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Personal trackers based on satellite technology have a distinct advantage over cell phones in that they can deliver a signal where cells phones cannot. In this incident, the device was a critical factor by providing GPS coordinates to aid rescue personnel.

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GPS device critical factor in saving lives in backcountry hiking

Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team’s Backcountry Unit rescued a missing father, son and dog last month near the Wet Beaver Wilderness area, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office news release, thanks to their satellite tracking device.