Just last week GPS technology experts Garmin launched the new inReach Messenger, a communication-focused device for remote adventures in the wild.
It’s essentially a no-fuss satellite communicator that provides messaging services and safety features when you’re outside of cellular coverage.
It works as a standalone messaging device or can be paired with an app for smartphones called Garmin Messenger. The latter uses Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite connectivity for two-way and group messaging when your phone has no service. Users can continue in-app conversations at home using their Wi-Fi or cellular connection without having to change settings.
You can also send regular location updates to your loved ones, including the ability to start and stop tracking for those who enjoy following you along your travels.
In the event of an emergency, the inReach Messenger and Messenger App can also send an SOS message to the 24/7 staffed Garmin International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). The IERCC can communicate with the inReach Messenger user in addition to notifying the applicable search and rescue organisation or other resources. The IERCC will deliver a confirmation that help is on the way and provide updates on the status of the response effort.
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The IERCC may also reach out to the user’s designated emergency contacts and will continue to monitor the incident until it is resolved. To trigger this response, there’s a handy SOS button on the device that does all the work for you. Pretty impressive stuff.