The Deep Blue Sea: Technology in the Service of Safety
By Josh Simons on Jul 28, 2008
My friends Jamie and Lori left Sunday on their annual month-long sailing trip from Boston to the Canadian maritime provinces. As usual, the trip begins with an open ocean sail across the Gulf of Maine directly from Boston to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.
This year they are carrying a Spot satellite messenger on board. This neat little device can report its location every ten minutes, allowing others to track their progress over the course of the trip. It can also transmit a 911 emergency message, if needed. It is quite a nifty device and surprisingly inexpensive given its capabilities. Jim Gray should have had one of these on his boat last year when he went missing. Of course, boating is only one application--I can imagine this would be useful in any number of situations in which people may need to be rescued.
Here is a screenshot I took this morning of their progress towards Nova Scotia:
You can also view the live interface here.