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Thailand Marine Department To Deploy Several Thousand Globalstar SPOT Gen4 Satellite Trackers via Thaicom To Safeguard Island Visitors

By Eric Van Rees - 1st July 2022 - 09:03

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, and provider of in satellite messaging, IoT, and emergency notification technologies, announces that SPOT Gen4 satellite messengers will be deployed by Thailand Marine Department to provide safety and security for all travellers on and around the island of Phuket.

Phuket and surrounding islands typically welcome 20,000 visitors daily. As part of a major government programme to revitalise tourism, it is envisaged that several thousand SPOT Gen4 units will be deployed. A pilot deployment is already underway.

The SPOT Gen4 devices are at the heart of the solution provided by Ship Expert Technology, a leading Globalstar Value Added Reseller partner dedicated to the maritime sector.

Description automatically generatedThe Thailand Marine Department is committed to help accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry which is so crucial to the country’s economy.

Phuket has recently been opened for vaccinated Thai and foreign travellers, with no need for quarantine. This development is expected to give Thai tourism a much-anticipated boost. Tourism has suffered from the impact of Covid-19 but also from high-profile criminal incidents whose victims included foreign tourists.

A further major benefit of the SPOT Gen4s is they will help authorities and first responders improve the speed and effectiveness of emergency rescue operations if a vessel capsizes or sinks, or if a passenger has a medical emergency.

This project is the first milestone in a major new partnership between Globalstar and Thaicom Public Company Limited (SET Thailand: THCOM), Asia’s largest independent satellite operator.

“Globalstar is the ideal partner for Thaicom,” commented Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Thaicom’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Today, government and industry are coming together in Thailand to deliver on our common objective to support the tourism industry, so fundamental to our economy, and our shared commitment to enhance communications capability in our region through advanced satellite communications.”

“Our collaboration with Globalstar will be a major driver on the roadmap to revitalise tourism, and also to develop new communications solutions which will benefit businesses and communities,” Nile added.

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