UK Forestry Commission
In February 2016, Global Telesat Communications (GTC), a leading value added reseller of Mobile Satellite Solutions (MSS) announced that the Forestry Commission in England and Scotland chose to deploy Globalstar's SPOT Gen3 messengers under a new sales and support contract with GTC. With the deployment of the new SPOT Gen3 devices, the Forestry Commission improved the safety of its staff when working in areas with unreliable mobile phone and radio communications.
The Forestry Commission chose SPOT because of its small size and ease-of-use as well as its long battery life and affordability. The Commission intends to deploy approximately 550 units between 2016 and 2017.
"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."