Delorme’s inReach 2-Way Satellite Communicator offers communications where you need it most. For areas without cell phone service – which includes over 90 percent of the Earth’s surface – inReach is the first consumer-affordable satellite communicator to offer two-way SOS and personal text messaging, delivery confirmation, “follow me” remote GPS tracking, and worldwide coverage via the Iridium network.
The two-way text messaging capability is especially crucial in SOS situations. Boaters or other in-distress users can describe their situation so that search-and-rescue authorities know what assets to deploy. They can also exchange updates with the response center, including sharing information on subsequent injuries or damage, changing weather conditions and revised responder ETAs.“inReach’s two-way communication can eliminate one of the most vexing issues search-and-rescue authorities face – false alarms,” said Patrick Shay, DeLorme Vice President and General Manager for Connected Solutions.
For friends and family at home, the “follow me” remote tracking feature lets them see the user’s travel progress online, at programmable intervals. It also has the capability for family and friends to ping the remote device to determine locations on demand.
For free-form two-way messaging, inReach can be paired with either an Android smartphone or a DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w handheld GPS receiver. It can also be used as a standalone device, allowing pre-programmed messages and SOS alerts to be sent via the device’s pushbutton interface, with confirmation of delivery. Remote tracking can also be activated.
“inReach represents a game changer in the communications market and dramatically expands what’s possible for recreation and professional endeavors beyond cell phone coverage, especially in remote or high-risk environments,” said Jim Skillings, DeLorme Vice President for Commercial Products.
Messages are relayed by inReach to and from Iridium satellites, which make up the world’s furthest reaching communications network. The DeLorme inReach is built around the Iridium 9602 short-burst data transceiver, enabling its global, two-way connectivity.
The inReach has received numerous accolades of late including the 2011 Popular Science Best of What’s New, 2011 Gear of the Year awards from both Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, 2012 CES Innovations honors, and most recently an National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Award for Consumer Electronics.
inReach is available at a suggested retail price of $249.95. For more information, or to find a retailer, go to www.delorme.com.