RockAIR Dual Mode Tracking

  • January 17, 2019

Using a locally sourced cellular sim card, or global cellular sim provided by us, that is loaded with cellular data, you now have the option of sending tracking reports once every 15 seconds, whenever you’re operating in cell range. The best part? There’re no additional charges for these faster reports.

Traditionally, when you purchase a bundle of credits from us to operate your tracking device, every single position report will use 1 credit. Now, with the option of cellular tracking, these messages won’t diminish your credit pool. Instead, these cellular positions are free of charge. You can even have your RockAIR send these cellular position reports faster than satellite ones to make sure you don’t burn through your credits too quickly!

The immediate benefit is cost savings, however, it is also a very useful safety feature. With the incredible cellular coverage the world is now experiencing, search areas for aircraft using cellular tracking will now drastically decrease. By using the power of dual sat/cell tracking, you get complete peace of mind regardless of the location you’re flying in.

For example, if you are flying at 100 knots using a satellite only device to transmit at a typical 2-minute interval, your potential search area is roughly 116 sqkm (72sqm) if something were to happen. However, if you were using a dual mode device, such as a RockAIR, and you were reporting within cellular range at 15 seconds, the potential search area is significantly reduced to a very small 1.9sqkm (1.18sqm)!

The RockAIR intuitively changes between satellite and cellular modes as well. If the unit is struggling to retrieve a cellular signal from it’s GSM antenna, then it will stop trying to send via cell and will switch to satellite tracking – seamlessly. There will be no downtime during this switch.

Dual mode tracking is incredibly easy to set up as well. Here’s how:


1. Open up RockCONNECT on your smartphone or tablet.

2. Select the RockAIR you’d like to connect with, assuming it’s turned on of course.

3. Select ‘Configure’ then type in ‘1234’ if prompted for a pin.

4. Select ‘Tracking > Satellite Context’ and change the ‘Transmit Frequency’ to your preferred Satellite tracking rate.

5. Select ‘Tracking > Cellular Context’ and change the ‘Transmit Frequency’ to your preferred Cellular tracking rate.


And that’s it! You’re ready to send tracking reports on either Cellular or Satellite.

If you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out and our support team will gladly assist you in any way they can. 

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