Electronic Equipment

The findmeSPOT Connect GPS Device

I used to use the SPOT Connect GPS tracker from www.findmeSPOT.com.:


This device, now outdated, is controlled from a cell phone via Bluetooth and transmits data via satellite to the findmeSPOT servers. The data sent is of two basic types: text messages and tracking GPS position data. The text messages are predefined and saved on the cell phone (and synched with the findmeSPOT server when Internet connectivity is available). The messages are sent as either text messages (SMS) or email to a list of predefined recipients. GPS coordinates are attached to the message so a recipient can see where you were when the message was sent.

Separate from the text messaging feature, the user can turn on “Tracking.” When Tracking is on GPS coordinates are automatically sent every 10 minutes. These tracking points are relayed to the findmeSPOT.com server and saved for online viewing. The user usually sets up a public or private (password protected) “Share page” and emails its URL to interested people beforehand. Thus at any time anyone with the Share page URL (and password if it’s private) can see the track in real time. (Well, almost real time. There is a short delay)

Finally, SPOT Connect can an SOS message that is relayed by findmeSPOT.com to the nearest emergency response agency. So far, I’ve not had to use this feature.

I now use a Garmin 735XT watch.



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