SPOT, purveyors of emergency satellite trackers, has announced the SPOT Trace GPS tracker, billed as “the ultimate anti-theft asset tracking device.” Unlike the Garmin GTU 10, the SPOT uses Globalstar satellite technology to relay position information, which can then be accessed by the user via the Internet. Text and email alerts can be set up to notify you of movement.
The SPOT Trace battery life is rated at up to 18 months. The suggested retail price is $99.95 with service plans starting at $99.99 per year. Measuring only 2.69″ x 2.02″ x 0.95″, the SPOT Trace is IPX7 rated for waterproofness and has an operating temperature range of -22F to 140F. It is powered by a 4 AAA lithium batteries (included).
My understanding is that SPOT/Globalstar units have more difficulty tracking moving objects, perhaps due to the smaller satellite constellation when compared to the Iridium network which powers the DeLorme inReach SE. Still, assuming the asset goes stationary at some point, this should be a good tracking solution, and one offering an advantage over units like the Garmin GTU 10, which requires a cellular connection to report its location.