Garmin InReach Explorer
DeLormes InReach has been a popular navigation tool and tracker and is now owned by Garmin. InReach uses Iridium satellites to fix positions beyond phone service.
What this gadget does is to provide you and your friends a breadcrumb track of any voyage you embark on. It also lets you send text messages.
While this is not a EPIRB or a PLB InReach does have an emergency feature. The emergency feature does not contact the Coast Guard, but it will get you in contact with someone who you have setup as an emergency contact.
With inReach satellite technology from Garmin, you can send and receive messages, track and share your journey and — if necessary — trigger an SOS to get emergency help from the 24/7 global monitoring center
Global 2-way communication
Send and receive text messages or emails from anywhere in the world and receive a delivery confirmation
Professional SOS monitoring
In case of emergency, trigger an interactive SOS message to GEOS – a professional 24/7 global monitoring center—communicate the nature of your emergency and have the peace of mind that help is on the way
Tracking and sharing
Plan and track your trip, share your location, and let others ping your device or follow your journey via MapShare
100% global coverage
Iridium is the world’s furthest reaching satellite network that provides 100 percent global coverage with no fringe zones or blackout areas
The included Earthmate® app lets you pair your inReach with your smartphone and tablet for ultra-convenient messaging, planning and map viewing
Get weather forecasts directly on your device so you can make educated decisions. Choose from 3 levels: basic, premium non-marine and premium marine.
In Case of Emergency, inReach Delivers
Encounter an at-risk situation in a remote location or offshore, and inReach quickly becomes the most valuable tool in your survival kit. It provides global, interactive SOS capabilities — and that means you’re able to trigger a distress signal, receive delivery confirmation that help is on the way and maintain a 2-way text conversation with the GEOS emergency monitoring center. GEOS is standing by 24/7 to assist with your emergency, track your location and notify the most appropriate emergency response for your unique situation. Whenever, wherever — the GEOS team will stay in communication with you until your situation is resolved.
For more on what the InReach explorer can do for you read Ben Ellison article @ Panbo garmin inreach explorer