“We[…] chose to integrate with Ground Control because of their justified reputation for reliability, and the ease of integration with our software.”
Kylan Diprose, Director
This waterproof and ruggedized global tracking device is designed for permanent installation aboard marine vessels and land vehicles. It has an optional LTE Narrowband unit, which allows it to use terrestrial networks when possible.
- Power Consumption (transmit): 500mA max
- Dimensions: 4.7″ diameter x 1.96″ height
- Ingress Rating: IP68
Most rugged and reliable handheld Iridium tracker. Designed for long-term use in the field, the RockSTAR is a global communication device and tracking system. It allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky.
- Battery Life: up to 12 months
- Dimensions: 7″ x 3″ x 1.4″
- Ingress Rating: IP67
Explorer 323 provides rich satellite communications in challenging environments. Designed to be instantly attached onto any vehicle roof using the optional mag-mount rubberized feet and powered from a standard 12v/24v vehicle power port.
- Power Consumption (transmit): 35W max
- Dimensions: 12.7″ diameter x 3.82″ height
- Ingress Rating: IP66
Global tracking and messaging device designed for use on the dashboard of light aircraft, rotorcraft, and land-based vehicles. The RockAIR has built-in LTE Narrowband, enabling the use of terrestrial networks.
- Power Consumption (transmit): 700mA max
- Dimensions: 3.9″ x 4.7″ x 0.98″
- Ingress Rating: n/a, intended for in-cockpit use
The Iridium GO offers 100% global coverage for smartphones to make and receive calls, send and receive instant messages, send and receive email, send files, track a GPS location, and many more features.
- Battery Life: 16 hours standby
- Dimensions: 4.5″ x 3.25″ x 1.25″
- Ingress Rating: IP65
Building Your Own Tracking Device?
This delivers plug-and-play satellite communication, with pole-to-pole coverage, with data provided via email or directly to your web service.
Iridium SBD Coverage Map
Iridium SBD airtime is utilized by the RockSTAR, RockAIR, RockFLEET and Iridium GO! devices.
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.
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.
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.
Ground Control offers two airtime service plans for the Iridium GO!: a monthly service plan with data minutes included, and a variable rate for voice calls, or a prepaid service which gives you a fixed number of data and voice minutes, with the option to roll over unused minutes if the service is renewed. We’ve listed some of our monthly service plans here; please visit our Iridium GO! airtime pricing page for full details.
BGAN M2M Coverage Map
BGAN M2M airtime is utilized by the Cobham Explorer 323.
The Inmarsat I-6 F1 launched on 22nd December 2021, and will be followed by the I-6 F2 in 2023. Both are dual-band satellites and will support both L-Band and Ka-Band frequencies. With the launch, Inmarsat will easily be able to support four times the amount of traffic the network can support today, which means faster speeds and continued reliability of service. The new satellites also deliver greater coverage.
Benefits of Partnering with Ground Control
Tried & Tested Tracking Devices
Our manufactured devices are application verified in some of the most remote and hostile locations on the planet. Every element has been designed, developed and refined based on feedback. The result? Devices that are easy to install, operate and maintain. We're also able to accommodate bespoke customisation for both larger orders and as part of future product development.VIEW ALL TRACKING PRODUCTS
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. Additionally, most of our devices benefit from built-in LTE Narrowband, which when possible, allows use of the terrestrial mobile phone network.Airtime Service Plans
Seamless Data Output & Integration
All of our devices come with access to Cloudloop, our web-based subscription and data management system. Our integrated tracking software includes configurable status alerts, report frequency and geo-fencing capabilities. Have your own tracking platform? Data integration from our products is quick and easy with excellent API documentation and technical support.Explore Cloudloop
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