When you send or receive small packets of data (hundreds of bytes) in difficult geographic areas, Iridium SBD may solve your problem. It uses the Iridium satellite network, which has truly global coverage, and provides a vital means of communication for M2M applications.
It is ideal for remote weather stations, ocean drifters and buoys, monitoring of oil pipelines, controlling and reporting on equipment in the middle of nowhere. For basic telemetry and command/control applications where mobile signals don't go, it's ideal.
Iridium SBD is designed to move small packets of data, a few hundred bytes, from the middle of nowhere. If you're looking to send photos, videos or large files, Iridium SBD is not for you!We are SBD specialists. Whether you have existing Iridium equipment you're looking to get airtime for, or you need help and advice on the best way to solve your particular problem, we're here to help. Get in touch today - we're friendly, knowledgeable, and we won't baffle you with technology.
RockBlock/SBD 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/SBD 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.