The DeLorme inReach is the first consumer-affordable, global two-way personal communicator. The inReach provides two-way text messaging, delivery confirmations, SOS alerting, remote GPS Follow-Me/Find-Me tracking and locating and an Android and Apple operating system device interface.
Law enforcement personnel can use the inReach in remote locations, such as deserts and mountainous areas. It is compact, lightweight, waterproof, floatable, and impact-resistant, and it can maintain satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments.
When the inReach SOS button is activated, it automatically dials the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) in Houston, Texas, providing a connection to a live support representative. GEOS receives emergency alerts and notifies Search and Rescue (SAR) authorities via a global, 24/7/365 service. The IERCC has translation capabilities for up to 200 languages.
Where the market used to settle for just one-way SOS alerting, customers now can maintain contact with the GEOS during their emergency for reassurance that help is on the way. In addition, the global two-way satellite communications link overcomes the limitations of one-way alerting devices, such as EPIRBs and PLBs, which have a very high incidence of false alert transmissions due to accidental triggering. The SOS key on the inReach device is protected by a "safety" to prevent false alarms. All of the inReach SOS features are aimed at producing better outcomes and more efficient law enforcement and search-and-rescue operations, eliminating the problem of false alarms unnecessarily deploying lifesaving assets.
With the inReach two-way service, law enforcement authorities can communicate with each other and other emergency personnel to ascertain the nature of emergency situations so they can respond with the appropriate resources and an ongoing dialog can be maintained for mutual status updates.
In addition, the inReach provides a real-time position tag of the user at all times and the device can be pinged for location updates. Any SOS message, whether relayed from a standalone or an inReach device paired with a smartphone, will automatically activate remote tracking. This allows users to be located, whether they're stationary or on the move.