DUBLIN, Ireland (November 28, 2011) - Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) and a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments and consumers, today announced that the Madrid Fire Service have made the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger ™ a required device for their fire fighters to carry in the field.
The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ sends predefined location-based messages over the Globalstar satellite network, providing GPS waypoints and emergency assistance when needed. As part of the new Fleet Management and Personal Safety solution “FENIX”, specifically designed for the Community of Madrid Forest Fire Brigades, SPOT technology will assist with the tracking and safety of deployed fire fighters.
On 14 of October, the developers of FENIX, FCC INDUSTRIAL (FCC Group), and MATINSA, its subsidiary specializing in forest fire prevention and extinguishing services, conducted a practical demonstration of FENIX assisted by Regina Planiol, Justice Minister of the Community of Madrid, at the Center of Operations for the Buitrago de Lozoya.
Regina Planiol explained “As there is little or no mobile phone coverage in many rural parts of Spain, the great advantage of FENIX is the usage of satellite technology via the SPOT Messenger. SPOT provides reliable, proven technology 24 hours per day, 356 days per year. This solution will be distributed across all fire brigades participating in the 2012 Forest Fire campaign.
“FENIX, with the help of SPOT technology, provides dependable tracking and security management for fire brigades in Spain,” said Antonio Prego, Systems Division Director at the FCC INDUSTRIAL. “Incorporating the lightweight SPOT Messenger device into the FENIX fleet management kit now makes available a personalised, global tracking solution helping keep fire fighters safe while working.”
The growing international community of SPOT customers rely on its mobile satellite technology for staying in touch with personal contacts, sharing their location waypoints in real time with others or requesting help in critical emergencies. The SPOT Messenger products have initiated nearly 1,500 rescues worldwide on land and at sea since product inception in November 2007.
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About Globalstar Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial customers and recreational consumers in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. 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.
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