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SPORTS EVENTS TURN TO SPOT SATELLITE TRACKING TO SAFEGUARD PARTICIPANTS


Highlights:

  • The Absa Cape Epic made use of satellite tracking for the first time this year to great success
  • SPOT satellite tracking devices enhance the Venue Operation Centre (VOC) function through improved response time and out of range tracking capability
  • Other extreme and adventure race organisers have also turned to SPOT satellite tracking including the Freedom Challenge and Expedition Africa events


Cape Town, South Africa, April 10, 2018Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT) and its subsidiary Globalstar Satellite Africa, sole provider of SPOT in southern Africa, announced today that the Company provided all participants of this year’s Absa Cape Epic with SPOT Gen3® and SPOT Trace® satellite tracking devices to increase safety and visibility of all participants during the adventure bicycling event. The 8 day event, which took place on March 18 to March 25, 2018, took participants through a physically gruelling and mentally demanding mountain bike route to the out of cellular range areas of Robertson, Worcester, Wellington and Paarl. The race covered 658km of which over 70% was off the grid and beyond cellular range.

"Having a satellite solution on board has taken our safety management capability to the next level," said Glyn Broomberg, Head of Race Operations for the Absa Cape Epic. "The Ops team, based in the Venue Operations Centre and using the TEMS-Epic Command platform, were able to use the data supplied by the SPOT Gen3 and Trace units to accurately track riders, follow the progress at the front and back of the field and confirm the position of event support elements along the route."

With rider safety being paramount to the Absa Cape Epic, this year the organisation made the switch from GSM based terrestrial tracking solutions to SPOT satellite tracking solutions. "We’ve dabbled in tracking because we know how important it is for fans, family and friends who are following the race from all over the world," said Kevin Vermaak, Absa Cape Epic Founder. "This year was the first time we’ve used satellite tracking at the Absa Cape Epic, which proved to be a bulletproof solution for us owing to the unique South African environment and remote sections of the route. Our partnership with SPOT will ensure we continue to enhance and refine this technology in future events."

The SPOT Gen3 device provides S.O.S. functionality which allows race organisers to know where all their riders are on the route and dispatch help effectively when emergencies arise. Two S.O.S. activations occurred at this year’s race, one from the professional women’s rider for Team Meerendal CBC, Angelika Tazreiter, who was knocked off her bike by a rider from another team. The crash injured Tazreiter‘s shoulder and her S.O.S. button was activated allowing the nearest emergency service vehicle to reach her off the grid location in just 5 minutes.

Race Doctor, Dr Jann Killop of the Mediclinic was relieved to have SPOT on board this year. "It was really comforting to know that every medical asset was tracked, including myself, and that the athlete could push a button and we could absolutely and instantly dispatch the correct resource to the exact location," said Dr. Killop.

"Satellite tracking devices such as the SPOT Gen3 are playing an increasingly important role in sporting events in the region, particularly when routes take participants off the grid and beyond cellular range" said Deborah Fourie, Marketing Manager of Globalstar Satellite Africa. "Not only do the devices improve the experience for loved ones following at home but they increase the efficiency and reactiveness of the VOC and emergency services by providing precise locational information for response teams regardless of cellular range."

Globalstar Satellite Africa has committed to sponsoring the Absa Cape Epic for the next three years as the Official Tracking Partner.

The demand for SPOT satellite tracking devices is on the rise as many events realise the importance of equipping their participants with emergency messaging and tracking devices which function out of cellular range. Other events such as The Freedom Challenge and Expedition Africa are also using SPOT satellite tracking devices to safeguard their participants.

SPOT Gen3 retails for R2699 (excl. VAT) and SPOT Trace retails for R1799 (excl. VAT). Both require a service plan.

About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries such as government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring, SCADA and IoT applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages.

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.

For media information, please contact:
Deborah Fourie
Globalstar Satellite Africa
deborah.fourie@globalstar.com

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