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Maritime Digitalisation & Communications

Rock Seven and Network Innovations team up to produce vessel tracking hardware

Mon 09 Jul 2018 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

Rock Seven and Network Innovations team up to produce vessel tracking hardware
NI RockBLOCK delivers internet of things solutions

UK-based Iridium satcom specialist, Rock Seven, has teamed up with Network Innovations (NI) to supply the field hardware for NI’s expansion into internet of things (IoT) applications in the aviation, maritime, government and land mobile sectors.

The reseller partnership with Rock Seven enables NI to provide a suite of adaptable and efficient asset-tracking solutions that deliver a strong return on investment (ROI) to its customers.

Network Innovations’ vertical market solutions portfolio will expand through its partnership with Rock Seven by incorporating RockAIR, RockFLEET, RockStar and RockBLOCK into a dynamic suite of value-added tracking and IoT solutions.

The dual-mode Iridium/cellular RockAIR and RockFLEET tracking devices enable improved aircraft, vehicle tracking and vessel/fleet optimisation.

RockAIR and RockFLEET could ensure delivery of customer ROI by enabling least cost-routeing of location and sensor data from any point on Earth. The handheld RockSTAR two-way messenger draws upon the Iridium satellite constellation to ensure full two-way communication even when users are out of terrestrial network range.

The RockBLOCK enables NI to directly integrate with OEM solutions and enable the OEMs to improve the value of their products and services to their customers.

“By utilising Rock Seven’s hardware platforms, we are able to deliver complete IoT solutions to our customers faster,” said Network Innovations vice president of IoT and aviation, David Wigglesworth.

“While the hardware is designed for specific vertical markets, it contains a common core for configuration and programming which enables us to reduce the costs and timeline to develop our customer solutions. Enabling customers to achieve strong ROI is a core part of Network Innovations’ strategy to deliver IoT solutions that drive customer value,” he said.

“We’re pleased and excited to be teaming up with Network Innovations. NI has a long history and large global customer base in commercial and government entities. Their push into IoT solutions makes NI a perfect partner to team with supplying our hardware as NI delivers complete end-customer solutions,” said Rock Seven director Nick Farrell.


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