Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger and Tracking Device
Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger provides a lot of motorcycle touring safety in terms of communication and tracking services outside the mobile networks nearly all around the globe. The GPS messengers and satellite phones are often the only way to communicate and get help when exploring the outback. Especially adventure touring and offroad riders are taking more risks on versatile surfaces and conditions which tend to lead every now and then to some sort of accidents which require outside help. A GEN3 messenger would be very handy in those times and meanwhile it keeps the home front on top of the development without further actions. If something happens the best available help would be only one single press of a button away and when everything goes according to the plan, a simple Check IN & everything is OK message would be often much appreciated. The GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger gives a peace of mind for both the traveller and those at home what ever the trip or art of traveling in question.
The Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger is not bound to mobile phone network operators or services which would be anyway very limited on a long tour outside the urban and in foreign countries. The GEN3 messenger tracks and updates the user GPS location to a GoogleMap on the Spot user account and the home front could follow the trip in real time. The GEN3 rider is able to send pre made text and Check IN messages back to home or any contact person owning an email account or a cell phone. These messages would also include a link to a Spot page and GoogleMap showing the location. In fact the user of the Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger can alert less critical roadside help and when the situation is urgent and life threatening, send a S.O.S. emergency request. Both these alerts can be also cancelled if the situation changes, otherwise contacts remain notified and are acting on it.
The Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger progress of movement and tracking could be made using the Spot online user account or a smartphone Spot Application. Both of them are very simple to use and informative about the development of the trip. The Spot App has two ways to search and follow the recordings. First of all the GoogleMap shows the footprints on the basic graphic and satellite maps, but the trace is also available in a list too which shows the time tag and the type of recording. By pressing one of those recordings, a detailed summary opens up with a GoogleMap window. The map can be easily zoomed in & out for a better view and all the recordings in the profile could be filtered according to dates, type of recordings and devices if several are registered in the same profile. The online Spot User Account allows the fullest control over the Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger settings and the smartphone App the most mobile and instant trip monitoring.
Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger & Tracking Device Features
The Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger needs a GPS service plan and a complete Spot user profile in order to be fully operational and ready for an adventure. The user profile would be made on an online Spot account, including information on the device/-s in question, settings, content of the text messages, contacts and the user itself. This profile information is used in case of an emergency and critical info such as medicine allergies and the blood type could be saved there additionally and delivered directly from there to the rescue responders. On the Spot user account the rider can customize the text messages and include the contacts in regard to the roadside Help, Custom and Check IN messages. In addition the Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger profile offers archive and social sharing features on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Spot Adventures which may be used to publish the trips close to real time. The tracking archive lists every GPS coordinate and shows them on a GoogleMap frame as a series of footprints. Each footprint opens up an info box including the GEN3 identity, tracking mode, exact location and the time.
The Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger is very simply to use and intuitive. When powered up a blinking green GPS light confirms the satellite reception. The rider has 2 buttons to alert help and 2 buttons to send pre made messages. The footprint button activates the tracking and locations are updated as long as the GEN3 senses vibration and movement. When standing still more than 5 minutes, the messenger sends the last location and turns automatically on hold saving the battery. A basic tracking service plan allows the Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger to send the location every 10 minutes for 24 hours and after that the tracking must be re-activated. With an Unlimited Tracking service plan, the location interval could be set on the Spot user account more freely to every 5, 10, 30 and 60 minutes without any 24h cycles. The fullest tracking service plan, the Extreme Tracking offers on top of that the shortest tracking interval every 2 1/2 minutes.
The Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger tracking info on the GoogleMap includes the GPS coordinates, exact time and the date. Sometimes it could be better to set the tracking off and simply send one of the 2 pre made messages from time to time. These messages also include the GPS location which could be enough from the communication point of view. Most of all this saves the battery. Basically most of the messages would be done with the Check IN function which informs the contacts that everything is simply OK. A Custom message button could be used for more personal or special messages when out of fuel in the middle of nowhere e.g. This would be a rather usual scenario in adventure touring and one way to support the remote challenges. In addition the Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger could be used to alert roadside help after minor accidents and technical brake down situations by pressing the Help & Spot Assist button. The alert could be send to anyone with an email or mobile phone number, but additionally it could be used to alert a Spot Roadside Assistance team if such service is activated. This would be a perfect alternative if the rider has no contacts who could help in such situations which could be very much the case in foreign countries.
When something very serious happens, the Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger offers the ability to send a S.O.S. emergency request. This function should be used only when there is a life threatening situation at hand. After pressing the S.O.S. button, the message will be sent continuously every 5 minutes until it`s cancelled by pressing the S.O.S. button again until the LED blinks red. The emergency message will be sent directly to the S.O.S. service center called GEOS International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center which takes contact to the local emergency responders such as the 911 in the US and the 112 in the Europe. The S.O.S. service center provides the recent GPS location and the user information in the profile to the emergency responders which take care of the rest. By adding the possible medicine allergies and the blood type in the Sport profile, the rider could ensure few critical details to be available when needed.
The Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger is rather small and light which means it can be easily carried on board at all times and placed almost anywhere. Some of the dual sport shell jackets have a sleeve pocket on the left hand with a clear window which would be one of the best ways as long as the window faces up to the sky. There are also different kind of wristbands and holders to carry the messenger. The GEN3 antenna is placed under the logo which means that the front side should be facing up to the sky with a clear view. Even dense forests and narrow canyons can be problematic. The GEN3 would be powered with four AAA batteries, rechargeable batteries or using 5V power source with a USB cable. Therefore the combination of rechargeable batteries and the USB cable would be perfect on the go and the rider would not run out of juice easily. Note that the GEN3 device requires at least 12 inches free space from other GPS devices in order not the interfere with them. The key Spot GEN3 Satellite GPS Messenger features are:
- Spot profile GoogleMap tracking
- 3RD party app. tracking
- Basic tracking & location every 10 minutes (service plan required)
- Unlimited tracking every 5, 10, 30 and 60 min. (optional)
- Extreme tracking every 2,5 min. (optional)
- Custom Check IN & OK message with
- Link to location on GoogleMap
- Custom message & location
- Custom Help & Spot Assist alert
- S.O.S. emergency alert
- Movement alert
- Dock mode
- Power backup with 4 AAA batteries or
- 5V USB support
- USB cable included
- VELCRO® strap and carabiner fastening incl.
- Rugged & waterproof housing
- PER SASE J1455 and
- MIL STD810F rated
- Operating temperature range 60 to -30C or 140 to -22F
- Weight 114g or 4 oz.