This week DeLorme, a producer of market-leading GPS, digital map, and mapping software solutions, announced that it was named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its newest product: the inReach™ Satellite Communicator. CES is one of the biggest technical conferences in the world, and to be recognized in this way is an indicator of true innovation.
The inReach offers affordable two-way satellite messaging and emergency communications from anywhere in the world through the Iridium network. In short, this means you can stay connected even in the most remote locations.
Of course, most carriers have coverage almost everywhere; but if your business operates in extremely remote locations, or you need to know that you are connected at all times no matter what, this affordable new satellite tech might be just the addition that your digital tool kit needs.
At $249, inReach can serve as a standalone device which sends pre-programmed messages or emergency alerts using the device’s push-button interface. It’s also able to confirm that the message has been delivered. Remote tracking is opt-in, so you can track the device or disable the feature if you do not wish to be tracked. When paired with an Android smartphone or DeLorme’s Earthmate GPS, the inReach enables two-way messaging and interactive SOS functionality even when there is not a cell phone tower for a hundred miles around. Retail availability is expected near the end of the month.
“We are thrilled to receive such a prestigious accolade among our industry,” said Jim Skillings, DeLorme Vice President for Commercial Products. “inReach represents a game changer in the outdoor communication market and dramatically expands what’s possible for recreation and professional endeavors in remote or high risk environments.”