|Headquarters||Yarmouth, Maine, United States|
DeLorme is the innovation leader in personal satellite tracking, messaging and navigation technology. The company’s flagship product, inReach, has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking integration of GPS and satellite technologies. With 90% of the world’s surface lacking cellular coverage, inReach helps people stay safe and connected anywhere in the world with the ability to send and receive text messages when outside of cell phone range, trigger an interactive SOS, and 100% global coverage through the Iridium satellite network. When paired with a mobile device, the seamless inReach experience provides worry-free navigation with unlimited access to free downloadable topographic maps and NOAA charts. DeLorme also produces some of the country’s best-selling printed atlas and topographic software products. Unlike most other printed atlases on the market today, DeLorme combines the latest digital technology with human editors to individually verify travel information and map details, ensuring optimum clarity, legibility and accuracy. A DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer is the perfect complement to a vehicle’s GPS or online mapping site, because it allows a traveler to easily browse and highlight the anticipated route and all the possible activities or excursions along the way or at the destination. Paper atlases continue to be a strong seller for DeLorme, with more than 20 million copies sold to date to avid travelers, recreational enthusiasts, and map lovers. DeLorme’s Topo software is one of the most sought-after sources of North American trail, logging road and terrain data for outdoor enthusiasts. Topo 10 has complete US and Canada topographic maps and elevation data with than four million places of interest for US and Canada. In addition to comprehensive park data, Topo includes high-detail lake, river and stream data for all 50 states. Founded in 1976 and recognized as a pioneer in mapping products, DeLorme is headquartered in Yarmouth, Maine, and is home to Eartha, the world's largest revolving globe.
DeLorme combined state highway, county, and town maps as well as federal surveys to produce The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer which was printed in a large format book with an initial printing of 10,000, which he marketed out of his car. The Gazetter, which listed bicycle trails, canoeing and kayaking trips, and museum and historic sites, proved quite successful.
In 1987, the company produced a compact disc with detailed topographic map data of the entire world.
The early success resulted in contracts with government and private businesses.
During 1991, DeLorme began vending Street Atlas USA on a single CD-ROM, and it became the most popular street map CD in the United States, as well as one of the first mass consumer CD-ROM software products of any kind. A later competitor is Microsoft Streets & Trips.
By 1995 DeLorme had 44 percent of the market share for CD maps, exceeding Rand McNally with 25 percent, and Microsoft with 17.5 percent. The same year the company partnered with the American Automobile Association to the produce the AAA Map 'n Go, which was the first CD product to generate automatic routing. They also introduced the DeLorme GPS receiver to work with its maps.
During 1997 the company relocated to a new corporate campus in Yarmouth, Maine, that features a giant model of the world, named Eartha, the largest rotating globe in the world. The company has provided complimentary geographic educational sessions for thousands of school children over the years and the public is welcome to visit and see Eartha from the three-story balconies.
During 1999 DeLorme introduced 3-D TopoQuads DVD and CD products, which include digitized U.S. topographic maps.
During 2005, DeLorme became the first company to sell a USB GPS device, the Earthmate GPS LT-20, for less than $100. At the same time it began offering downloadable satellite and USGS 7.5-minute quads that could be overlaid on its maps using an innovative new NetLink feature.
During 2007 (verify, may have been 2006), the firm introduced its first full-featured GPS standalone receiver—the Earthmate GPS PN-20. During 2008, the company continued expanding its handheld GPS line with the Earthmate GPS PN-40 model. DeLorme also began selling OEM GPS modules allowing other manufacturers to add GPS to their products. In addition, the company began selling data to businesses which desired alternative suppliers.
During 2009, they introduced the E-Z Nav Wizard, a feature that makes Street Atlas 2010 interface intuitive to first time users, easy to use on small laptop computers (netbooks, UMPCs), and touch-screen friendly.
In early 2010, DeLorme announced a partnership with Spot Inc. This partnership will include the ability to text message almost anywhere in the world using the Globalstar simplex network.