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SPOT offer to 31st December 2009
 
 
SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker


Price: DISCONTINUED
 
Availability: DISCONTINUED
Product Code: spot-001



Features

Features

SPOT features four key functions that enable users to send messages to friends, family or emergency responders, based upon varying levels of need:

  • SOS: Dispatch emergency responders to your exact location. SPOT sends one message every 5 minutes until power is depleted or SOS is cancelled.

  • Ask for Help: Request help from friends and family in your exact location. SPOT sends one message every 5 minutes for one hour or until Help is cancelled.

  • Check In: Let contacts know where you are and that youre okay. SPOT sends three identical messages to the SPOT service for redundancy. The first of those three messages is delivered.

  • Track Progress: Send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using Google Maps. SPOT sends one message every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until SPOT is powered off.

Online Service Subscriptions

To operate your SPOT you need to take out an annual subscription online at www.findmespot.com. There are two choices:

Basic Annual Service - €99

  • SOS: Dispatch emergency responders to your exact location. Unlimited usage included.
  • Check In: Let contacts know where you are and that you're okay. Unlimited Check In emails included. Up to 200 annual Check-In or Help text messages to any mobile phone, worldwide, are also included in the plan. Additional text messages cost €0.10 per message.
  • Ask For Help:Request help from friends and family at your exact location. Unlimited Help emails included. Up to 200 annual Check-In or Help text messages to any mobile phone, worldwide, are also included in the plan. Additional text messages cost 0.10 per message.


Annual Tracking - €39

  • Unlimited tracking messages, which can then be viewed by friends and family on Google Maps™.


Your SPOT will not operate without a subscription.

Coverage

spot worldwide coverage
SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles off-shore of these areas.

The map shows estimated coverage area. Actual coverage may vary. Success rates are forecasts for a SPOT messenger to successfully deliver a single message during a 20-minute period, based on network availability. Additionally, in everyday conditions it is normal for some messages to be blocked by your environment, such as hills or buildings. That's why the SPOT Messenger is scheduled to automatically send multiple messages in every mode - giving you excellent overall reliability.

Package Includes

  • SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
  • 2 AA 1.5V lithium batteries (Energizer brand)
  • User Guide
  • GEOS Emergency Response Services printed guide


SPOT comes with a 2 year limited warranty. If your SPOT requires a service please see here for details - SPOT Warranty

Technical Details

Physical & Performance:

Unit dimensions, HxWxD: 111 mm x 69 mm x 44 mm
Weight: 209 g
Power: 2 AA 1.5V lithium batteries
Battery life: Under normal usage a full battery charge should meet or exceed the following
Power on, unused: Approx. 1 year
Tracking mode: Approx. 14 days
SOS mode: Up to 7 consecutive days
Check In mode: 1900 messages
Waterproof yes, waterproof to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
Floats: yes
Operating Temperatures: -40C to +85C (-40F to +185F)
Operating Altitude: -91 m to +6,492 m (-300 ft to +21,000 ft)
Humidity Rated: MIL-STD-810E Method 507.3, 95% to 100% condensing
Salt Fog Rated: Per MIL-STD-810E Method 509.3, 5% NaCl, 95% distilled water
Vibration: Per SAE J1455
Random, 20 Hz to 2000 Hz, 0.04g2/Hz, one hour per axis
Drop: Dropped twice on all six sides from one metre onto hard surface.
RoHS version available: yes, WEEE compliant
Certifications: Certified to FCC and CE emissions, immunity and safety regulations.
Meets FCC part 25 regulations, Canada type approval, CISPR Publication 22 (1985 1st Edition), RTTE Directive (1999/EC), IEC 60950 safety standard, and European EMC Directive 89/336/EEC.

Our Comment

SPOT has been designed specifically for outdoor activities as it is waterproof, shockproof and can operate in extreme temperatures.

It has near worldwide coverage and does not rely on a mobile phone network to send alert/"I'm OK" messages so is suitable in remote locations. It is a relatively inexpensive way to let family and friends know that your are ok when travelling on your adventures and they can even track your progress through a web-based Google map service.

The deivce has an extremely long 2 x AA battery life. This low power consumption does mean however that the GPS receiver in the device is not as sensitive as those in modern handhelds so you need a clear unobstructed view of the sky for SPOT to function correctly and it will take several minutes to acquire a satellite. SPOT can have difficulty acquiring a GPS signal under the cover of trees, in urban areas or where line-of-sight is obstructed.

SPOT is very much a niche product for outdoor pursuits (rather than the tracking of day-to-day activities) but it is a much cheaper alternative to a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon).