RockFLEET automatically adjusts transmission rates based on vessel activity to save costs
Iridium partner Rock Seven has released a new firmware update for its innovative RockFLEET vessel tracking system. RockFLEET firmware 1.4.4 introduces several new features and enhancements including new functionality that can automatically change the regularity of location transmissions based on whether a vessel is in transit or stationary.
The RockFLEET system obtains a position using the GPS satellite network and transmits that position to shore systems using Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) at user-defined intervals. The new motion-based transmission function enables even more cost-effective vessel tracking as it can automatically reduce the amount of data sent via RockFLEET when a vessel is on station or dockside. This combined with an optional GSM module that features automatic least cost data routing, and prices as low as £0.03 per location transmission on SBD, positions RockFLEET as a cost-focused, yet sophisticated vessel tracking system for merchant fleets and offshore vessels. Further still, the competitively priced RockFLEET unit is simple to install and the airtime service is based on a Pay As You Go model, with no annual contracts.
“RockFLEET reduces capital investment with keenly priced hardware and very low-cost daily operation. It delivers the reliability and innovative functionality required for owners and operators to turn vessel position data into a tangible way of increasing safety and efficiency, with relatively minimal investment. It’s a sophisticated system but is designed to make vessel tracking available to all operators regardless of size or budget,” comments Nick Farrell, Director, Rock Seven.