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Record Activations as 9,800 more Customers rely on SPOT in Europe in 2015


Highlights:

  • 9,800 SPOT satellite messengers activated in Europe in 2015
  • Activations increased 71 per cent over the last two years
  • SPOT has expanded its customer base to include the B2B lone worker, NGO and emergency services market

Dublin, Ireland (January 25, 2016) Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., (NYSE: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced that 2015 was another record year for SPOT activations in Europe. In addition, 41 customers were rescued last year in Europe, Middle East and Africa thanks to SPOT’s SOS functionality. This figure excludes rescues handled by VARs and other third parties.

SPOT delivers affordable, location-based messaging and life-saving emergency notification technology to tens of thousands of EMEA users, completely independent of mobile phone coverage. SPOT products make it easy to track adventurers in the wild and provide anti-theft protection for valuable assets such as boats, cars and bikes.

The French and UK markets have recorded particularly high growth with 360 per cent and 74 per cent increases in activations respectively since 2013. Spain and Germany also saw very strong growth. Highlights include the take-up of the SPOT Trace tracker in the burgeoning leisure marine and automotive sectors. Organisers of the Marathon Des Sables 2015, the world’s most extreme running race, equipped each of the 1,450 runners with a SPOT Gen3 satellite tracker to reduce risk and aid rescues in the Sahara Desert. The SPOT Gen3 was instrumental in rescuing 18 athletes competing during the 2015 race.

Thanks to its affordability and reliability, it is no longer just sailors, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who have come to depend on SPOT’s life-saving capabilities. In the last year, Globalstar has seen increasing interest from the B2B sector as businesses and NGOs fulfill their duty of care obligations to lone workers. Many emergency services organisations have come to rely on SPOT technology as well as recent new customers including Northumbrian Water Group, Spanish firefighters and Lebanese Red Cross.

David Phipps, Managing Director of Global Telesat Communications (GTC), a Globalstar reseller based in the UK, commented, “We have seen sales of the SPOT Gen3 alone increase by 235% over the last two years and SPOT Trace sales have nearly doubled year-on-year. We anticipate continued success with sales of SPOT products due to massive demand from a wide variety of customers, ranging from individual recreational users to large corporate customers looking for low cost and reliable satellite tracking capabilities.”

One of the more notable SPOT rescues that recently took place in Europe was in October 2015. Dennis van Dokkum, a wilderness guide and survival instructor at Overleven Survival School was taking a team of adventurers to a remote part of Iceland when one of its Land Rovers got stuck on an underwater sandbank in a fast-flowing, glacier river. The four passengers escaped onto the roof of the vehicle and pressed SOS on their SPOT Messenger. Van Dokkum, commented, “SPOT worked perfectly, it was great. In just two hours the emergency services had rescued the stranded passengers and towed the vehicle out of the river. Everyone was warm, dry and safe.”

Gary King, EMEA Regional Sales Manager for SPOT, said, "Thanks to the great work being carried out by our network of dealers, resellers and VARs in EMEA, our business has grown substantially. Customers value SPOT’s benefits, particularly the peace of mind that comes with our reliable, rock-solid satellite connectivity.  SPOT continues to save lives in the outdoor and nautical sector worldwide and provides reliable tracking and man-down solutions for lone workers in industries such as government, defence, utilities and oil & gas. We look forward to another successful year in 2016."

The SPOT family comprises SPOT Gen3, SPOT Trace and the accompanying SPOT App for Android and iOS:

SPOT Gen3 offers multiple tracking features, powerful battery performance and power options including rechargeable and USB direct-line power. Features include: SOS feature to immediately reach emergency personnel if required, custom tracking with 2 ½, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minute tracking intervals, motion-activated tracking, continuous tracking and long battery life.  Family, friends and co-workers can track each user’s journey using the SPOT App. It retails at an RRP of €179.

SPOT Trace™, GPS tracking device is a small satellite, theft detection device that can be used to track cars, boats, motorcycles, quad bikes and other valuable gear. It sends users an email and SMS message with its GPS location when it detects any movement. It retails at an RRP of €125.

GEOS Search and Rescue is an additional membership offered for as low as €15 a year, providing financial relief of possible expenditures occurred during a Search and Rescue incident. The additional membership can cover up to $100,000 of incurred expenses in a given membership year.
To to learn more about SPOT products and services, please visit www.FindMeSPOT.eu

About SPOT LLC
SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage, having initiated over 4,000 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit FindMeSPOT.com. Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of SPOT LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For media information, please contact:
Gavan Murphy
Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.
gavan.murphy@globalstar.com

Rachel Postlethwaite
White Tiger Communications
rachel@whitetigercommunications.net