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User-defined location notifications

The ZOLEO has user-defined location notifications, which transmit location information to those around you via SMS and/or email. The notification interval can range from “always on” to 60 minute intervals. It can also be configured manually. The recipient of your message receives an accurate location that opens in the device’s default mapping application.

Standard messaging has a character limit. When sending with the connected ZOLEO app, it automatically stops typing characters when the user reaches the message limit. If the message passes from one ZOLEO application to another, the size of the message is much larger. The benefit of using this system is huge if the users are hunters or land travelers communicating rendezvous points. However, I don’t share where the fish are biting, or even which flies are working for that matter. I would share with others if my waders decide to go swimming and I’m still in it.

The ZOLEO device is IP68, and it can withstand heavy bathing and abuse. Since it’s a satellite device, it’s beneficial to keep it uncovered and unrestricted, so the case needs to be able to take a beating. As an end user, your main concern should be your cell phone, which is usually not that rugged.

The good news is that the ZOLEO device can function as a standalone communicator. If the phone breaks down, there’s a recessed button for recordings and a covered button for an SOS.

The app comes with a built-in weather app. Getting a 4-day weather report on an app when there’s no Wi-Fi is a bonus.

Even before setting up the ZOLEO device, you are prompted to enter two SOS contacts. These contacts are immediately notified via the GEOS system, if the SOS is activated. GEOS, and the connected IERCC (International Emergency Response Coordination Center) is a kind of 911 for satellite users. They coordinate rescues worldwide and are staffed 24/7. This is the important feature of ZOLEO and the reason why I choose this product over the satellite devices I have used before. ZOLEO features, which come with every subscription, keep SOS contacts and the rescued person in the loop throughout the rescue process.

For those wishing to test the SOS before going for a walk, you can fill out a form and make prior arrangements with the IERCC. With the ZOLEO, I’ve never found this necessary, as I can always text my friends and ask, “How do I copy, done?”

In the settings, you can connect the app with contacts in case you want to surprise your friend with: “I’m hiking in the jungles of Borneo. Would you like to meet us for a coffee? »

It took me a few tries to send my location in a message. If I had read the tutorials, I would have realized that all I had to do was click on the map location icon in the message dialog. It sends a LAT/LON message to the recipient. At the other end, the linked message asks which mapping application should be used to open the message, i.e. Apple Maps or Google Maps.