California, US: Globalstar has received an order for the initial delivery of more than 15,000 SPOT satellite communicators from DeLorme. This introductory order will address DeLorme’s retail distribution channel fill requirements. Earlier this year (in 2010) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, both companies jointly announced the introduction of the world’s first rugged, handheld GPS and satellite communicator product.
The DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator is the first handheld GPS navigation device capable of sending customised text messages even when the user is operating far beyond the range of cellular communications. The product is expected to be ready for general availability beginning in late spring.
Peter Dalton, Chief Executive Officer of Globalstar, said, “The DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with the SPOT Satellite Communicator provides customers with the utility of a sophisticated handheld GPS device combined with SPOT’s global satellite messaging and tracking capability. This announcement demonstrates the level of market excitement and potential pent up demand there is for a handheld GPS device capable of sending customised text messages and location coordinates from virtually anywhere in the world.”
The SPOT satellite communicator, designed exclusively for the new PN-60w, merges SPOT satellite message functionality with DeLorme’s state-of-the-art GPS mapping utility. Together, this integrated solution offers broad messaging capabilities enabling users to send freeform text messages using the PN-60w’s keyboard to select individuals or groups, even when the user is far beyond the range of traditional terrestrial-based wireless communications.