Me and my wife's biggest concern about going to Antartica was the safety factor and not being able to contact anyone if anything happened to us. Several ships have been stuck in the ice recentely and one ship has sunk in Antartica. My wife was well aware of this and was very hestitant about taking this cruise and landing on the ice for the daily walks with the penguins. I then found out about the SPOT GPS device and I took it home to my wife and showed her that we could use this to track our trip and we could use the 911 in case of any emergency. This device enabled us to to take this trip to Antartica and not have to worry about our fears. It worked like a charm and our OK signals were received on a daily basis. Fortunately we did not have to use the 911 feature!! I would recommend taking the SPOT GPS device to any remote area to ease any fears about being lost.
Tom & Vicki Joines Half Moon Bay, CA
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 12:45
I deployed to Afghanistan as an International Police Advisor July of 2008. Knowing that communication with my family was going to be limited, I purchased a SPOT device before deployment. My hopes were that I could send an "OK" message back home from time to time allowing my family and friends some peace of mind. For the last 16 months I have traveled through numerous Districts and Provinces within Afghanistan in an effort to build a secure and competent police force. My SPOT device has sent numerous “OK” messages back home to my family and friends. On 5-OCT my SPOT device was put to the ultimate test. I had programmed my “HELP” function to notify the TOC (Tactical Operations Center) within my region in cases of emergency. While traveling to a remote training site, the second vehicle in our convoy had a severe mechanical breakdown. We pulled to the shoulder of the road in a very remote mountain canyon. We attempted to reach the TOC with both radios inside our up-armored truck. Neither radio worked. We all had cell phones, but no signal. The high mountain tops were blocking every form of communication we had. We were suddenly stranded 40 minutes from the closest safe-haven with no communication. As a last resort I activated the “HELP” function on my SPOT device. After a few minutes stranded on the side of the road we began to tow the stranded vehicle up the mountain pass. We traveled at a very slow pace for several miles before we were able to get a signal on a cell phone. My “HELP” request had already alerted the TOC to my location and request for help. With grid coordinates from my SPOT the TOC had already dispatched a QRF (Quick Reaction Force) from two different sites to our location. It was a great feeling to know that help was on the way and someone was tracking our every movement via my SPOT. After towing the stranded vehicle for over twenty minutes we were finally met by two separate teams that safely escorted us to our destination. With the “HELP” of my SPOT device we were able to request assistance and make it safely back to our training site. I have always been a proponent of SPOT. Being a motorcycle adventurist, the technology and assistance the SPOT offers is well worth the expense. Thank you for offering such a low cost service to the general public. As a result of my experience, I will be a life time owner and subscriber to your technology. Thanks again. Your technology is saving lives. -Greg Beaty
Dr. Michael Dowdy
Friday, 18 September 2009 23:22
We use several SPOT personal tracking devices in our behavioral health practice. We are a private practice that provides mental health services to children, teens and adults. Some of our staff work as case managers which means that they provide services in the community and oftentimes have to go to the homes of individuals. While we have strict policies to protect them and to provide for their safety, they sometimes find themselves in unpredictable situations. By having them carry a SPOT personal tracking device they feel more secure in knowing that help is only a button push away. In addition, knowing that the device will allow law enforcement to track in the event they were ever abducted is another very positive point for them. We do require that they keep the device hidden from the view of others so that no one is aware that they have it on them.
We are accredited by CARF, one of the best known and most respected names in accreditation. Following our recent re-accreditation process and survey we were awarded three exemplary ratings for our services. One of the exemplary ratings was in case management services and one thing that secured that for us was the innovative use of the SPOT personal tracking device as a safety measure for our staff. We were very happy with the results, especially in light of the fact most agencies and practices strive all of their lives to earn one exemplary rating, and we there able to earn three in one survey, and one of them with the help of SPOT.
I would strongly urge other organizations to use the Spot personal messaging device for use in the community as we do for case managers. It provides real security to the employee and peace of mind to the employer. I hope that future models can be made smaller. Having a smaller unit would be great for our use and allow the individual user to conceal it more easily.
Keep up the good work.
Dr. Michael Dowdy
I Cannot Believe the SPOT Device Saved my Life the Day I Received it!
Thursday, 30 April 2009 11:03
As posted on http://www.amazon.com/ SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Reviews:
I Cannot Believe the SPOT Device Saved my Life the Day I Received it!
Carlos Serrano, HELP Button Initiated Rescue in Venezuela
Thursday, 30 April 2009 10:52
On April 5, 2009, at 11:00 AM, we left the Losandres Yacht Club in Maracaibo, Venezuela heading to Tucacas, Port Cabello, with intermediary stops in San Carlos and Punto Fijo. The Captain of our sailboat was Alejandro González Molina, who officially is a Second Class Captain. The passengers were Owner Carlos Serrano Pérez and Socartes Cisneros. All on-board were Venezuelans.
On the night of Sunday, April 5, 2009, we anchored in the San Bernardo/San Carlos Bay where we spent the night. On the morning of April 6, 2009, we continued our route via Punto Fijo at 10:30 AM and sailed the entire day of the 6th and the night and early morning of the 7th without a hitch. At approximately 3 AM, winds came up with speeds of 40 to 60 knots with waves between 4 and 8 meters in height. (Possibly as a result of recent tremors in the area or possibly Atlantic coastal winds.) The result of the situation was that one of the mast shrouds suffered physical damage at the base, which we repaired half of the night using tools and extra parts that we brought on board. We made it through the windstorm and by sunrise we evaluated the damages suffered during the windstorm and decided to return to the Port of Maracaibo at about 6:30 AM.
Now returning headed toward the entrance canal to the Lake of Maracaibo at approximately 1:17 PM on April 7, 2009, the rudder tiller broke leaving the sailboat Lissett unable to steer and complicating a safe entrance into the canal. In virtue of the situation, we activated the security device that we brought on board, SPOT, which emits an emergency HELP signal via satellites to my sons, who acted immediately to contact the relevant authorities (The Captain’s Office in Maracaibo, Coast Guard and Marine Firefighters of San Carlos) giving them our exact coordinates, with which the Coast Guard ship Alcatraz used to carry out our rescue at 1:30 AM on April 8, 2009. They towed us for 8 hours to the Port of Maracaibo and we arrived on solid ground at around 9 AM on April 8 with the 3 members aboard alive and well.
Thanks to God, my children, SPOT and the Venezuelan Coast Guard with their ship Alcatraz from the command from Maracaibo, Zulia State, they rescued us alive and healthy.
-Carlos Serrano, Venezuela
The red coordinates were when we activated the SPOT and the green coordinate signals the instant that we saw the rescue ship.
Thursday, 30 April 2009 10:45
After SPOT made it possible for thousands of friends and family to track our Alaska expedition to the summit of Denali, in spring 2008, I wanted to demonstrate to the Hong Kong Regional Scout Association how SPOT could track scouts on camping and hiking trips. After using SPOT and sending an OK message during training Scout leaders in survival techniques at their Gilwell Scout Camp, the following evening we hooked up a laptop computer and I searched emails for that all important
message. It worked! SPOT sees Hong Kong - that is provided you get out from beneath towering office buildings and give it open sky. One week later I used SPOT to mark a position while climbing limestone in Tonsai, Thailand. Just like GPS, there is no reason to leave camp without SPOT.