New Gotoky, Device that Creates a Personal Cellular Network in Remote Locations/during Natural Disasters, Connects with Backers to Surpass Kickstarter Goal

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Advanced, secure off-grid communications device enables iOS and Android smartphone users to create a personal network when cell service is non-existent, unstable or expensive

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We hope the recent rash of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes in North America are an aberration and don’t return for many years to come, but they point to the need for a product like Gotoky.

Gotoky, an advanced secure off-grid communication device that enables iOS and Android smartphone users to operate and create their own Mesh network when service is unavailable, unreliable or unaffordable, quickly surpassed its campaign goal on Kickstarter – raising nearly $30,000 from crowdfunding backers.

“We hope the recent rash of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes in North America are an aberration and don’t return for many years to come, but they point to the need for a product like Gotoky,” said Gotoky Co-founder and CEO Denis Loncar. “In situations left after disasters like these, where cell towers are down, it allows users to set up their own communications network and stay connected and safe.”

Loncar said the response among crowdfunders shows there is a need for a product like Gotoky in the marketplace, offering smartphone users an affordable way to set up their own networks should they need them in remote locations, during emergencies or when using hot-spots or other methods are cost prohibitive.

When Gotoky is paired with a smartphone, users can securely:

  • Talk (1-to-1 and group communications)
  • Send texts (1-to-1 and to a group)
  • Activate an ‘Emergency Location Beacon’ when in distress
  • Use navigation
  • Send GPS locations to other Gotoky users on detailed off-line topographic maps
  • Use real time tracking
  • Create events,
  • Ping a location

Gotoky works over standard license-free radio frequencies and it doesn’t require any cellular infrastructure or satellites. The device automatically and securely relays messages over other Gotokys in the user’s area. The range can be extended beyond point-to-point, allowing users to make their own network. Loncar says the average distance covers 9.3 miles (15 kilometers), which can be extended to nearly 19 miles (30 kilometers) with more users.

Loncar came up with the concept for Gotoky after he was injured while hiking in the mountains and had no signal and no way to contact anyone for help.

“My story had a happy ending because I was rescued by some other hikers who happened into my area, but it could have very well ended in disaster,” Loncar said. “While the catalyst in creating Gotoky was to enable active outdoor people to stay connected in remote locations, it’s perfect for people who live in remote areas, for travelers abroad and want to communicate for free and avoid exorbitant roaming charges, and for professional and working teams who need to stay in constant group communication in remote working environments.”

For more information and to purchase Gotoky, visit the Gotoky Campaign Page on Kickstarter.

About Gotoky
Gotoky is a Dutch-based company founded by Denis Loncar (CEO) and Katja Lipicnik (CMO) two years ago to create world’s best mesh, radio frequency (RF) digital communication device that enables communication in areas without available Wi-Fi or mobile networks. In 2015, Gotoky was selected among 10.000 companies worldwide to participate in elite hardware HighTechXL Accelerator in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company was recognized as the best startup of generation. Finalist of Central European Startup award 2016 and year later awarded as one of the top 100 startups of Central Europe. For more information, visit https://www.gotoky.com.

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