A global tracking device designed for permanent use aboard marine vessels and land vehicles. Its optional LTE Narrowband unit allows it to use cellular when possible, automatically switching to the global Iridium satellite network when necessary.
A tracking and messaging device designed for use on the dashboard of light aircraft, rotorcraft, and land-based vehicles. It has built-in LTE Narrowband, which allows it to use terrestrial cellular networks when possible.
The Explorer 323 can utilize either the BGAN M2M service, for tracking and basic messaging, or BGAN service, for portable satellite internet. It is an auto-acquire antenna so will retain connection with the Inmarsat satellite network when you’re in-motion.
“They [Ground Control] make it very easy for us to work with them, and in turn, our customers get a very competitively priced and powerful fleet tracking and communication solution.”
Kylan Diprose, Director
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.
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.
BGAN Coverage Map
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
Affordable Global Connectivity
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
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 customization for both larger orders and as part of future product development.VIEW ALL TRACKING PRODUCTS
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
“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
Photos of Vehicle Tracking Devices in Action
RockFLEET mounted on car roof with Rokk Rail mount.
RockAIR displayed on vehicle dashboard.
Cobham Explorer 323 attached to vehicle roof via mag-mount rubberized feet.
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