPS satellite messengers have helped to assist in over 6,800 rescues worldwide, in many of which lives were saved.
David Phipps, CEO of Orbsat Corp, said that with SPOT X and its extra two-way communications capabilities the company anticipates continued strong demand for SPOT products, and significant upward migration from SPOT Gen3 to SPOT X by both professional and leisure users.
Mark O’Connell, Globalstar EMEA General Manager, added that to be trusted to safeguard and provide lifeline communications to staff as they carry out their important duties in remote or dangerous environments is both a responsibility and an honor. The company congratulates GTC for achieving this milestone and look forward to continuing to collaborate to provide safety and peace of mind to more people.
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