SOURCE: Apisphere, Inc.

Apisphere, Inc.

May 03, 2010 14:05 ET

Apisphere Supports School and Youth Club Geocaching With Custom Geocache Support for the Geomate.jr

Custom Geocaches Make It Easy for Schools, Scout Troops and Youth Clubs to Build Private Geocaching Networks

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) -  Apisphere, Inc., a leading provider of location-smart solutions, today announced the availability of custom geocache support for the Geomate.jr™. Eliminating the need to rely on publically published geocache locations or complicated GPS software, anyone can now create their own private geocaching network through a simple web interface. Including standard geocache attributes like size, terrain, and difficulty the private geocache network can be displayed on a map and then loaded onto any connected Geomate.jr -- the easy to use, affordable geocaching GPS from Apisphere.

"Youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, church groups and summer camps have been quick to identify the appeal that geocaching has with their members," said Warren Hewerdine, co-inventor of the Geomate.jr and vice president of marketing at Apisphere. "While the ease of use of the Geomate.jr makes it ideal for organized geocaching events, safety and geocache availability is also very important. With the custom geocache ability, organizations can place their own geocaches and know that they are exactly where they are needed while maintaining control over who has access to them."

People who go geocaching use a GPS receiver to locate hidden geocaches; containers of various sizes with a log book and often trinkets (that you can trade) stashed inside. Geocaching is already enjoyed by millions of people around the world and proving to be very popular with kids and families. The educational aspect of geocaching however, has not gone unnoticed by educators with many schools and teachers developing their own geocaching-centric programs to enforce math theory, problem solving and other curriculum content.

"We're finding that school-aged students are interacting with electronics on a daily basis, now more than ever," said John Carlstroem, principle of Black Pine Circle School. "When we want learners to focus on an outdoor science process, the Geomate.jr increases their engagement level. If we can get more kids to authentically think like field scientists by putting Geomate.jrs in their hands, then schools have a duty to use this wonderful teaching tool."

Availability and Pricing

The Geomate.jr geocaching GPS is currently available at REI, Target, LL Bean, Gander Mountain, Geocaching.com, and other retailers for $69.95. A complete list can be found at www.mygeomate.com/shop. The custom geocaches support for the Geomate.jr will be available through www.mygeomate.com on May 10, 2010. A Geomate.jr Update Kit is required to update any Geomate.jr with a created custom geocaches network. The custom geocaches ability will be available free of charge with no recurring subscription of service fees. For more information about Geomate.jr and the custom geocache support, please visit www.mygeomate.com.

About Apisphere

Apisphere is a Mobile Services Platform company leading the charge into the next generation of Mobile application services and M2M. Our Award winning platform combines our pioneered Location Smart Messaging solutions, Mobile Marketing, Device Connectivity and other services in a truly individualized, dynamic and location-relevant experience. By applying the core technology from its Location-Smart Messaging (LSM) platform, Apisphere promises to cost-effectively deliver the best Mobile Services Platform that leverages location-based information delivery for the mobile industry today. Apisphere makes it easy for device developers, media companies; content owners and application ISVs to participate in the mobile economy by helping them distribute Mobile services like location-specific information to mobile devices, messaging, and policy enforcement -- accurately connecting relevant, interactive and actionable content to valuable member communities. For more information on Apisphere please visit www.apisphere.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:

    Joanna Vaughn
    Apisphere, Inc.
    +1 (510) 868-2655 x24
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