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The New York Times

As seen in The New York Times on December 2, 2008:

Venturing Beyond a Compass and Map

By Ian Austen 

SPOT Satellite Messenger

Unlike conventional GPS devices, the Spot Satellite Messenger (also known as Personal Tracker; $170, findmespot.com) does not give directions. Instead, it tracks its user’s location and sends family and friends automated text or e-mail updates. If necessary, the device can alert up to 10 people that a user needs nonemergency assistance; another feature acts as a global 911 service for true emergencies. The Spot requires an annual subscription of $100 to $158, depending on services. 

Featured Rescue

4,000th Rescue: Motorcyclist in DeKalb County, Alabama

Rescue Profile: Michael Herrera
Case #: 15697


4000th rescue

On October 23 in DeKalb County, Alabama, retired Houston firefighter Michael Herrera was alone and off-roading on his dual-sport bike when he took a hard fall. Although initially disoriented, Michael’s experience as a first responder told him that his injuries were more serious than he could see so he reached for his SPOT Gen3® and pressed the S.O.S. button.

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