Globalstar and SPOT to Showcase Newest Marine Communications Solutions at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
SPOT rescuee, Frank Rawley, to be on hand to speak about the technology that saved his life
Covington, LA (October 20, 2015) - Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and its subsidiary SPOT LLC will be showcasing their affordable satellite communications solutions for the marine market at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 5 – 9, 2015. Frank Rawley of Pensacola, Florida will be at the booth to share his reliance on SPOT since the device saved him and three other crew members after nearly capsizing during extreme, unpredictable weather conditions.
Satellite technology is essential in today's marine world, where cell service often becomes patchy or unavailable. For those who need to maintain constant connectivity and want it over the world's newest mobile satellite network, the Globalstar GSP-1700 (now FREE on select airtime plans) is the smallest, lightest satellite phone on the market. It also boasts both the clearest voice quality and data speeds 4x than the competition. Paired with the new Globalstar 9600, customers can use their existing devices to send and receive email over the Globalstar satellite network. Many boaters are also enjoying the convenience of the new Globalstar Sat-Fi® hotspot, which pairs with your existing Wi-Fi enabled device, e.g. smartphone or tablet to make calls, send texts or email from beyond cellular.
"I just got introduced to the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone and 9600 data hotspot so I can stay connected all summer long as we continue to reel in tuna. I'll have the ability to make calls, send emails and should an emergency occur, contact first responders. After trying it out over the last few weeks, I have to say it’s a "must-have" for every boat out there. And because of communicating with the other boat using our sat phone, we moved and caught a 700 pounder," commented Captain Dave Carraro, Wicked Tuna Competitor.
Boaters like Frank Rawley also rely on SPOT's life-saving technology, which has helped to initiate 3,900+ rescues around the globe. SPOT Gen3®, the latest generation of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger®, offers the same custom messaging, check in, tracking and SOS functionality as previous iterations, but also enhanced tracking features, improved battery performance and more power options. SPOT Trace®, the newest addition to the SPOT family, is already helping thousands of boaters keep tabs on their high-value vessels. Users can receive theft-alert SMS texts or emails when movement is detected. Show attendees will be able to secure both devices for absolutely FREE with the purchase of a service plan.
Frank and his crew recently found themselves in unpredicted bad weather as they headed from North Carolina to Pensacola, causing damage to their sails and rigging. "If the boat had been parallel with the waves, we would have capsized," said Frank. "We were 63 miles offshore in 30 foot breaking seas with wind gusts at 50 miles per hour. We deployed a drogue, but eventually the waves ripped it off."
Within two hours of the SPOT S.O.S. activation, both Navy and Coast Guard helicopters had located the damaged vessel. Due to such poor weather conditions, it was not an easy rescue. One, by one, the crew jumped off the boat in life jackets, each carrying a strobe light to assist with visibility. Thanks to the courageous efforts of both the crew and the rescue teams, all four individuals were brought to safety. According to Frank, "No other piece of emergency gear would have helped us survive our ordeal. Self-rescue is not always possible and getting the professionals on the way is the only option. I will not go offshore or again without a SPOT Gen3."
To learn more about Globalstar/SPOT products and services, or to meet Frank Rawley and learn more about this rescue, please stop by booths #310 and #311 in the Bahia Mar Electronics Tent. To schedule an appointment, please contact Erica Kelt.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, leveraging the world’s newest satellite network. Customers around the world in industries like government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel . Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.
About SPOT LLC
SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT Global Phone uses the Globalstar network to transmit two-way voice and data communications. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage, having initiated over 3,500 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit FindMeSPOT.com. Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of Spot LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.