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Somewear Labs, developer of mapping apps for X and satellite communications devices, has teamed up to launch an industry first for backcountry explorers.
Two heads are better than one. At least that feeling definitely applies to the partnership between onX and Somewear Labs. The two navigation brands have teamed up to create the industry’s first integration between a map app and a satellite communication device.
With Somewear’s Iridium Earth Orbit Satellite On the network, users can now share custom onX waypoints with friends and family to view a summit, route, turn, parked vehicle, wildlife viewing, and more. Everything is integrated in one program. And no cellular service is required.
“We’re excited to be working with such a forward-thinking organization that is rethinking the way we communicate off-grid.” said onX Vice President for Development Christopher Sledz. “Up until now, the off-grid functionality was limited to one platform. This collaboration brings two great tools together. “
By sharing onX waypoints via a somewear hotspot, users can add additional relevant context to their messages. Examples of this are telling loved ones where you are on your route, or storing information about water sources, peaks, or campsites.
“Over the past few years we’ve noticed that a lot of our users juggled different apps and brought them in manually [that] Data in Somewear, ”said James Kubik, CEO of Somewear Labs. “We knew that an integration into a mapping app would bring immense value to the outdoor community. onX was the clear choice. “
Satellite and app integration: access
The initial integration between onX and Somewear is currently available to everyone onX backcountry membersand it requires a Somewear Global Hotspot.
onX Backcountry is offering Somewear Labs customers a 30% discount on app memberships. Somewear Labs also offers onX users 10% discount on the hardware (Somewear’s global hotspot is $ 280).
Somewear Labs plans to further integrate features for users around the world onX Hunt and onX Offroad Apps later in 2021.
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