u-blox GPS receiver technology selected for new and enhanced SPOT satellite GPS messenger product
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger with AMY-5M GPS module communicates GPS location via Globalstar's LEO Satellite Constellation
u-blox' GPS receiver enables the new SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to quickly and accurately determine a user's position with fast time to first fix (TTFF). When activated, SPOT sends the user's GPS location coordinates and select messages using Globalstar's constellation of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites, to friends, family or co-workers via an SMS message or email. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger can be used to notify a response center of a user's location. The SPOT unit can also be tracked visually on the web using Google Maps(TM) or Google Earth. Because SPOT uses satellite technology, users can send their location information and messages regardless of cellular availability.
"We are very proud to have been selected for a GPS product demanding high-performance satellite acquisition and tracking capabilities in remote locations. We are pleased that our AMY-5M GPS module was able to fulfill Globalstar's requirements for high sensitivity, wide temperature range and extremely small package size," said Nikolaos Papadopoulos, President, u-blox America, Inc.
"When specifying the functionality requirements for the new SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, we gave Axonn the difficult task of designing and delivering an improved product that would be smaller, lighter and even easier to use than the original award-winning device," said Bob Miller, Senior Vice President of Ground Operations, Globalstar, Inc. Mr Miller added, "Thanks to the new u-blox GPS receiver, Axonn has designed a next-generation product that will acquire a user's location coordinates even faster than the original SPOT. We are pleased that u-blox's AMY-5M receiver technology is helping us meet our goal of providing even greater SPOT product utility and GPS receiver performance for our customers."
Consumer retail acceptance of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger continues to grow since becoming widely available for sale in 2007. The product is now available at over 8,000 points of SPOT distribution world-wide. As of March 31, 2009 Globalstar had received orders to ship more than 120,000 units to customers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Western Europe, and Australia.
Availability: The new SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger(TM) is scheduled to be available at select retailers later this fall. To find a SPOT retailer in the United States please visit the SPOT dealer locator at http://findmespot.com/en/locateadealer/.
For further information about the AMY-5M GPS module, see: http://www.u-blox.com/en/gps-modules/pvt-modules/amy-5m.html
About SPOT LLC
SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT), markets the SPOT Satellite Messenger, the world's first satellite messenger which uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer's location and the Globalstar satellite network to transmit that information to friends, family or a service center. (www.findmespot.com)
About Axonn, LLC
Established in 1985, Axonn LLC is headquartered in Covington, Louisiana. Axonn designs and manufactures radio frequency based hardware that communicates low rate data over land and satellite based networks. Axonn's focus on providing small, cost-effective devices that operate for long periods of time on batteries has provided a good platform for products like SPOT that provide mobile, battery powered location tracking. Under a mutually exclusive agreement, Axonn designed and manufactured SPOT and Globalstar markets and sells the product through its SPOT Inc. subsidiary. For more information, visit www.axonn.com or contact Chad Holsinger, VP Sales & Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-893-1048, ext 307.
u-blox is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, cards, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u-blox employs 180 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (www.u-blox.com)