Features January 2013 Issue

Satcom Moves a Little Closer to Affordable

SPOT Connect and Cerberus impress in long-term sea trials.

A new generation of satellite phones is making it easier to stay connected. The latest Satcom devices not only provide the satellite tracking offered by the original SPOT device, but also offer communication via text and email messaging. The focus of this test series was pocket-sized, satellite-based communication for the cruising sailoródevices that provide one- or two-way communications and tracking via the Internet, and can also serve as a backup to conventional personal locator beacons. This report, the first in a series, focuses on the SPOT Connect and Briartekís Cerberus CerberLink devices.

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