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Africa’s Biggest Paragliding Event Chooses SPOT Gen3 Satellite Trackers to Safeguard More Than 100 Competitors

Satellite tracking, SOS button and geo-fencing to enhance flyer safety and make rescue operations
smoother during the Western Cape Open event

Western Cape, South Africa - November 25th, 2016 - SPOT the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced today that the organisers of this year’s the Gin South African Nationals, Paragliding race, the biggest paragliding event of it’s kind in Africa, have chosen to deploy SPOT Gen3 satellite trackers to enhance the safety of the 100+ race competitors.

The Gin South African Nationals, taking place from 11th – 17th of December 2016, sees paragliders fly over a 7 day period averaging 70km to 90km per day depending on weather conditions. The race stretches across the Cederberg Mountain Range, Winterhoek Mountain Range, Swartland Valley, Berg River Valley and Breede River Valley all the way to the border of the Northern Cape. Mobile communications in this remote terrain are limited, making satellite the only reliable way of communicating in this environment.

Each participant will have a small, robust SPOT Gen3 in their cockpit, allowing race organisers, emergency support teams, sponsors, family and friends to precisely track each pilot’s location online. Approximately 100 race personnel will carry a SPOT Gen3 device.

In the case of an emergency, a pilot can press the device’s SOS button to request help. The SPOT Gen3 transmits his or her location to the organising team, making it easy to dispatch the closest support within minutes.

Tracking specialist Airtribune, is providing the Gin South African Nationals with a customised online tracking solution. Airtribune’s mapping system makes it easy for anyone to locate the positions of individuals and track their progress.

If a contestant strays from the task route, Airtribunes’s software will alert race officials instantly. Nearby vehicles or the emergency helicopter can then be sent to locate the pilot, and check that the participant is OK.

“We chose to use SPOT Gen3 because it allows us to safely track all of our competitors and not have our route bound by GSM signal” said Eugene Claase, Official organiser of the Gin South African Nationals.

“This race gives the world’s best paragliders the ultimate challenge of flying across extreme landscapes and distances. SPOT Gen3 provides the reassurance that everyone involved will be safe and can be rescued quickly should the unexpected occur,” said Sean Priest, SPOT Africa Marketing Manager.

SPOT Gen3 retails for $179,99 (excl. VAT) and can be purchased from any recommended SPOT retailer


SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage, having initiated over 4,800 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit

Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of SPOT LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For media information, please contact:
Sean Priest
Marketing Manager - Africa

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