For IoT / M2M Applications
The RockBLOCK Plus is effectively the same device as the 9602 encased in a fully waterproof, ruggedized enclosure. It's being used in hostile environments all over the world, from areas at risk of wildfires to remote farms, rainforests to oil rigs.
For Tracking and Messaging Applications
RockSTAR, our first product, has undergone dozens of upgrades over the years and remains a completely dependable handheld tracking device. RockSTAR has saved lives and provides a lifeline of support for those in operating in inhospitable environments.
Iridium SBD Coverage Map
The Iridium satellite constellation is in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) which presents several benefits for IoT applications. The main benefit is latency; as these satellites are much closer to Earth than satellites in geostationary orbit, the ping time is typically less than one second.
The Iridium satellite network is also ideal for mobile applications, as antennas are omni-directional, and do not need to be pointed; their data will be accepted by the passing satellite and then ‘handed off’ to the next satellite, delivering 100% seamless coverage.
Short Burst Data Service Plans and Pricing
For more information about our SBD Service Plans, please visit our dedicated Iridium SBD Pricing page.
Satellite airtime isn’t cheap, and we pride ourselves on delivering great value for our customers. So, rather than having a small number of plans that will either see you rack up expensive overage fees, or pay for data you don’t use, we tailor our plans to every customer. These are example plans only; let us know what your data requirements are and we’ll make a plan that suits you.
Also, please note that our annual plans are available for any SBD device; our Pay-As-You-Go plans are exclusive to Ground Control manufactured devices.
Our pay-as-you-go plans offer great flexibility for development purposes, and are available for the RockBLOCK 9602 and RockBLOCK 9603 plug-and-play satellite transceivers, the RockSTAR personal tracking device, RockFLEET vehicle tracking device, and the RockAIR aircraft tracking device.
Pay-as-you-go plans are made up of line rental and credits (see next tab – Running Costs). Line rental allows the SBD device to exchange information with the Iridium satellite network. Credits are used each time you transmit.
Line rental allows the SBD device to exchange information with the Iridium satellite network. Credits are used each time you transmit. One credit is used per 50 bytes (or part thereof) of message sent or received. One credit is also used if you check your mailbox and there are no messages waiting (a mailbox check).
Be sure to check out our SBD Pricing page for full details of our Pay-As-You-Go service plans.
Benefits of Iridium Short Burst Data Service
Flexible Connectivity Solutions
Our SBD products are ideal for remote weather stations, ocean drifters and buoys; monitoring of oil pipelines and capturing agriculture sensor data; controlling and reporting on equipment in the middle of nowhere. For basic telemetry and command/control applications where mobile signals don’t go – they’re ideal.
Truly Global Coverage + Low Latency
Iridium has 66 satellites in Low Earth Orbit, allowing coverage anywhere on Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No other satellite network has truly global coverage, and Iridium has been in service since 2001, so it's well established. Messages sent via Iridium take just seconds to reach you, via e-mail or directly to your web-service.
Cloudloop Platform and Applications
All our devices are provided with access to our web-based monitoring and management system, Cloudloop. which simplifies your data, device and subscription management. If you have your own management system, and want to integrate data from our products, that's OK; Cloudloop is an API-first platform.
Customized Airtime Service Plans
We make satellite airtime affordable. We have great prices, and we can also tailor our airtime plans to our customers' requirements, so you only pay for the data you use, and avoid expensive overage fees. Cloudloop also lets you set up real-time alerts and remote deactivation / suspension of your devices, so you're in complete control.
Comparing Satellite IoT Connectivity
It’s tricky to compare airtime services because so much depends on how much data you need to send, but as a rough guide, we’ve put together the following comparison points. Get in touch if you’d like any help deciding what will work best for you.
Short Burst Data Devices in Action
February 24, 2023
How satellite-connected sensors are aiding precision farming in Kenya
Agritech company Synnefa is transforming productivity and reducing waste in farms across Kenya through comprehensive sensor data collection and analysis. Here’s how satellite IoT is helping expand their reach.
October 12, 2022
How RockBLOCK helps deliver medical care via drone
Cancer patients in remote areas can experience issues in receiving their chemotherapy treatment. Transporting the chemotherapy via drone reduces the transport time to 30 minutes.
May 23, 2022
Delivering Coverage and Reliability for ASC’s Tsunami Early Warning System
As a critical communications network, there was never any question that ASC’s early warning system would need to utilize satellite connectivity, both for the coverage requirements and network reliability. Commercial terrestrial power and communications networks tend to perform poorly in a disaster – either through overuse or damage to their infrastructure.
August 5, 2021
Automated Landslide Monitoring
Slide Sentinel is a fully automated landslide monitoring system using RTK. It regularly monitors landslide activity with high spatiotemporal resolution and centimetre-level accuracy for long-term deployments. Measuring this way aids in early warning information and limits the use of invasive and expensive drilling.
July 21, 2021
Aviation Trackers for Search and Rescue
Aviation is considered one of the safest methods of travel, but with technical or human error, mistakes and accidents can still happen, leaving pilots and passengers in need of rescue.
Drifting Buoys for Multi-Use Projects
Drifting Buoys are versatile kits that anyone with the know-how can use to retrieve their own oceanic data. Generally, the main purpose of drifting buoys is to measure ocean currents and sea temperatures, the data of which is then transmitted back to research labs on the mainland for analysis.
July 25, 2022
Effortless cloud-based fleet tracking with v2track
When you combine the tracking and communication capabilities of the RockAIR, RockSTAR and RockFLEET devices with v2track’s innovative and constantly improved software solution, you have an end-to-end solution for fleet tracking, anywhere in the world.
July 21, 2021
Data Buoys for Offshore Telemetry
Data buoys are sent into the water for a wide variety of reasons and will be equipped with technology designed to collect and transmit information along the buoy’s journey.
February 2, 2022
Enhanced Real-time Tracking and Communications with TracPlus
TracPlus is the trusted real-time tracking and communication platform used by first responders, government agencies, militaries, and other critical operators around the world. Their platform has been developed to deliver situational awareness to first responders, irrespective of who owns the asset, what the asset is, who provides the tracking, or what the platform or signal type is – be it radio, cellular or satellite.
August 11, 2021
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting with Obscape
A Government Agency responsible for coastal, stormwater and catchment management has assigned Ground Control customer Obscape to assist with reporting on areas such as – monitoring and reporting on catchment management, flood risk areas, storm drains and drainage ditches with the aid of the RockBLOCK.
August 15, 2021
Epsom College and the Microtransat Challenge
Epsom College are competing in The Microtransat challenge and are trying to build a robot boat that can sail from England to America autonomously. It has been attempted approximately 25 times by Universities, Businesses and Individuals; however, it has never been completed.
November 23, 2022
Finding optimum oil and gas sites with 40Geo drifting data buoys
Using the RockBLOCK 9602, the team can extract close to real-time data under any circumstances, unaffected by location, weather or cellular coverage.
August 4, 2021
Preventing Illegal Deforestation
The world’s two largest rainforests, the Congo Basin and the Amazon, are under threat from illegal extraction activities. Unfortunately, authorities have long lacked the means and mechanisms to deal with these illegalities which destroy ecosystems and undermine both forest and indigenous people’s livelihoods.
July 19, 2021
Promoting Marine Security with the RockSTAR
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.
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