Updates to Email and SMS Formats
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Some of our customers and developers have written automated email processes for reading and storing SPOT email notifications. Come fall, we are making some enhancements to both our email and SMS formats and want to prepare developers for those changes.

EMAIL Format Changes

New Format Example:

From: noreply@findmespot.com
Subject: You have just received a message I sent using my SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
Date: September 10, 2009 12:53:33 PM PDT
To: recipient1@email.com, recipient2@findmespot.com
Reply To: username@example.com

JoeSPOT
Latitude:37.42502
Longitude:-121.89582
GPS location Date/Time:09/02/2009 00:27:08 PST

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=37.42502,-121.89582&ll=37.42502,-121.89582&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1
Message:This is the default SPOT Check-in/ OK message. Please update.

Raising the safety factor for millions who step into the outdoors each year, SPOT notifies friends and family or an international emergency rescue coordination center with status messages based on situation and need. Ask for Help (or SPOT Assist), Alert S.O.S., Check-In/OK and Track Progress-all with the simple push of a button.
http://www.findmespot.com

Looking for a great way to share SPOT tracks and waypoints, stories and photos? Head to http://www.spotadventures.com and see how users are creating their adventures and sharing them!

Old Format Example:

From: noreply@findmespot.com
Subject: OK ESN:0-1234567
Date: September 1, 2009
To: recipient1@email.com, recipient2@email.com

I am having fun exploring with my SPOT unit. Check me out.

ESN:0-1234567
Latitude:37.42502
Longitude:-121.89582
Nearest Location:not known
Distance:not known
Time:04/21/2009 04:55:33 (US/Pacific)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=37.42502,-121.89582&ll=37.42502,-121.89582&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

SMS Format Changes

The changes are noted in green below: (note that some carriers strip out the 'from' information)

FROM: noreply@findmespot.com
Bob’s SPOT (NEW: Messenger name to help easily identify the sender)
ll: -115.3456, -35.1111 (NEW: shortening of the lat/long description, providing more space for message)

I am having a blast yurt hopping in New Zealand…
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