HOW SPOT WORKS
SPOT is a Satellite Personal Messenger. It has a built in GPS receiver and provides five operational functions
The"SOS" button is used to send an alert message to the International Emergency Rescue Co-ordination Centre (IERCC) in the USA, where the international database of SPOT registrations is retained. IERCC qualify the event and, if an emergency response is required, they forward it to the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre in Wellington. The identification of your unit and its exact location is provided by the GPS data sent with the SOS message. Your personal details and two emergency contact telephone numbers are recorded when you first register your unit.
The"OK" button is used to generate an "I'm OK and this is where I am" message to your own managed list of email recipients. It will also generate a text message to a mobile alerting the user to an "OK" message from SPOT.
The email sent to recipients of this message contains a Google Maps link which can be clicked on to display SPOT's exact location and status. The text message displays the "OK" status and the GPS coordinates generated. To guarantee receipt, "OK" messages are sent three times within 20 minutes. Only one of these three messages is processed by the network.
The"HELP" button can be used for those occasions when the user needs assistance but, as it isn't life or death, there is no requirement to call out Search and Rescue. It could be that you are out of petrol and just require assistance. "HELP" also generates email and text messages to recipients with a Google Maps link which can be clicked on to display SPOT's exact location and status. The text message displays the "HELP" status and the GPS coordinates generated. "HELP" messages are sent once every 5 minutes for an hour. A spare function button is provided for users to generate a Custom message to their own list of recipients providing the user with additional functionality.
This operates in exactly the same way as the OK function as three messages are generated within 20 minutes only one of which is delivered to up to 10 email or text addresses.