As seen in the Los Angeles Times on December 15, 2008:
Gifts for Exercisers and Outdoor Enthusiasts
By Roy Wallack
Spot Satellite Personal Tracker
Safety first. This device, using GPS and Spot's network, ensures that people can find you -- or at least find where you were just before you dropped into a hole. It tracks you in real time via Google Maps, so your loved ones can "watch" you, and it can send three types of messages: a regular "I'm OK" to a predesignated e-mail address, an "I need assistance" alert to the same, and has a 911 "help" button that goes to the Coast Guard or a search-and-rescue or other group. It retains your route history, posting your location on a website every 10 minutes. The device floats, handles temperatures down to 40 degrees and works in North America, Europe and Australia, and some of South America, Africa and Asia.
-Wallack is an Irvine-based health and fitness writer.
Rescue Profile: Bill and Andreas
Case #: 12629
Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.
One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada. Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel. Fassbender had been lying on the ground waiting for 2 hours as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage. Luckily for Fassbender, Peschka had his SPOT handy.
The SOS was pushed and within 30 minutes, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on the scene and was looking for SPOT Owner, Peschka by name. Two ambulances had been dispatched because they were unsure of the road conditions and wanted to get quickly to Fassbender’s aide. They loaded Fassbender into the ambulance and off they went.