Garmin launches inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+: First Garmin gps with Satellite Communication Technology:
The new Garmin gps inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ are the first Garmin devices with inReach satellite communication technology, acquired through the purchase of DeLorme in early 2016. Both have Pole to Pole global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way messaging and SOS alerting anywhere in the world.
The new models include a built-in GPS for location tracking and basic navigation, while the inReach Explorer+ adds preloaded TOPO maps, compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer Prices will be 450€/500€ in Europe (VAT inc.)
NEW! GARMIN GPS IN REACH SE+ 450€ / GARMIN GPS IN REACH EXPLORER+ 500€
The new Garmin GPS inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ were announced at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a new connectivity approach on top of the traditional gps features well know by other garmin outdoor gps.
Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ can send and receive text messages with any cell phone number, email address or another inReach device, so users can be outside of cellular range without compromising their loved ones’ peace of mind.
Both devices have an interactive SOS, which triggers an emergency response from GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. After the SOS is received, inReach users are then able to communicate back and forth with GEOS about the nature of the emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way. Users can also set up emergency contacts on their devices that will also be notified in the event of an SOS.
Classic GPS features: Both the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ have a built-in high-sensitivity GPS that provides basic navigation, location and tracking data, so users can follow routes, drop waypoints and find their way back using an electronic bread crumb trail.
New Delorme add-ons: The inReach Explorer+ adds more robust navigation options like preloaded DeLorme topographic maps, built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Similar to previous DeLorme devices, the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ are compatible with the web-based MapShare portal. With MapShare, the inReach device sends the user’s trip data, such as tracks and waypoint updates at preselected intervals, so friends and family can follow user’s whereabouts, request a location update and exchange messages.
“Satellite communication is something our customers have been asking for, and we’re pleased to introduce the first Garmin inReach devices following our acquisition of DeLorme last year. Beneficial for both customers in the field and family at home, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ provide peace of mind in addition to great functionality for people who want to explore anywhere and communicate everywhere.” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.
Smartphone app Earthmate: With a compatible smartphone, the inReach SE+ and Exporer+ can sync with the free Earthmate app for even more compatibility and convenience. With the Earthmate® app, users can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery, U.S. NOAA charts and USGS Quad Sheets. More data, like game management units and parcel information for hunters, is available for purchase. Users can also get optional weather updates and premium weather packages directly to the handheld and the Earthmate app. Additionally, every inReach device comes with free access to a cloudpowered portal so users can plan trips and waypoints, sync and manage their device, store all their tracking data and more.
Battery up to 100h tracking: On a single charge, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ 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, these devices are impact resistant and have an IPX7 water rating.
Extra Iridium access cost: To access the Iridium network and communicate with an inReach SE+ or Explorer+, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on usage level, users can opt for an annual contract package or a flexible month-to-month airtime plan, which allows them to pay for service only when they need it. In the USA the annual plans range from $11.95 to $79.95 per month (plus activation fee), and month-to-month plans range from $14.95 to $99.95 per month.
Prices for USA and Europe: The inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ will be available in the first quarter of 2017. The inReach SE+ (see below in yellow) will have a suggested retail price of $399.99 in the USA and 450€ in Europe, vs the inReach Explorer+ which will have a suggested retail price of $449.99 in USA and 500€ in Europe. (see below in red) The main difference between them is the altimeter-barometer extra function available at the second, which allows for more precise and consistent data meauserement that when relyig on gps altimeter alone.
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