Jul 282012

The system offers three distinct functions – Cerberlink, CerberTouch and CerberCenter

Cerberus, from BriarTek, is the overarching brand name for an electronic search-and-rescue beacon system built for wilderness and off-the-grid use. The system offers three distinct functions – Cerberlink, CerberTouch and CerberCenter – and uses smartphone and satellite messaging to keep you in touch with the outside world.

Cerberus, a mythological dog that was tasked with preventing souls from escaping Hades, seems to be an odd naming choice for a device designed specifically to keep you in this world. BriarTek chooses it because of the dog’s three-headed nature, which represents the three-part composition of the Cerberus system.

The most basic layer of Cerberus is the CerberTouch app. This free app provides cellular-based communications and tracking. With the app, your phone works in conjunction with Google Maps to share your location with contacts via a series of “breadcrumbs” that show the progress of your journey. CerberTouch also allows you to opt in for weather, news and other alerts, so that you stay up to date on information relevant to you.

Of course, if you’re really traveling “to hell and back,” cell phone coverage will be spotty or non-existent. That’s where Cerberlink comes in. It’s a satellite device similar to the SPOT Messenger and other satellite rescue beacons. It allows you to send pre-drafted messages to friends, letting them know that you’re doing okay, and activate emergency rescue should you get into trouble – all at the push of a button.

The device relies on the Iridium network of low orbiting satellites and provides pole-to-pole coverage around the world, according to the rep we spoke to. The only places you might run into a problem getting coverage are those places with obstructed views of the sky, like tight canyons and dense jungles. Such obstructions will affect any satellite device, though. SPOT still shows a number of dark spots on its coverage map in places like Africa, Asia and Antarctica, so BriarTek’s pole-to-pole coverage is attractive.

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via Gizmag – C. C. Weiss

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