InReach Explorer debuts

DeLorme has announced the upcoming launch of its newest product, inReach Explorer, incorporating a new range of navigation functions. The latest generation of inReach will be available in stores in early May.

inReach-ExplorerIn addition to the messaging, tracking and SOS capabilities, users of the inReach Explorer can view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. A map view displays routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue.

The built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors ensure accuracy and provide heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics, according to company officials.

The company also recently announced the launch of Freedom subscription plans for all inReach products, allowing users to pay for satellite service only when they need it, on a monthly basis.

Using DeLorme’s Earthmate App, inReach Explorer pairs wirelessly with iOS and Android devices to access map data and make text messaging  more convenient. When paired with a mobile device, inReach owners get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app, even when beyond cellular coverage.

In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to communicate via text back and forth with responders at the international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring center, company officials noted.

inReach communicates over the Iridium satellite network, providing global two-way satellite connections, high network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60-second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas. inReach has the ability to maintain a satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments, such as in a steep canyon or under a heavy forest canopy, company officials said.

Suggested retail price for inReach Explorer is $379, with a choice of annual satellite subscriptions or no-contract Freedom plans with only a minimum 30-day commitment. Freedom Plans start at $14.95 per month for the safety service and go up to $99.95 per month for the highest service level.

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