Garmin Acquires GEOS Worldwide

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GEOS operates the “nerve center” for rescue efforts triggered by Garmin’s inReach personal satellite communicators.

GEOS operates the “nerve center” for rescue efforts triggered by Garmin’s inReach personal satellite communicators.

Garmin said in a statement that it acquired “substantially all the assets” of GEOS Worldwide Limited and its subsidiaries, a privately held provider of emergency monitoring and incident response services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Texas-based GEOS operates the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, the “nerve center” for rescue efforts triggered by Garmin’s inReach personal satellite communicators. The IERCC’s response coordinators have fielded more than 83,000 emergency incidents around the globe since 2007, including more than 5,000 generated by Garmin customers.

“With this acquisition, Garmin is now able to provide even more peace of mind to our inReach users,” Brad Trenkle, vice president of Garmin’s outdoor segment, said in a statement. “The addition of the IERCC to the Garmin family reinforces our commitment to helping our active lifestyle customers make it home safe from their adventures.”

Added GEOS executive chairman Peter Chlubek: “GEOS has enjoyed a strong collaboration with Garmin over the years, and we look forward to continuing to work together to continue to provide best-in-class emergency response and safety services for customers around the globe.”

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