Globalstar and Owaka safeguard 15,000 participants in record year for adventure and extreme sports events

July 18, 2023 at 8:30 AM EDT

Highlights: ·

  • Specialist tracking solutions provider Owaka has had a record-breaking year, with ever more organisers of sporting competitions and automotive rallies choosing reliable SPOT Gen4 GPS messengers and Globalstar satellites for participant tracking, communications and emergency support
  • Owaka’s highly functional video and data platform helps race officials, as well as friends, family and sponsors, keep track of athletes' progress
  • If a competitor faces an emergency, with a single button press, event operations teams are alerted, the user’s GPS coordinates instantly transmitted, and help rapidly dispatched to the correct location
  • SPOT devices have initiated over 9,500 rescues worldwide to date, enabled by Globalstar’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite system

Dublin, Ireland – July 18, 2023 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT) today announced that Owaka, a specialist Globalstar solutions partner, has had a record-breaking 12 months. Organisers of extreme sporting competitions, amateur cross-country events, and rallies for motoring enthusiasts increasingly chose tracking specialist Owaka to provide its proven all-in monitoring, communication and emergency support systems. In the 12 months to July 2023 Owaka systems have tracked and safeguarded over 15,000 event participants.

“Now post-Covid, the event business is really growing again,” shares Sophie Casters, Co-Founder and Co-Director at Owaka SARL (France). Owaka offers a full SaaS service for event organisers, acting as a one-stop shop for all the technology and emergency support systems event organisers require.

Owaka fully prepares and configures all participants’ and organizations’ SPOT devices. Furthermore, Owaka transforms event operations with its advanced Live Tracking platform. Designed to enhance logistical efficiency, safety, and overall race management, Owaka provides key support for the entire event organization team. “With real-time tracking capabilities, our platform empowers organizers to seamlessly oversee and coordinate all aspects of the race, ensuring a smooth and successful event,” says Casters.

At the heart of the system, latest generation SPOT Gen4 devices carried by all competitors ensure that organisers know the exact location of each contestant. With SPOT, enabled by Globalstar’s low-Earth Orbit satellite network, event officials and emergency support services can precisely track each participant’s location, via a user-friendly display of GPS positions in real-time via the Owaka Tracking platform. If a competitor gets into trouble, such as sustaining an injury or technical failure, with the single press of SPOT’s Help button, organisers are alerted. At the same time, the user’s GPS coordinates instantly transmitted to the event’s operations centre, so help is rapidly dispatched to the correct location.

The Owaka system managed over 3,000 alerts from participants who needed help in the last year. “It’s been a record year, with over 150 events,” Casters says.

“Participant safety is paramount, so we trust SPOT: “It's important that we are able to monitor the safety and well-being of all our participants, whose pursuits take them to rugged and remote areas where GSM mobile systems simply cannot be relied on,” says Casters. Owaka has never missed an alert, thanks to Globalstar’s ubiquitous reach, she reports.

User-friendly platform engages sponsors and spectators

Owaka’s highly functional video and data platform helps race officials, as well as friends, family and sponsors, keep track of the athletes' progress.

Supporters can follow the event live, see participants’ locations, daily speed and distance stats, with a host of functionalities that enable fans to enjoy minute by minute excitement. The ability to see live data transforms the spectating experience – virtual or in-person - and maximises potential engagement with the event’s wider community, fans and commercial partners. The superior experience enabled by the Owaka online platform delivers benefits including enhanced sponsorship and subscription opportunities.

Owaka supports a wide range of sporting and adventure events. For example, the Titan Desert race sees the world's toughest cyclists race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius).

Owaka also has numerous customers hosting long-distance Ultra-trail events, and bikepacking competitions such as BikingMan, with several events annually. Meanwhile Panda Raid, one of numerous car rally raids supported by Owaka, sees 350 FIAT Panda cars run in a multi-stage rally. In addition to events across Europe, the company supports many others in Africa, specifically Morocco and Tunisia, and South America.

“All events are different, and each has its individual needs. So we adapt our platform and the way we work to deliver bespoke solutions to our customers,” comments Casters.

“There are many benefits to working with Globalstar and SPOT,” she adds. “SPOT’s satellite tracking capability is of course key, but so is long battery life, which is particularly advantageous for long distance non-stop endurance events.”

“People's desires for travel, adventure and physical competition have led to a massive expansion in extreme sporting and adventure events,” commented Mark O’Connell, General Manager for Globalstar EMEA & APAC. “We are very proud to team up with Owaka to help participants stay connected and safe wherever their journeys take them.”

SPOT devices have initiated over 9,500 rescues worldwide to date, many life-saving.

About Owaka

Experience the ultimate in adventure event tracking with Owaka Live Tracking platform and devices. Owaka provides a comprehensive solution that allows organizers to track participants in real-time, manage alerts, get statistics, leaderboard and mobilize their teams. Owaka platform not only ensures safety but also promotes and communicates events to engage participants, families, and friends. In addition to Owaka Live Tracking, Owaka Adventure is the premier research platform for adventurers seeking their perfect thrill, including ultra-trails, bikepacking, trekking, rallies, raids, or motorcycle events. Owaka’s platform is designed to match each adventurer with the ideal adventure event that aligns with their interests and capabilities. l

About Globalstar, Inc.

Globalstar empowers its customers to connect, transmit and communicate in smarter ways — easily, quickly, securely, and affordably — offering reliable satellite and terrestrial connectivity services as an international telecom infrastructure provider. The company’s LEO satellite constellation assures a secure data transmission for connecting and protecting assets, transmitting key operational data, and saving lives — from any location — for consumers, businesses, and government agencies across the globe. Globalstar’s terrestrial spectrum, Band 53, offers carriers, cable companies, and system integrators a versatile, fully

licensed channel with a growing ecosystem to improve their customers’ wireless connectivity. In addition to SPOT GPS messengers, Globalstar offers next-generation IoT hardware and software products for efficiently tracking and monitoring assets, processing smart data at the edge, and managing analytics with cloud-based telematics solutions to drive safety, productivity, and profitability.


For media information:

Gavan Murphy

Director of Marketing, EMEA and APAC

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.

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Cynthia Ritchie

White Tiger Communications

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+44 20 4518 7555


Sophie Casters

CEO and Co-Founder

Owaka SARL

[email protected]