Building on its dual mode functionality, RockAIR offers new features designed to improve safety for vehicles operating in unfamiliar or dangerous locales. It can automatically transmit a GPS position as often as every 15 seconds or as infrequently as once every 24 hours, all easily configured by the user.
It also allows tracking profiles to be setup to enable faster rates if the integrated alert button has been pressed, if external power is applied (e.g., vehicle ignition), or if cellular data is being used rather than satellite. RockAIR also features a ‘Watch Me’ feature, accessible via the keypad, which informs the provider that more active monitoring is required for a period of time, enabling personnel in vehicles to react to situations that may escalate quickly, for example, during civil unrest or active combat.
While delivering precise tracking is RockAIR’s primary application, Ground Control has integrated extra functionality that takes advantage of the always-on connection the system keeps to the Iridium satellite and GSM networks.
Users can send and receive low-cost short emails and text messages using the free (iOS/Android) companion app over Bluetooth, ensuring that regardless of location, they can report back to base. RockAIR is also a true IoT device. It features a RS-232 port, which can be used for machine-to-machine data, enabling users to connect sensors and computing platforms to the internet. A Bluetooth API makes it easy for organisations to create their own apps that make use of the highly reliable connectivity RockAIR provides to benefit their specific operations.
Nick Farrell, director at Rock Seven (now trading as Ground Control), said: “While NGO and military organisations face completely different challenges from the general aviation sector, RockAIR’s tracking and data functionality is just as effective for improving safety and logistics on the dashboard of an SUV or troop carrier as it is in the cockpit of a helicopter or light aircraft. The interest we’ve received from organisations looking at land applications for RockAIR is huge, and we encourage fleet owners to get in touch to discuss how the system can help them to monitor and control their vehicles more effectively and for a lower cost.”