As with the M2M module the company announced in November, the GSM functionality will be factory-fitted and will not alter the size of the RockFLEET unit. Rock Seven says that the module will automatically recognise when it is in range of a suitable GSM network, and automatically switch to the lowest cost route.
No additional antenna is required, with seafarers using either a global roaming SIM or the SIM of a local provider. Rock Seven claims vessels that spend much of their time in coastal areas could benefit significantly from the lower data costs available on GSM networks.
“We continue to develop new capabilities for RockFLEET based on customer requests and market trends,” says Nick Farrell, director at Rock Seven.
“The GSM module can reduce operational costs by switching to cheaper mobile networks but it also gives access to more bandwidth than available offshore, so it can facilitate increased usage of RockFLEET position data transmission, two-way messaging or M2M applications, without increasing costs.”