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DeLorme, SPOT collaboration wins Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN

YARMOUTH, Maine — The new DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator received the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award during a special ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Hearst Publishing corporate headquarters in New York City, according to a press release.

Combining global positioning and satellite communications technologies, this pairing is the first handheld GPS navigation system capable of keeping users connected with family, friends and, if necessary, emergency coordination services from remote locations around the world.

Popular Mechanics chose 10 products and innovators in science and technology that they believe moved society forward in 2010. In explaining their selection, Popular Mechanics editors described the PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator as “a valuable tool on any trip that extends well outside of cell phone range. It not only provides detailed topographical maps and GPS guidance in the backcountry, it also lets explorers send SOS messages with embedded coordinates via satellite if they’re in trouble — or Facebook updates if they’re not.”

A special interface on the PN-60w connects it wirelessly with the SPOT Satellite Communicator (engineered to work exclusively with the PN-60w). Custom Type & Send text messages are created on the PN-60w’s internal keyboard, and sent via the SPOT Satellite Communicator to email addresses, cell phones, and or the user’s Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, family and friends can track the user’s progress via Google online maps.

“This has been an ambitious project requiring a great deal of engineering expertise from both DeLorme and Spot LLC,” said Caleb Mason, DeLorme Vice President. “The end result is a new way for those who venture into the wilderness around the globe to navigate their adventures and also stay in touch with those they’re close with.”

Katie Schoeben, Global Marketing Director for Spot LLC said “It’s an honor to be recognized as innovators in technology by such a prestigious magazine as Popular Mechanics. We are proud to partner with DeLorme on the PN-60w and SPOT Satellite Communicator providing consumers handheld GPS technology with satellite messaging capabilities for the very first time.”

The other companies being recognized with Innovation Awards are Bosch, Chevrolet, GoPoint Technologies, Nissan, Qualcomm, Sony, Sprint, Stihl, and Trane. The Award winners will be highlighted in the November issue of Popular Mechanics, on newsstands Oct. 12, with winner profiles currently online at www.popularmechanics.com/breakthrough10.

The Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator is now widely available for purchase at retail stores and online, from major sporting goods and electronics resellers. SPOT communication and tracking services are activated via low-cost subscriptions at www.findmeSPOT.com

For more information, visit www.delorme.com.

DeLorme, based in Yarmouth, is a longtime leader in innovative mapping and GPS solutions for both consumer and professional markets.

The SPOT product family uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer’s location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service call center.

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