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New M2M module for RockFLEET

M2M data could help improve vessel operations M2M data could help improve vessel operations Rock Seven

Iridium partner Rock Seven has announced the launch of a machine to machine (M2M) data communication module for its RockFLEET vessel tracking system.

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The optional module, factory-installed at point-of-purchase, will enable onboard equipment to be integrated with RockFLEET, allowing data to be transferred between vessel and shore. Rock Seven says the telemetry and control functions have the potential to improve vessel operations, including reducing fuel consumption and enhancing maintenance processes.

“It’s vital to know where all ships in your fleet are at any one time, but it’s also becoming more important to have data about how your vessels are operating, in order to operate as efficiently as possible,” says Nick Farrell, director at Rock Seven.

“With our new M2M data module, RockFLEET can provide both position data and any other kind of data required, and can even be used as an intelligent hub for automation on board or on shore.”

The system works on a Pay As You Go basis, with users paying only for the months the system is in use, pre-purchasing credits for transmitting tracking positions and other data.

“RockFLEET requires no annual contract and operates on a Pay As You Go basis, with each location, or M2M data transmission costing as little as £0.03. This makes it a low-cost option for accurate global vessel tracking and lower-bandwidth data transmission for any application the user needs,” says Farrell.

“The idea is well proven with applications as diverse as ocean-going environmental sensor buoys, low-earth-orbit balloon flights and remote engine servicing telemetry. We know there are a multitude of possibilities this product opens up for the marine industry, and we’re keen to support users to develop their own unique applications for ships.”

M2M integration with on-board equipment is available using a variety of serial protocols, and the open API means data in any format can be delivered to the users' own applications.

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