Axonn manufactures revolutionary affordable satellite personal safety device that provides highly accurate GPS location messaging capability
MILPITAS, CA (November 7, 2007) – SPOT Inc., today announced that NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power, high performance A-GPS solutions for GPS and location-based service products, will provide its NX2 GPS solution for the SPOT™ Satellite Messenger. The SPOT™ Satellite Messenger is a revolutionary consumer satellite personal communications product that offers affordable peace of mind by providing the ability to send a message for help from virtually anywhere, completely independent of cell phone networks.
Axonn LLC manufactures the SPOT satellite messenger for SPOT Inc. SPOT combines Axonn’s proficiency in the development of advanced wireless technology hardware for tracking and monitoring remote assets, with NemeriX’s ultra low power GPS technology and positioning expertise. Using GPS technology, the SPOT Satellite Messenger enables users, based on varying levels of need, to send messages to friends, family, or if needed, emergency responders, with all messages including the user’s exact location coordinates. SPOT also provides the ability to visually track the location of the messenger using web-based mapping software.
After benchmarking available GPS positioning technology, Axonn chose NemeriX due to the GPS company’s expertise in providing ultra low-power global positioning solutions. Axonn CEO Dave Biggs explains: “NemeriX’s ultra low power and highly reliable, high precision location determination technology was crucial to our ability to produce an affordable, personal safety device that can be used outside the coverage areas of cellular phones and powered by convenient and readily available batteries.” Mr. Biggs added, “Consequently SPOT is powered by just two AA size lithium batteries and when powered on, SPOT has a battery stand-by time of approximately 12 months.”
With SPOT being designed for use in the event of an emergency, it was also crucial for Axonn to balance its power management requirements with superior location accuracy. The Nemerix GPS solutions integrated into the SPOT Satellite Messenger possesses both the signal acquisition and the static Location Accuracy specifications needed for a product designed to provide the user’s exact position coordinates in times of need.
Lewis Boore, VP of Marketing for NemeriX comments: “This is a truly exciting and extremely valuable application and validates Nemerix’s position as the premier provider of low-cost, high performance GPS solutions. We are delighted that Axonn chose our GPS positioning technology to work alongside their communications expertise to deliver the world’s first satellite messenger.”
GPS signals are processed by the NemeriX system within the 239 g (7.37 ounce) SPOT Messenger. Nemerix’s NX2 baseband processor designed for C/A code L1 GPS low power applications acts as a flexible GPS enabled micro-controller, with a highly integrated, low noise RF front-end receiver.SPOT message and tracking functions enable users to send messages to friends, family or emergency responders, based on varying levels of need and to visually track the location of the SPOT satellite messenger:
Weighing just over 7 ounces and priced at less than $170 USD, the SPOT Satellite Messenger is ideal for the growing market of more than 64 million estimated outdoor enthusiasts, specifically for backpacking, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, ice and rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or recreational maritime activities.
SPOT is now available for purchase through leading retailers across the United States and the SPOT Web site at www.findmespot.com.
About SPOT, Inc.
The SPOT Satellite Messenger, the world’s first satellite messenger, uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer’s location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. SPOT Inc., a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., (NASDAQ:GSAT) provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people unmatched peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how SPOT, Inc. is helping users live to tell about it™ – from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes – visit www.findmespot.com.
About NemeriX (www.nemerix.com)
Founded in April 2002, NemeriX S.A. (Manno, Switzerland) is a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power GPS and LBS integrated circuits, software and firmware for GPS and wireless applications. With the release of NX4, NemeriX has four generations of low-power, high performance, stand-alone, hosted, A-GPS experience. NemeriX’s devices enable battery powered location determination anywhere, anytime, facilitating the design and manufacture of truly differentiated products and an enhanced consumer experience.
NemeriX’s investors include Atila Ventures, Auriga Partners, Cadence, Oak Investment Partners, PolyTechnos Venture-Partners, and Vi Venture Incubator.
For more information about NemeriX, please visit www.nemerix.com
About Axonn (www.axonn.com)
Headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, Axonn has been committed to the research, development and commercialization of satellite and radio frequency-based hardware for the tracking and monitoring of fixed and mobile remote assets since 1985. As the leading provider of patented asset tracking hardware for Globalstar's Simplex service, there are currently over 150,000 Axonn satellite based products in operation used worldwide by industrial, commercial and government customers. Currently available through more than 50 value added resellers(VARs). Based on strong working relationships, product integrators and data service providers integrate Axonn's hardware into their customized global asset tracking and management solutions to enable the cost-effective replacement of wire and cable in industrial, commercial and residential applications worldwide and has brought connectivity to previously inaccessible data.