Tracking Devices Popular with Captains, Yachties & Sailors
A waterproof and ruggedized global tracking device 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
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
The waterproof and ruggedized RockBLOCK Plus allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky. It works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks.
- Power Consumption (transmit): max 450mA
- Weight: 0.66 lbs
- Ingress Rating: IP68
“The RockFLEET device is a high-quality product that has proven easy to install and operate, but still offers the sophisticated data and coverage that the Queensland fishing industry requires.”
Peter Bolger CEO, Pivotel
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.
Iridium’s global, low-latency SBD service provides the ideal solution for monitoring and updating status on everything from containers and trucks to planes and ships. With Iridium SBD, it’s possible to integrate mobile assets into an organization’s enterprise resource planning and logistics management using compact equipment and a single communication carrier. And, since it is connected to the only truly global mobile satellite communications network, it works anywhere on the planet, with no expensive roaming charges or multiple service agreements. From the
North Pole to the South Pole, Iridium SBD delivers everywhere.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
Customized 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 also tailor all of our airtime plans to our customers' requirements, so you only pay for the data you use, and avoid expensive overage fees.
Vessel Tracking Case Studies
July 12, 2018
RockFLEET Approved by Queensland for VMS
The proven RockFLEET global tracking and messaging system, manufactured by Ground Control, has been selected as one of four approved devices in a mandated scheme to install a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to all commercial fishing boats in Queensland, Australia.
November 18, 2019
Pivotel Meets Tracking Regulations with RockFLEET
The proven RockFLEET global tracking and messaging system has been selected by Queensland Fisheries as an approved device within mandated schemes to install Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) on all commercial fishing boats in Queensland, Australia.
December 15, 2014
GSM Module Adds Least-Cost Data Routing
A new GSM module developed for the recently launched RockFLEET vessel tracking system introduces least cost routing functionality via terrestrial networks, giving users the opportunity to transmit position data via Iridium globally and switch to terrestrial networks when in range.
July 21, 2021
Vessel Monitoring System Regulations
Vessel monitoring systems (VMS) are used by an increasing number of private and commercial maritime organisations for varying purposes. Systems will have requirements to transmit anything from location information to messaging, catch reporting, and emergency alerts.
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