NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power, high-performance A-GPS solutions for GPS and location-based service products, announces that its NX2 system has been chosen as the GPS solution for the SPOT(TM) Satellite Messenger, the world’s first satellite messenger.
Now shipping in the United States with availability in Europe expected in early 2008, the SPOT Messenger is a revolutionary satellite-based emergency messenger and personal tracker that, for the first time, gives consumers a vital line of communication, independent of cellular or wireless coverage, from virtually anywhere on the planet. The SPOT messenger uses the GPS satellite network to accurately determine a customer’s location and transmit information via the SPOT network to friends, family or an emergency service centre. SPOT has been developed for SPOT Inc. – a subsidiary of satellite voice and data service provider Globalstar (NASDAQ: GSAT) – by Axonn LLC, the exclusive provider of hardware for the Globalstar Simplex Data Network.
The newly developed SPOT Messenger combines Axonn’s proficiency in the development of advanced wireless technology hardware for tracking and monitoring remote assets, with NemeriX’s ultra low power GPS technology and positioning expertise.
GPS signals are processed by the NemeriX system within the 239 g (7.37 ounce) SPOT Messenger, which takes AA size lithium batteries and, when powered on, has a standby battery life of approximately 12 months. NemeriX’s NX2 baseband processor, designed for C/A code L1 GPS low power applications, acts as a flexible GPS enabled micro-controller, with a highly integrated, low noise RF front-end receiver.
Axonn CEO Dave Biggs explains: “NemeriX’s ultra low power and highly reliable, high precision location determination technology was crucial to our ability to produce an affordable, personal safety device that can be used outside the coverage areas of cellular phones.”
Lew Boore, VP of Marketing for NemeriX comments: “This is a truly exciting and extremely valuable application and validates NemeriX’s position as the premier provider of low-cost, high performance GPS solutions. We are delighted that Axonn chose our GPS positioning technology to work alongside their communications expertise to deliver the world’s first satellite messenger.”
SPOT’s functionality, light weight, and affordability makes it ideal for the growing market of outdoor enthusiasts, specifically when they are backpacking, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, ice and rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or participating in recreational maritime activities.
SPOT message and tracking functions enable users to send messages to friends, family or emergency responders, based on varying levels of need and to visually track the location of the SPOT satellite messenger:
- Alert 9-1-1 signals an emergency response center to dispatch emergency responders to an exact location
- Ask for Help sends a request for help to friends and family
- Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are OK
- Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows your selected contacts to track your progress using Google Maps and www.findmespot.com with password-protected security
Founded in April 2002, NemeriX S.A. (Manno, Switzerland) is a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power GPS and LBS integrated circuits, software and firmware for GPS and wireless applications. With the release of NX4, NemeriX has four generations of low-power, high performance, stand-alone, hosted, A-GPS experience. NemeriX’s devices enable battery powered location determination anywhere, anytime, facilitating the design and manufacture of truly differentiated products and an enhanced consumer experience. NemeriX’s investors include Atila Ventures, Auriga Partners, Cadence, Oak Investment Partners, PolyTechnos Venture-Partners, and Vi Venture Incubator.
Headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, Axonn has been committed to the research, development and commercialization of satellite and radio frequency-based hardware for the tracking and monitoring of fixed and mobile remote assets since 1985. As the leading provider of patented asset tracking hardware for Globalstar’s Simplex service, there are currently over 150,000 Axonn satellite based products in operation used worldwide by industrial, commercial and government customers. Currently available through more than 50 value added resellers (VARs). Based on strong working relationships, product integrators and data service providers integrate Axonn’s hardware into their customized global asset tracking and management solutions to enable the cost-effective replacement of wire and cable in industrial, commercial and residential applications worldwide and has brought connectivity to previously inaccessible data.
About SPOT Satellite Messenger
The world’s first satellite messenger uses the GPS satellite network to determine a customer’s location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. SPOT Inc., a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas.
The SPOT Satellite Messenger provides consumers with the ability to send for emergency assistance in time of need; notify employers, friends or family of their status; and allows them to visually track the messenger’s location and progress on a computer using Google Maps(TM) and the SPOT website. SPOT uses convenient, easy-to-replace AA size lithium batteries for complete portability and when powered on, has a standby battery life of approximately 12 months. SPOT floats and its rugged waterproof construction is engineered to withstand a wide variety of extreme environmental shock and temperature conditions.
The National Association for Search and Rescue estimates more than 50,000 search and rescue missions are initiated each year in the United States alone. Many of these missions are undertaken without search and rescue knowing the exact location of the missing party. SPOT removes this unknown by providing very accurate GPS location coordinates.
SPOT can also be used for commercial lone worker safety applications, for those businesses with employees operating in remote areas outside the range of cellular and other wireless communications. It is also a valuable safety tool for any person who drives their automobile outside of cellular coverage or for emergency messaging during natural disasters such as hurricanes or other situations when cellular or land-based communications may be damaged or unavailable.