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Fixed GSM subscription for RockFleet

Rock Seven has launched a new fixed cost monthly GSM subscription for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET, which also uses Iridium’s satellite network to send data when out of GSM coverage.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new subscription covers all vessel tracking and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) transmissions over GSM networks by the RockFLEET system when operating within GSM coverage.

As standard the system provides vessel GPS location reports at user-defined intervals using the global Iridium satellite Short Burst Data (SBD) service, and in dual mode-operation automatically switches from satellite to transmit GPS and M2M data over 2G/3G/4G and GPRS networks when available.

RockFLEET is a fixed installation system for maritime tracking and data applications, with additional short text messaging via e-mail and SMS.

“While Iridium SBD provides highly reliable global satellite coverage, GSM can enable faster and sometimes lower-cost transmission of GPS and M2M data when closer to land,” said Nick Farrell, director, Rock Seven.

“With the new fixed GSM tariff, vessels that regularly go between SBD and GSM coverage can now know their GSM costs in advance, while coastal M2M users, such as workboat or weather buoy owners can potentially reduce their overall GSM data costs.”{/mprestriction}

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