RockFLEET firmware 1.4.4 will enable users to adjust how often automated location updates are sent, taking into account if a ship is in motion offshore, or stationary in a port or harbour. The Iridium partner says this will help reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary data transmission.
“RockFLEET reduces capital investment with keenly priced hardware and very low-cost daily operation,” said Nick Farrell, director at Rock Seven.
“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.”
RockFLEET, introduced by Rock Seven in October last year, operates on a Pay As You Go basis. It uses GPS to establish a vessel’s location, and Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) to transmit that location to shore. The company claims prices as low as £0.03 per SBD location transmission.
Other new features in the latest update include a ten per cent improvement on battery life, as well as the ability for authorised users to request an ad-hoc vessel position report at any time outside the normal transmission schedule.
According to Rock Seven, it has also made improvements to its CONNECT app for smartphones and tablets, which provides mobile access to the RockFLEET unit and two-way messaging for crew on board.