In a recent edition of All At Sea we discussed Emergency Positioning Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Location Beacons (PLBs) but there is also another option of emergency communication known as satellite messengers.
In a life-threatening situation, having a way of contacting emergency services at the touch of a button is a reassuring thought. Many of us venture out of cellular range and we should have a means of hailing help other than the smartphone in our pocket. EPIRBs and PLBs are no longer the only option as certain satellite messengers can also get help when out of cellular range. This particular breed of communication device adds capabilities that make them not only valuable in an emergency situation but also offer a non-emergency communication capability.
Two companies’ products are at the forefront of this technology, each with its own unique offerings. Each has devices that have the capability of communicating distress signals as well as having 100% satellite messaging technology via orbiting satellite systems.
- The Spot line of products from Globalstar and
- DeLorme’s inReach line of products.
Check them both out in this Slideshow!