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2008 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award

wsjAwardThe Wall Street Journal recently announced that SPOT Satellite Messenger has received the prestigious 2008 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the Consumer Electronics category. This marks the sixth industry award for SPOT since being introduced in November of 2007. The Wall Street Journal received more than 700 entries to be considered for the Innovation Awards. Judges looked for innovations that broke new ground in their field and demonstrated a measurable impact. Only four percent of the entries received the final award in 19 different categories. A full list of this year’s winners can be viewed here. Click here to read more.

A Mission Critical Bunker: GEOS

Check out how cool this is! Your emergency coordinator for SPOT, GEOS, houses its operations in an underground bunker near Houston, Texas that is a throw-back to nuclear threat times. That means that you are backed by a search and rescue coordinator that is there for you no matter what. Click here to read more.

Backcountry Emergency Personnel Preparedness

RonAvery.jpg Ron Avery, President and Director of Training for The Practical Shooting Academy, Inc. and Executive Director of the non-profit, Rocky Mountain Tactical Institute - both training institutions dedicated to professional firearms and tactics courses, higher police standards and training and use of force research, reviews SPOT in The PoliceOne Firearms Corner. With SPOT, even officers or emergency personnel operating far outside of cell phone coverage can send in updates or distress calls about their whereabouts.

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Expert Backpacker Review

Backpacker Andrew Skurka, named 2007 “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic Adventurer, reviews SPOT.

“My mother is not a backpacker or a hiker, and "outdoorsy" is definitely not among the Top 10 adjectives I would use to describe her. But, as a mom, she gets gravely worried and concerned when her hyper-outdoorsy son goes into the backcountry, usually alone, regardless of the season, and almost always with the intention of pushing his limits.

So it was slightly surprising, but not really, that I first heard about the SPOT Messenger from her. She had seen an ad in a magazine and, for the first time in my backpacking career, she made a gear recommendation to me. If I carried one, she thought, she might actually be able to sleep okay at night when I'm out on a trip.”

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Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker Near Shubrick Peak



Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.

Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT peaked his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a "must bring" item.

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