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Chief Information Office

Satellite Messenger Hits the SPOT

Establishing communication from the field is important for the safety of Forest Service employees. There are times and places when cell phones, satellite phones, and Forest Service radios do not work. The SPOT Satellite Messenger, a small, durable, satellite-based personal messenger and GPS tracking device, can be used to send emergency messages and GPS coordinates, even under a forest canopy. The report "Evaluation of the SPOT Satellite Manager" (0825-2842-MTDC) gives a detailed account of tests performed using this device.

Photo of a SPOT GPS tracking device.

For additional information on the SPOT Satellite Messenger, contact Andy Trent, project leader (phone: 406-329-3912, email: atrent@fs.fed.us).


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