Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Richmond, BC, Canada.
a little bit of history...Although SPOT is coming into the forefront recently I was aware of its predecessor prototype and affiliated company back in 1991. At that time Orbcomm was scrambling to get their satellites in the air. I think the biggest issue that all of us faced back then was type approval/certification, end cost to consumer, and responder protocols to be in place. This was also the case for GPS, the main issue being cost to consumer. In the case of beacons and Person Alerting Systems (PAS my achronym) it may be a case of "May the best man win" as far as these systems are concerned.
None of these products currently deal with the bigger issue which is the unconscious victim. This is where my interest lies for future technological developements. We already have the telemetry capababilties available to us to consider this a reality.
Post has been edited to reflect my message more understandably. I was up a little too late last night.