How Rock Seven’s RockBLOCK Mk 2, and other products from the company’s portfolio, are key to unlocking data from remote areas
How Rock Seven’s RockBLOCK Mk 2, and other products from the company’s portfolio, are key to unlocking data from remote areas
A little over a year ago, Iridium celebrated the final launch of its upgraded satellites to replace all Block 1 units in orbit. This marked the completion of the new Iridium NEXT constellation.
Rock Seven is delighted to announce that the world famous IoT specialist Adafruit has become a US reseller of a RockBLOCK bundle - consisting of the RockBLOCK 9603 unit with FTDI cable.
The Rock Seven RockBLOCK+ is seeing continued use in the Slide Sentinel project from Oregon State University. The project is currently under rapid development as the team prepare for a deployment very soon on an active landslide in the Pacific Northwest.
After each support call or email we have with our customers, we measure their satisfaction with how it went – how well, and how quickly we helped (CSAT). Results are in and it's looking good!
Working with Bangor University on the SEACAMS2 project, Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has provided a network of three telemetered data buoys which are each equipped with a RockBLOCK.
Rock Seven has been chosen as Beta partner for the new Iridium Edge Solar – due to be launched early next year.
Santa has arrived early this year and from today you can enjoy free shipping on all Rock Seven web orders!
The Sparkfun Qwiic Iridium 9603N has been developed in order to provide a method for Short Burst Data (SBD) global communication for Qwiic projects via the Iridium Satellite Network
In celebration of another great year, employees were treated to a team building session at the local go-karting track followed by a meal in the evening.
Rock Seven and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have teamed up to allow your data to be transported from your device directly into Amazon SQS queues using the Iridium Satellite Network
The proven RockFLEET global tracking and messaging system has been selected by Queensland Fisheries as an approved device within mandated schemes to install Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) on all commercial fishing boats in Queensland, Australia.
Maker Buoy is now offering a populated board - the M2M and IoT answer to "just add water".
Rock Seven has appointed new staff in brand new roles over the last year as part of its rapid growth strategy, seeing new team members in Development, Marketing and Production.
British search and rescue charity S.A.R.A.I.D. hosted an immersive, natural disaster search and rescue live demonstration day in association with Wireless Innovation and Iridium. Using RockSTAR devices to track team members, contributors were able to showcase how the Iridium Certus platform can work in the field.
The Iridium Satellite Network has enhanced its network resilience after they announced that their newest ground station in Puntas Arenas, Chile is now online. This will improve network capacity efficiencies and will further improve its network redundancy.
Drifting buoys are an essential tool for understanding our oceans and providing research into ways that we can help sustain the ocean environment. Maker Buoy is one of the best ways that we can optimise the use of drifting buoys.
The RockAIR is capable of sending position reports via Iridium Satellites and local Cell Towers at two different frequencies. But what does this mean for you?
James Dziadulewicz has created a fire prevention system that is off the grid, app-controlled and has successfully saved his home from the devasting Malibu brush fire. The RockBLOCK played an integral part in the success of his system.
Let’s unpack the various alerts and functions of the RockSTAR that you may not know about.
As part of our global growth strategy in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and IoT arenas, we are pleased to announce that Rock Seven has been acquired by Wireless Innovation Ltd.
A multi-purpose bottom lander designed by Swedish researchers will facilitate monitoring of conditions in the polar region seafloor.
A student group from the University of Stuttgart designed, built and tested an Iridium enabled micro reentry capsule and its rocket separation mechanism.
Iridium is teaming up with Amazon Web Services to offer CloudConnect, a communications platform for connecting IoT devices.
Researchers deployed data loggers along the coasts of Ellesmere and Baffin Island to monitor iceberg and ice island drift patterns.
A veteran engineer set up his own high school space program, giving talented students the chance to learn valuable career skills in the process.
A hydrologist in Arizona dabbled with open source software and hardware for remote environmental monitoring, saving his department both time and money.
A student team’s autonomous solar powered boat is vying to be the first to complete an east to west transatlantic passage using renewable energy alone.
The Rainforest Foundation UK is giving 30 indigenous and local communities the power to protect their land from illegal extraction activities.
