How to Locate Fleet Vehicles after the Apocalypse with Iridium Satellite Tracking

With all the talk about the apocalypse we thought it would be fun to think about fleet tracking after the apocalypse. If the world were to end today, would you be able to locate your vehicles and assets tomorrow? Cellular networks would likely be jammed, or completely down, making normal GPS tracking devices unable to communicate with their servers. However, you could technically still track your vehicles using Iridium Satellite communication if you have the satellite add-on installed on your vehicles.

With all the talk about the apocalypse we thought it would be fun to think about fleet tracking after the apocalypse. If the world were to end today, would you be able to locate your vehicles and assets tomorrow? Cellular networks would likely be jammed, or completely down, making normal GPS tracking devices unable to communicate with their servers. However, you could technically still track your vehicles using Iridium Satellite communication if you have the satellite add-on installed on your vehicles.

What is Iridium Satellite Tracking?

The Iridium network consists of 66 satellites that are separated into six orbital planes in Low Earth Orbit. This constellation of satellites provides coverage worldwide, providing that the devices have line-of-site to one of the satellites. GRG’s Iridium solution utilizes an Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) modem in order to send and receive small packages of data over the Iridium network.

GRG’s Iridium solution is a third party system that integrates with the GO product and is compatible with Geotab’s GO4V3 and GO6 devices. It is an external modem that connects to the GO device and provides a robust failover system that allows for assets to continue to send positional updates and be monitored while operating in remote area’s out of cellular coverage.

How would this benefit me (especially after the apocalypse)?

Apocalypse or not, there are significant reasons to equip your vehicles with Iridium Satellite capabilities.

  • Coverage Anywhere – Regardless of whether your assets are in or out of cellular coverage, you know that you will be able to still receive real- time updates on your assets whereabouts.
  • Man-Down Functionality – GRG integrated a Panic feature with the Iridium add-on that, when triggered, sends a top-priority message over the Iridium network to MyGeotab – GRG’s software solution. When the driver triggers the panic, the GO device starts to beep…indicating to the driver that the message has been sent. When MyGeotab receives the message, it sends a reply back to the vehicle and the device stops beeping, letting the driver know that MyGeotab has received the message.
  • Cost efficient Data – GRG’s Iridium solution is a failover system, meaning that the GO device will only send data over the Iridium network when the GO cannot send data through the cellular network. GRG strategically designed the GO to only send certain data over the Iridium network in order to maintain manageable costs but still receive reliable data updates from assets.

The world will be very different after the apocalypse, but your fleet operations don’t have to be. Iridium Satellite Tracking will make your fleet apocalypse-proof, but more importantly it will make your fleet safer. Give you and your drivers peace of mind that someone will know when and where they are if an accident occurred working in remote areas with poor cell coverage.

To Learn More about GRG’s Iridium Satellite Tracking system goto:  https://www.grggps.com/solutions/gps-tracking-device/iridium-satellite-tracking/