Garmin Loads Safety Features to its Fitness Trackers Load Safety Features via Strava

November 12, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A batch of fitness tracking wearables from Garmin will now be offering safer approach to its users. After having got released during summer this year, Strava’s Beacon safety feature is now making its way onto select fitness tracking wearables from Garmin.

For those unaware, Strava’s Beacon was introduced as an app for users to access easy live tracking. Contacts can be set with which they will be receiving alerts and links for live tracking when an activity is started, like jogging or running.

Beacon comes directly synced with Garmi’s LiveTrack, and users can set up to three contacts under this feature. Once set, an SMS will be sent to those contacts whenever an activity is initiated with the Garmin fitness trackers. This text message will carry a URL, which hands out the real-time location of the user. The better part is the contacts can also be non-Strava members, letting users track the location without any logging in.

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Along with the map location, it will also display the remaining battery charge in the Garmin device. Users aren’t required to set the contacts separately for each activity, as the contacts that get saved once will be used throughout if leaving it unaltered.

It’s worth noting that the service is available only with a premium subscription, which costs $59 for a year and $6 for a month. Currently, the feature is available on the following Garmin devices; Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000, Edge Explore 820, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT and Fenix 3.

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