The world’s oceans are drowning in plastic - but an ingenious solution might be able remove a sizeable portion of it.
A duo of UAVs designed by the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich are helping researchers gather valuable data on climate change and agriculture.
Do you want to exchange mission critical data quickly and inexpensively, from anywhere on Earth?
Iridium’s next generation constellation will soon be fully operational. What changes will our customers see? How will the Rock Seven product offering differ?
The AirCore is a simple yet innovative atmospheric sampling system that works on the same premise as a solid core sample.
You may have heard of telescopes perched on mountains or orbiting the Earth, but did you know that some telescopes hitch rides on balloons?
Octanis created a reusable, autonomous, solar powered and open source rover that could be used for any low-cost Antarctic exploration mission.
A multinational, multidisciplinary team designed and built a network of autonomous underwater vehicles that drastically cut research costs while greatly advancing our knowledge of ocean fronts.
The High Altitude Photography Platform was built to capture 360-degree, 4K video from an altitude of around 30 km (100,000 ft). It’s backyard aerospace engineering at its finest.
Our compact, lightweight tracking system receives green light to help enable new sustainable fishing strategy in Queensland Australia
In a proof of concept for a manned Venusian mission, a team of engineering students from nine different countries will integrate their RockBLOCK assisted experiment into a REXUS/BEXUS program rocket.
Prof. Kirk Martinez from the University of Southampton collects glacier data in Iceland using dGPS and custom sensors, then uses RockBLOCKs to send this data back to Southampton for analysis.
Over the last week one of our Directors, Nick Farrell, has been onsite in New Zealand with Tracplus. As part of the trip, Nick and some of the Tracplus team made a visit to HeliOtago - one of their first RockAIR customers.
Network Innovations and Rock Seven form new tracking technology partnership. Rock Seven’s robust and versatile hardware to enable new, cost-effective solutions for Network Innovations customers
We've updated our manuals and moved them to an online service that allows for easier access and updating on the fly.
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Rock Seven and Blue Sky Network partner to deliver asset tracking at sea, on land and in the air. The RockFLEET vessel tracking system will be integrated with Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based SkyRouter™ fleet management and operation portal.
Via our aviation partner TracPlus USA Inc, we are pleased to announce that the RockAIR flight tracker has been approved by the United States Fire Service (USFS) for use on airborne fire-fighting operations, effective immediately. The RockAIR brings satellite and cellular tracking together in a portable carry-on, carry-off form factor at a much lower cost than traditional dual-mode solutions. Tracplus’ Chief Innovation Officer, Chris Hinch commented "We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring the revolutionary capabilities and affordability of the RockAIR to the US firefighting market. With nearly ten years of global customer experience and insights in airborne firefighting built into the RockAIR, USFS's approval of the RockAIR is a hugely satisfying validation of our technology and recognition of our commitment to our customers operating in this critical market."
Dual mode tracking over GSM and satellite with added communication functionality supports safety and improves logistics in remote and hazardous environments
Rock Seven offers users the ability to connect to all Gill meteorological sensors, taking key data on a regular basis and transmitting it over satellites at an affordable price. Alongside the meteorological data, the Rock Seven ‘RockFLEET’ unit also transmits position data – particularly useful where installed on buoys or other equipment that may move position either accidentally or by design. By getting regular position reports, you can receive early warnings if your equipment is moving off-station. RockFLEET is designed to provide global tracking and M2M/IoT (Machine to Machine / Internet of Things) data communication from anywhere in the world.
The new RockAIR is a versatile dashboard mounted system integrating a unique feature set including dual Iridium®/GSM operation, back up battery and integrated SMS/email functionality Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven has unveiled RockAIR, the latest addition to its global tracking technology portfolio. Available now, RockAIR delivers regular GPS location reports from anywhere in the world over the Iridium® satellite network or GSM, helping to improve flight safety by accurately tracking the location of a light aircraft at user defined intervals.
Rock Seven adds compatibility for the cloud-based data ecosystem Thingspeak - reduces requirement to operate own data infrastructure
Our Russian partner MVS recently told us a great story about an ingenious use of our RockSTAR tracking units.
