The Iridium Edge 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. Maybe you want to transmit weather information from mid-ocean? Or use it to get telemetry back from an oil well? Perhaps you need to communicate in an emergency, when other networks might not be available? We can help you.
Iridium Edge has a built-in power regulator and can accept between 9-30v DC. At the heart of the unit is an Iridium 9603 modem. The Iridium Edge hosts the 9603 and provides it with an antenna, and its power supply requirements. It exposes the modem’s serial interface via RS-232.
Our RockBLOCK+ product is very similar to the Iridium Edge. There are some key differences though, which may guide your choice, and these are illustrated in the table below.
Regardless whether you choose the Iridium Edge or our RockBLOCK+ unit, both come with access to our 'Core' management system, allowing you to receive data via HTTP POST, easily see message traffic and diagnose issues, and manage your airtime usage quickly and easily online.
|Powered By||3m 9-30v DC input||20cm 9-30v DC input|
|Built in Antenna||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||300 grams||320 grams|
|Size||4cm high, 13cm diameter (+cable)||3cm high, 13cm long, 8cm wide (+cable)|
|Waterproofing||IP68 certified (submersible up to 5m indefnitely)||IP67 certified (submersible up to 1m for 30 minutes)|
|Ideal For||External use||External use|
|Cable Options||Side exit with either tails, DE9 or USB, 3m-15m cable||Bottom/side exit with M12 8-pin male, 20cm cable|
|Pricing||from £209.00||from £249.00|
Line rental is paid in blocks of 1 month, and allows the Iridium Edge to exchange information with the Iridium satellite network. You only pay for months in which you wish to use the Iridium Edge. No annual contract is required. Line rental costs £10.00 per month and includes access to The CORE management system for managing your devices.
Credits are used each time you transmit. 1 credit is used per 50 bytes (or part thereof) of message sent or received. 1 credit is also used if you check your mailbox and there are no messages waiting (A mailbox check). Credits do not expire, even if you are paying no line rental. Credits are shared/pooled between all of the devices on your account
Please note, whilst our pay-as-you-go tariffs offer great flexibility for development purposes, we know they are not suitable for everyone. If you are planning a large deployment of devices (100+) and are willing to commit to airtime contracts of 12 months or more, please get in touch. We have access to various tariffs which may suit you better.
|Bundle||per Credit||Bundle Price|
Iridium is the only satellite network that allows transmission of information from any point on Earth – other networks have no coverage in the polar regions, and have intermittent or no coverage in other marine and land areas.
Iridium has 66 satellites in orbit around the Earth, allowing coverage anywhere on Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No other satellite network has truly global coverage. Messages sent via Iridium take just seconds to reach you, via e-mail or directly to your web-service.
The sleep signal is internally pulled high on the RockBLOCK and RocKBLOCK+ products, so you can leave it disconnected if you want to leave the modem 'awake' all of the time.
To turn 'off' the modem, pull the line to ground.
If you are using the SBDRT command, and the modem appears to 'hang' when you issue the command, it is probably due to flow control configuration. The default state for the RockBLOCK and RockBLOCK+ units has flow control turned ON in the modem. When running in 3-wire serial mode, flow control should be turned OFF, which will ensure you get responses to your requests.
Use the command AT&K0 at the start of your command sequence. This turns flow control off, and should solve the problem.
RockBlock was used as a command and control module, to enable the ground team to send commands to the high altitude rocket when out of GSM coverage
The pupils at Sutton Grammar School made an ocean drifter to to measure wave parameters and currents. RockBLOCK sends the data back from the middle of the ocean.
Andrew Ashe together with Mikal Hart (author of the fantastic IridiumSBD library for Arduino) has successfully tracked a balloon, and been able to recover its payload thanks to RockBLOCK.