“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
The global tracking device is specially designed for permanent installation on marine vessels and land vehicles, and is both waterproof and ruggedised for durability. It also features an optional LTE Narrowband unit, enabling it to utilise terrestrial networks whenever available.
- Power Consumption (transmit): 500mA max
- Dimensions: 4.7″ diameter x 1.96″ height
- Ingress Rating: IP68
The RockSTAR is a highly durable and dependable handheld tracker that operates on the Iridium network. It is specially designed for extended use in harsh environments and serves as a worldwide communication and tracking system. With the RockSTAR, you can transmit and receive brief messages from any location on the planet, as long as there is an unobstructed view of the sky.
- Battery Life: up to 12 months
- Dimensions: 7″ x 3″ x 1.4″
- Ingress Rating: IP67
The Explorer 323 offers reliable and robust connectivity in harsh environments. It is designed to be easily installed on the roof of any vehicle using the optional mag-mount rubberised feet and can be powered from a standard 12v/24v vehicle power port. Users can stay connected and communicate via satellite even in remote areas where traditional networks are unavailable.
- Power Consumption (transmit): 35W max
- Dimensions: 12.7″ diameter x 3.82″ height
- Ingress Rating: IP66
The RockAIR is a global tracking and messaging device that can be installed on the dashboard of light aircraft, rotorcraft, and land-based vehicles. It is designed to provide reliable tracking and communication capabilities even in remote locations. With built-in LTE Narrowband, it can also use terrestrial networks when available.
- 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 allows users to enjoy uninterrupted global coverage for their smartphones, enabling them to make and receive calls, send and receive instant messages, send and receive emails, share files, and track GPS location, among many other features.
- Battery Life: 16 hours standby
- Dimensions: 4.5″ x 3.25″ x 1.25″
- Ingress Rating: IP65
Building Your Own Tracking Device?
With the RockBLOCK, you can easily add plug-and-play satellite communication to your tracking device. The device provides pole-to-pole coverage and allows you to receive data via email or directly to your web service. It's a reliable and convenient solution for those looking to incorporate satellite communication into their tracking devices.
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 launch of the Inmarsat I-6 F1 in December 2021 is a significant development for the company. It is a dual-band satellite that supports both L-Band and Ka-Band frequencies. The I-6 F1 will be followed by the I-6 F2 in 2023. This launch will allow Inmarsat to easily handle four times the amount of traffic that the network currently supports, which will result in faster speeds and increased reliability of service. Additionally, the new satellites provide greater coverage, making it easier for users to access the network from more locations around the world.
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