Simple GPS Satellite Tracking
When you’re reliant on cellular coverage, ‘off-grid’ doesn’t just apply to remote and hostile environments.
For adventurers, field workers and those on science expeditions or in remote racing events, determining a tracking and communication plan, is vital. When you know you’re going to be travelling outside cellular coverage, this reduces the chance of accidents (source: LoneAlert), ensures swift response times in the case of an emergency and delivers real peace of mind.
With unparalleled reach, reliability and security, Satellite connectivity is the obvious solution for those venturing out of cellular range.
The RockSTAR Two-Way Messenger is a truly global communication and personal tracking device. With an astonishingly long battery life, ruggedised and waterproof, the RockSTAR is a vital handheld safety device that allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky.
The tracker wakes up on a regular basis, obtains your position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmits that position back to Ground Control HQ in seconds using the Iridium satellite network. The message is relayed to us from Iridium and then we visualise the positions on an easy-to-use web-based viewer.
In recent applications with our partners, the RockSTAR has enabled heart-rate and air quality monitoring, and workforce management solutions.
Benefits of Iridium Short Burst Data Service
Truly Global Coverage + Low Latency
Iridium has 66 satellites in orbit around the Earth, allowing coverage anywhere on Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No other satellite network has truly global coverage. Messages sent via Iridium take just seconds to reach you, via e-mail or directly to your web-service.
Customised Airtime Service Plans
Satellite airtime is more expensive than cellular - most of the time! But we make it affordable. We have great prices and we’re able to tailor all of our airtime plans to our customers' requirements, so you only pay for the data you use.
Regular Usage Reviews to Manage Costs
Once you're with Ground Control, we'll proactively review your usage to make sure that you remain on the right plan for your requirements. This helps to ensure that you don't end up paying expensive overage costs for going out-of-plan.
Manage GPS device data with Cloudloop
The Cloudloop platform puts you in control of your devices and data.
Our devices, including the RockSTAR, send data directly to Cloudloop, where you can access all features, visualise the data on a map, send/receive messages, and export data to Excel. With well documented and easy to use APIs, partners and customers also have the option to integrate directly into their ecosystem. Meaning other services such as maps can be layered over the data supplied, for an enriched view of operations.
With Cloudloop, users can also manage subscriptions and organise data pooling, ultimately putting cost control in your hands.
- Remote activation/deactivation of devices
- Set limits to automatically suspend devices
- Create custom alerts for usage & expenditure
- View usage and billing data in real-time
Ground Control’s Partners
Ground Control’s tried and tested tracking and communications devices are used all over the world While Ground Control’s devices come with a simple, effective tracking platform, we work with several partners who have built application-specific software platforms that leverage the tracking and communications data provided by Ground Control. These companies include JCSys, Priavo, Tracplus and Track24. They’re definitely worth reviewing if you have a particular use case in mind.
If you have a workforce management or personal security software solution and would like to integrate Ground Control’s devices into your platform, please get in touch. We have fully featured APIs, and provide partners with cost and time-saving tools such as data pooling via our Cloudloop platform.
The RockSTAR - Personal Tracking Device in Action
January 9, 2023
RockSTAR Provides Vital Tracking Telemetry for Soldiers and Ultra Runners
How JCSys customised the RockSTAR to provide end-to-end, real-time, global tracking capabilities for our Armed Forces & ultra-marathon events.
September 9, 2019
RockSTAR Used in Iridium Certus Demo
British search and rescue charity SARAID hosted an immersive, natural disaster search and rescue live demonstration day in association with Wireless Innovation and Iridium.
July 21, 2019
Promoting Marine Security
We provide RockSTAR units to a large number of marine security and anti-piracy firms worldwide. They provide accurate tracking, allowing the position of your teams/vessels to be monitored while in transit. They also give a secure and private means of communication for onboard team leaders.
July 21, 2021
Remote Worker Security: Journalism
Journalists travel to dangerous areas, with both known and unknown dangers. You can’t rely on communication facilities on the ground such as mobile phone (GSM) networks as these can be easily turned off by authorities with little or no notice.
Horticultural – Faraway Fieldwork
Various horticultural organisations have approached us over the last few years to provide remote worker tracking for their field workers.
September 13, 2016
Iceberg Monitoring with the RockSTAR
The Laboratory for Cryospheric Research is dedicated to the monitoring and understanding of the frozen earth, including glaciers, ice caps, ice shelves, snow, and sea ice.
Need help pinpointing the best solution?
Simply complete the form and one of our team will respond with objective, expert advice.