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When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT Gen3 gives you a critical, life-saving line of communication. The latest generation of award-winning SPOT devices, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you’re okay or send emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam.

Your SPOT Gen3 includes five different buttons. With the push of the S.O.S. button (for emergencies only), GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe. Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to the GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled or until the batteries are depleted. The Emergency Response Center notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your GPS location and personal information – which may include local police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, our country’s embassy or consulate, or other emergency search and rescue teams – as well as notifying your emergency contacts about the receipt of a distress signal.

The Check In button, is to let family and friends know you’re ok when you’re out of cell phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.

The Help/SPOT Assist button, alerts your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations. Or, use SPOT Assist for professional services on land or water (additional service required).

The Custom Message button lets you stay in touch while off the grid by sending your custom message. Set up a message before leaving to send to contacts with your GPS location. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.

The Custom Message functions exactly like your Check In message. You can also have access to your waypoints in your SPOT account so you can review your route at a later date. Or link your SPOT account to SPOT Adventures and save a map of your adventures using your SPOT waypoints, and enhance the story with photos and a blog.

The fifth is the Tracking button, which allows friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date. Once you activate this tracking mode, SPOT acquires and sends your GPS coordinates to your SPOT account and, if you choose, shared pages. You can make your shared page private or public. Your choice! Just share that URL with your friends and family and they can easily track your adventures. Upload your tracks to SPOT Adventures, a social portal, where you can set up a profile and blog with others sharing their SPOT Adventures.

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Alain Assad

Alain Assad

Off-Road Powersports Journalist
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