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Strava, the world’s largest social media network designed for athletes, announced today that it has extended its safety feature Beacon to a number of Garmin devices.
Beacon was released in August through the Android and iOS app. The service allows runners, cyclists, hikers and other athletes to keep up to three safety contacts informed of their whereabouts.
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The contacts receive a text message with a unique URL when an activity is started. They can then click on the URL to access a real-time map of the athlete’s location without needing their own Strava account, thus giving them piece of mind their loved ones are staying out of harm’s way. Contacts can also see if the athlete’s battery power is waning.
“We received a lot of positive feedback when we introduced Beacon this summer,” Strava chief product officer Aaron Forth said in a statement.
“We also had lots of athletes say they wanted to use Beacon with their Garmin devices. We’re happy to see that Beacon has become so valuable so quickly, and excited to extend Beacon’s safety benefits to Garmin athletes.”
With today’s news, Beacon will be integrated into select Garmin cycling computers and running watches for Strava Premium members. This includes: Fenix 3, Edge Explore 820, Edge 520, 820 and 1000, and Forerunner 230, 235, 630 and 735XT.
To learn more about Strava, visit www.strava.com.
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