Forestry Commission deploying Globalstar's SPOT satellite messengers for lone worker safety
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:
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The Forestry Commission in England and Scotland is deploying Globalstar's SPOT Gen3 messengers to improve the safety of its staff when working in areas with unreliable mobile phone and radio communications.

Lone workers can press a single button on the SPOT Gen3 device to alert emergency services through the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). The SPOT Gen3 uses Globalstars satellite network for communications.

The SPOT Gen3s tracking feature can also help locate forestry staff if there is an incident meaning they are unable to press the emergency button. It can also be pre-configured to send location data to a central co-ordinator every two-and-a-half, five, 10, 30 or 60 minutes providing the device is moving.

According to SPOT, a subsidiary of Globalstar, the Forestry Commission chose the SPOT Gen3 because of its small size, ease-of-use, long battery life and affordability. The Forestry Commission has already deployed the first 200 units nationwide with the intention of deploying approximately 550 SPOT Gen3s over the next 12 months, says SPOT.

"In an emergency situation, particularly if a person is in danger of going into shock, having a device that is quick and easy to use is paramount. We wanted something small enough to fit in a pocket, yet able to provide a lifeline in critical situations," said a spokesperson for the Forestry Commission. Many members of our team work in the most remote parts of the UK which are unreachable by radio and mobile phones. With the SPOT Gen3, they have a satellite-based device that brings peace of mind.


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