SPOT from Globalstar Selected to Provide Satellite Tracking and Safety for Marathon des Sables


Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and a satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies company, has announced that its SPOT Gen3 safety device has been selected to track and protect all participants in MARATHON DES SABLES 2015 (MDS), the world's most extreme running race, as well as in the MDS 2016 and 2017 races.

Each MARATHON DES SABLES2015 participant, some 1,450 extreme athletes representing over 70 nations, will carry the latest version of SPOT from Globalstar, the SPOT Gen3.

Now in its 30th edition, MDS is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a highly challenging landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert. Being held April 3-13, MDS 2015 will see the world's toughest runners take the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celcius).

Globalstar has secured an agreement with the MDS Organising Committee that will see all participants in "The Toughest Foot Race on Earth” benefit from SPOT's tracking and safety capabilities for three years, up to and including the running of MDS 2017.

 SPOT Gen3 is a rugged, pocket-sized low-priced personal GPS messenger that helps users stay connected via satellite even where there is poor or no GSM signal.

 With SPOT, MDS race organisers and emergency support services will be able to precisely track each runner's location, via a user-friendly display of GPS positions in real-time via the DREAMAP platform. If a racer gets into trouble, such as sustaining an injury, with the single press of a button, emergency services will be alerted, his or her GPS coordinates will be transmitted, and help will be rapidly dispatched to the runner's location.

SPOT Gen3 provides off-the-grid messaging, emergency alerts, extra long battery life, and extreme GPS tracking, with track check points capable of taking place as frequently as every 2 1?2 minutes. The convenient SPOT App web-based interface allows users to easily view their SPOT messages, show their track points and monitor people or assets via a smartphone or tablet.

SPOT devices have been used in over 3,500 rescues worldwide since Globalstar launched the technology in 2007, and they have given peace of mind to many thousands more people.

Source: Company Press Release