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Satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tors, in­clud­ing Garmin’s in­reach and the Spot Gen3, al­low users to send pre-scripted mes­sages to their con­tacts, en­able friends and fam­ily to track ad­ven­ture from afar and, in the event of an emer­gency, sup­port com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Geos World­wide’s pri­vately op­er­ated In­ter­na­tional Emer­gency Re­sponse Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­ter. While both de­vices pro­vide a safety net, Garmin’s in­reach mod­els come packed with sig­nif­i­cantly more func­tion­al­ity, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to nav­i­gate (ei­ther in stand-alone mode or when paired with a wire­less de­vice) and to ac­cess three lev­els of weather fore­cast­ing. Garmin makes two in­reach mod­els — the in­reach SE+ and the in­reach Ex­plorer+, the dif­fer­ence be­ing that the SE+ fa­cil­i­tates ba­sic grid nav­i­ga­tion in stand-alone mode and the Ex­plorer+ al­lows users to nav­i­gate on-screen us­ing graph­i­cally rich car­tog­ra­phy. All these de­vices re­quire sub­scrip­tion ser­vices.

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