Here at TopSpeed, we give you the rundown on some pretty expensive equipment. Whether it is a Ferrari, Maserati, Ford or Fiat, all these things cost money. We know caring for that new rig can be nerve-racking with all the rogue shopping carts and distracted drivers looming inches away – not to mention the jealous thieves who’d love to help themselves to your new 911.

That’s why our eyes popped wide when we saw the latest product from Globalstar, Inc.: the SPOT Trace. It’s a GPS-based tracking device wrapped in a small but tough box designed to be hidden within anything valuable, like a car, ATV, motorcycle or boat.

The SPOT Trace uses GPS signals to monitor any movement, even down to vibrations, of whatever the device is secured to. Any movement can be automatically sent to a cell phone, via email or text message, to alert of possible theft. The SPOT Trace also has a dock mode for monitoring boats moored in harbor.

Users can set their preferences to receive updates in 2.5, 5, 10, 30, or 60-minute intervals. They can also view their asset’s location 24/7 in real time on Google Maps. Even if the thief tries to flee internationally, the GPS tracker will follow the SPOT Trace almost anywhere in the world. And with an 18-month battery life, the thief’s chances of keeping his loot are dramatically slim.

Perhaps the SPOT Trace’s best feature is its affordability. The unit itself only runs $99 and the yearly GPS subscription costs the same. A hundred bucks seems like a real bargain for some peace of mind knowing that your $100,000 Porsche or $1.5 million yacht is right where you parked it.

Click past the jump to read the press release about the SPOT Trace GPS tracker


Press Release

COVINGTON, La., Nov. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SPOT LLC, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (OTCQB:GSAT) and leader in
satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today
announced the launch of the new SPOT Trace(TM) - the ultimate
anti-theft asset tracking device. SPOT Trace ensures cars, motorcycles,
boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are where they need
to be, notifying owners via email or text when movement is detected
anytime, anywhere. SPOT’s growing family of products uses 100%
satellite technology to provide location-based messaging and emergency
notification for on or off the grid communications.
"SPOT Trace is a cost effective tracking product that will give loyal
SPOT users and new users across the globe assurance that their personal
assets are safe," said Jay Monroe, CEO and Chairman of Globalstar.
"SPOT Trace is the latest advancement in our commitment to build
products that reach an audience beyond the traditional mobile satellite
service user that are relevant to millions of people globally."

Gadget Spotlight: SPOT Trace GPS Tracker
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SPOT Trace users can view their boat, ATV, motorcycle or other asset’s
GPS coordinates online 24 hours a day in near real-time through Google
Maps(TM). With multiple mounting options, SPOT Trace is small and
durable enough to be placed practically anywhere. With up to 18 months
of battery life, affordable rate plans and satellite coverage that goes
beyond the reach of cellular coverage, there is no comparable product
on the market to track anything, anytime, anywhere. Some other SPOT
Trace features include:

— Tracking. View your asset’s GPS coordinates from your smartphone or
— Movement Alerts. Receive texts/emails when SPOT’s vibration sensor
detects your asset has new movement
— Dock Mode. Configure your device to track an asset that is primarily
stored on the water
— Power Off Message. Receive a notification if your device is powered off
— Low Battery Message. Receive a notification when the device’s batteries
are low
— Status Message. Receive a once per day alert to let you know your asset
is secure

SPOT Trace also features customizable tracking, which allows users to
track an asset’s GPS coordinates at 2 1/2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minute
intervals. The units will sell starting at $99.95, with service plans
from $99.99/year.

SPOT Trace Specifications:

  • HEIGHT: 2.02 in (5.13 cm)
  • WIDTH: 2.69 in (6.83 cm)
  • THICKNESS: .95 in (2.14 cm)
  • WEIGHT: 3.1 oz (87.9 g)
  • OPERATING TEMP: -22 F to 140 F (-30 C to 60 C)
  • OPERATING ALTITUDE: -328 ft to 21,320 ft (-100 m to 6,500 m)
  • HUMIDITY RATED: MIL-STD-810F, Method 507.3, 95% to 100% cond.
  • WATERPROOF RATED: IPX7 (1 m for up to 30 minutes)


  • (4) AAA Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92) - installed
  • (4) AAA Energizer(R) NiMH rechargeable batteries (NH12) — sold separately
  • Line power with a 5v USB connection (NOT waterproof) — included
  • Waterproof line power with a custom USB cable — sold separately

SPOT Trace is the third new product announcement from the popular SPOT
line this year. SPOT Global Phone and SPOT Gen3(TM) were added to the
SPOT family this summer. To date, over 2,500 rescues have been
initiated by the SPOT brand of products.

SPOT Trace will be available at outdoor retail outlets such as West
Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, REI, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Best Buy
and online at


SPOT satellite coverage works around the world, including the
continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Northern
and Central Africa, portions of South America and North-Eastern Asia as
well as thousands of miles offshore of these areas.


SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable
satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT
voice devices use the Globalstar network to transmit two-way
communication. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite
network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS
coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing
customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular
coverage, having initiated over 2,400 rescues worldwide. For more
information, visit

Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the
products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot
Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly,
Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of SPOT LLC. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.

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