Ecuador will outfit 4,000 of the boats in its fishing fleet with Covington-based Globalstar Inc.’s satellite tracking and emergency notification devices.

Globalstar reseller VehSmart, of Victorville, California, has been awarded the first regional pilot project to equip the fishing fleet with Globalstar’s SmartOne satellite transmitter. The devices will provide Ecuadorian fishermen and women with a connection to help in emergencies, such as threats from pirates.

Globalstar’s devices will link to Ecuador’s National Emergency Response System, and be outfitted with a proprietary panic button that sailors can activate discreetly for rescue.