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Streamlined Vessel Tracking Interface Launched

GOST Specter allows geo-fence control and alerts, remote arm/disarm functionality, and real-time GPS tracking of a vessel anywhere in the world.

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GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), manufacturer of marine security, tracking, monitoring, and video surveillance systems specializing in bluewater yachts, announced its next generation tracking system — the GOST Specter.

The Specter interface is streamlined and more user-friendly, according to the company, and allows geo-fence control and alerts, remote arm/disarm functionality, as well as real-time GPS tracking of a vessel anywhere in the world.

Incorporating Inmarsat's new constellation of satellites, the new interface offers users "almost real-time" satellite control. Specter retains a 90-day tracking history and text/email alerts. It is also capable of monitoring multiple vessels for fleet management.

Created specifically for private tracking and alerting of events, the GOST IDP Series vessel tracking and monitoring devices also allows family and friends to provide support if a boat is in peril or notify maritime authorities if there is a deviation from the float plan.

"The latest generation of Inmarsat satellite technology provides vastly improved communication speeds," said Jay Keenan, president/CEO, GOST. "Our new IDP antennas are designed to take full advantage of this powerful functionality.

Specter allows boat owners to link to vessel data from a corresponding Nav-Tracker IDP device. Once users log in, Specter displays a global map with an icon showing location, which can be clicked to review expanded details. When a vessel is selected, the date and time of the last report received is displayed, which can be adjusted to the user's preference. It also shows the most recent latitude and longitude, boat speed, heading, status of whether security system is armed or disarmed, nearby points-of-interest, as well as antenna input voltage and signal strength. From this screen the vessel can be polled for its current location and the geo-fence or full system can be remotely armed/disarmed, depending on which version of the IDP GOST system is installed. An armed system will provide immediate notification of any movement or, for users with a full security system, an audible alarm if triggered. Tracking history can also be displayed on a map, which is embedded in the interface. Users can customize their screen, to overlay satellite imagery or set it to Night Mode for easy viewing.

Specter is a free app, and while pricing for GOST systems range based on options and install costs, the retail price is $1,299 for the basic 1.0 tracking system; gost.com

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