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Navigation Update with Garmin inReach SE+

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Last year, Garmin raised eyebrows when it announced it was purchasing DeLorme, a company best known for making devices that allow explorers to stay in contact in the world’s wildest places. There was a lot of speculation as to what this purchase meant.

Well, now we know. Garmin has released its first inReach products, the SE+ and Explorer+. These are handheld GPS devices that use the Iridium satellite network to send SMS-type messaging in any part of the world. You can send and receive text messages to any mobile phone number, email address, or another inReach device. Both devices include an SOS button which triggers an emergency response from GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring centre. After the SOS is received, you can communicate back and forth with GEOS about the nature of the emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way.

Both the inReach SE+ (£400) and inReach Explorer+ have a built-in GPS that provides basic navigation, location and tracking data, so you can follow routes, drop waypoints, and find your way back using an electronic trail. The inReach Explorer+ adds more navigation options like preloaded DeLorme topographic maps, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter, and accelerometer. Both are compatible with the MapShare web-based resource which shares your trip data, such as tracks and waypoint updates, so friends and family can follow your progress and exchange messages.

With a compatible smartphone, the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ can also sync with the Earthmate app for map access, satellite imagery and weather updates. Every inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered portal where you can plan trips and waypoints, sync and manage your device, and store all your tracking data.

On a single charge these devices can get up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode, and up to 30 days in power saving mode. Rugged and designed to withstand the elements, they are impact resistant with an IPX7 water rating.

To access the Iridium network an active satellite subscription is required; you can opt for an annual contract package or a flexible month-to-month airtime plan.

28 March 2017 by GarminUK

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