- Thailand Marine Department is deploying SPOT Gen4 satellite messengers to safeguard travellers on and around the island of Phuket, which typically attracts over 20,000 visitors daily
- First major milestone in new partnership agreement between Globalstar and Thaicom Public Company Limited (SET Thailand: THCOM), Asia’s largest independent satellite operator
- Ship Expert Technology’s solution built around SPOT Gen4 was chosen over competitive propositions: Globalstar’s satellite coverage and economical price were influencing factors
- To date, SPOT devices are credited with over 8,500 rescues worldwide
DUBLIN, IRELAND – 30 June, 2022 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), and a leader in satellite messaging, IoT, and emergency notification technologies, announces that SPOT Gen4 satellite messengers will be deployed by Thailand Marine Department to provide safety and security for all travellers on and around the island of Phuket.
Phuket and surrounding islands typically welcome 20,000 visitors daily. As part of a major government programme to revitalise tourism, it is envisaged that several thousand SPOT Gen4 units will be deployed. A pilot deployment is already underway.
The SPOT Gen4 devices are at the heart of the solution provided by Ship Expert Technology, a leading Globalstar Value Added Reseller partner dedicated to the maritime sector.
The Thailand Marine Department is committed to help accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry which is so crucial to the country’s economy.
Phuket has recently been opened for vaccinated Thai and foreign travellers, with no need for quarantine. This development is expected to give Thai tourism a much-anticipated boost. Tourism has suffered from the impact of Covid-19 but also from high-profile criminal incidents whose victims included foreign tourists.
A further major benefit of the SPOT Gen4s is they will help authorities and first responders improve the speed and effectiveness of emergency rescue operations if a vessel capsizes or sinks, or if a passenger has a medical emergency.
“Globalstar is the ideal partner for Thaicom,” commented Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Thaicom’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Today, government and industry are coming together in Thailand to deliver on our common objective to support the tourism industry, so fundamental to our economy, and our shared commitment to enhance communications capability in our region through advanced satellite communications.”
“Our collaboration with Globalstar will be a major driver on the roadmap to revitalise tourism, and also to develop new communications solutions which will benefit businesses and communities,” Nile added.
At the end of March, Thaicom and Globalstar inked an agreement which will see the two satellite operators collaborate to develop and operate ground station facilities at Thaicom’s Teleport Center in Pathumthani Province for Globalstar’s LEO satellite constellation. The infrastructure and services of the ground station will support Globalstar services in the region. The partners will commercialise safety and security services and solutions to support tourism as well as the region’s maritime industry.
Local government regulations have been introduced which mandate that all tourists in Phuket must carry a tracking device at all times, onshore or on water. Every tourist is to be registered and provided with a SPOT Gen4 by one of a pool of government-certified official tourist guides.
Phuket visitors are required to use their SPOT devices to check in with their guides on completion of any day trips or excursions, with SPOT service fees incorporated into the excursion package price.
SPOT Gen4 was chosen in recognition of the device’s ability to ensure always-on connectivity, regardless of the availability of other communications networks. Only satellite communications can provide reliable, 24/7 ubiquitous coverage.
As part of the selection process, a solutions evaluation tender process took place, involving numerous government agencies. Competing propositions involved satellite communications and other network technologies. SPOT’s coverage and economical price were influencing factors, according to Ship Expert Technology CEO Kirk Viaimal.
In an emergency, with the press of SPOT’s one-touch SOS button, an alert is instantly transmitted to Marine Services, the government authority responsible for maritime safety, along with the user’s GPS location coordinates. Depending on the incident, the Thailand Coastguard or local police authority is engaged and rescue operations are initiated.
SPOT Gen4 is the newest member of Globalstar’s award-winning SPOT device family, enabled by Globalstar’s satellite fleet in low-Earth-Orbit. SPOT features easy-to-use buttons that can be flexibly configured to send pre-programmed messages, with options for transmission types. To date, SPOT devices are credited with over 8,500 rescues worldwide.
One of the leading specialist satcom providers in the region, Ship Expert Technology offers a dedicated tracking platform with many features and options which meet the needs of marine users. Ship Expert Technology’s customer base extends beyond Thailand into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Viaimal said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Globalstar and Thaicom to help the Thailand Marine Department support the country’s travel sector.”
“We’re very proud to support the government of Thailand with its initiative to help keep visitors safe on Phuket and other islands,” said Mark O’Connell, General Manager, EMEA & APAC, Globalstar.
Thaicom is a leading Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite communications since 1991. A trusted partner of choice for many of the region’s leading broadcasters, telecom operators, enterprise and government customers. We offer end-to-end satellite solutions designed to help our customers grow their markets in the digital era. We are dedicated to building on our commitment to deliver transformative social and economic impact through space-air-ground-maritime enabled platforms and smart solutions for a better future. www.thaicom.net
About Ship Expert Technology Co., Ltd.
Ship Expert Technology Co., Ltd. has been awarded ‘Top Southeast Asia Marine Technology Company Start-up 2022’. We are committed to providing maritime communication and innovation solutions to this region and deliver on these key solutions to help drive the maritime industry forward. We foresee the industry as becoming modern and effective with the application of IT and digital solutions. www.shipexpert.net
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar pioneered personal safety by introducing its SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger in 2007. Today, leveraging its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, Globalstar reliably connects and protects assets, transmits key operational data, and saves lives – from any location – for consumers, industrial companies and government agencies in over 120 countries. With a portfolio that includes SPOT GPS messengers, next-generation IoT products and modules, and cloud-based telematics solutions, Globalstar’s cost effective satellite-powered innovations give users visibility and intelligence for improving safety and operational efficiencies. www.globalstar.com
Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia.
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