New miniaturised RockBLOCK system delivers global data connectivity for any application, with a design footprint approximately half the size of the current RockBLOCK product.
The Sky’s the Limit for British Tracking & M2M Tech at Ocean Business 2017 - the Rock Seven team will be on-hand throughout the show to detail application-agnostic approach to satellite tracking and communication technology
Enabling least cost routing between Iridium satellite and terrestrial GSM networks for position and M2M data
The UK-based Iridium® satellite tracking and communication specialist Rock Seven has appointed MVS Telecom as its Russian distributor. The appointment is a result of Iridium receiving a licence to operate its satellite services for Russian users following completion of a new Iridium ground station in the country. MVS Telecom will launch Rock Seven’s RockSTAR and RockFLEET products through its nationwide dealer network, providing access to new users on land, air and at sea.
RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. Arctic and Antarctic use of Rock Seven’s Iridium satcom devices helps to reduce cost of remote environmental research while showing viability for critical commercial applications.
We would like to offer our congratulations to NESLAB who have won the best photo competition in GSBC 2016. They are a college student working group that designs, builds, and launches high altitude balloon platforms to develop near space activities such as earth and space observation within the framework of the UPC Space Program. They use our RockBLOCK product to provide telemetry from their balloons in order to check their health, and locate the units when they come back to Earth.
We have received a great new case study from Epsom College, involving an autonomous boat, a naval destroyer and a RockBLOCK!
The Laboratory for Cryospheric Research is dedicated to the monitoring and understanding of the frozen earth including glaciers, ice caps, ice shelves, snow and sea ice. The facility was opened in September 2007 with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Research Fund and University of Ottawa. Laboratory members are undertaking research across northern Canada, including monitoring glacier changes in Kluane National Park, examining ice shelf and sea ice interactions along northern Ellesmere Island, and measuring glacier and ice cap dynamics across the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The Laboratory for Cryospheric Research is based in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa, and directed by Dr. Luke Copland.
For the last 15 years, we have been using Iridium's original constellation of satellites to give us truly global data coverage for our customers. Over time, technology changes and improves, and we are pleased to see that Iridium are moving forward in their plans to replace the entire 66-satellite constellation over the next 2-3 years - providing a solid and stable platform for Rock Seven's products and services over the decades to come!
We are pleased to announce that Sparkfun are now an official distributor of the RockBLOCK unit in the USA. The RockBLOCK allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky. It works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks. Perfect for the electronics hobbiest or maker who wants to transmit weather information from mid-ocean, or use it to control your robot in the middle of the desert?
Rock Seven, in collaboration with ABP Southampton, Gill and Hydrosphere has launched a new Solent weather website to support safety and voyage planning for all Solent users, both professional and recreational: http://www.rock7.com/wind
‘Big Data’ has become part of the maritime lexicon in recent years. It’s hailed as the answer to achieving operational efficiencies, and is part of the reason that the demand for bandwidth at sea continues to grow. Consider 'small data' as well though - Machine to Machine communication, also known as M2M – delivering automated reports and statistics for instance – which can be leveraged to understand vessel performance better.
Rock Seven refreshes the RockBLOCK global Iridium messaging system, used in diverse commercial applications
ActivitySense allows RockSTAR and RockFLEET devices to transmit at different rates, based on their motion. This article takes a look at how it works, and the benefits to your business.
Firmware Update Introduces New Motion Based Location Transmissions for RockFLEET Vessel Tracking System - Cost management in focus as Rock Seven introduces significant new functionality
Automatic switching from Iridium to mobile networks enables lower operational costs and more applications
New Data Communication Module for RockFLEET Vessel Tracking System Introduces Telemetry and Control Functions - Improving vessel and cost efficiency with Pay As You Go ‘smart shipping’
Rock Seven Partners with FlightAware to Offer Enhanced Global Flight-Tracking Service. Business aviation operators using RockSTAR and RockFLEET units can now benefit from industry-leader FlightAware’s web-based global aircraft tracking features.
Rock Seven launches global fleet management and messaging system with no annual contract, based on an innovative, ultra-compact tracking unit