From time to time the manufacturer will release new versions of the software which runs on your GPS tracker (called firmware).  The latest firmware for a RockFLEET is version 3.3.12 (please find the release notes at the end of this article).


These will often provide minor bug fixes to address problems which have been discovered, and often include new features or adjustments to functionality.


Upgrading firmware should only be carried out after the advice of a member of our staff, or where directed by our documentation.


By upgrading you will be wiping the software and settings which makes the unit work, and replacing it with new software. In very rare circumstances, for instance if the upgrade is interrupted, it can result in a tracker becoming inoperable – we therefore advise that it should not be carried out immediately before you need to use it in the field!


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RockFLEET Device


To Upgrade the RockFLEET Firmware


  1.  Download and install the Rock7 Connect App. There are iOS and Android versions available.
    The iOS version is available here Rock7 Connect iOS
    The Android version is available here Rock7 Connect Android (Note: there may be issues with earlier versions of Android devices)

  2. Turn on either Network, Wifi or Mobile Data on your phone.

  3. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone.

  4. Start up the R7 Connect app on your phone.

  5. Tap 'Yes - this is my tracker' in the R7 Connect app.

  6. Select the RockFLEET device from the list of available Bluetooth items.

  7. Go to Advanced->Firmware and tap 'Update.'

  8. Unlock the device with 1 2 3 4 and tap 'Unlock Device.'

  9. Tap 'Update' at the top right of the screen.


If there is a firmware update available, the RockFLEET will start downloading it through your phone's internet connection. This may take up to 15 minutes to complete and during this time the phone will need to remain in the proximity of the RockFLEET to finish the download.


Once the download is completed the RockFLEET will automatically start to install. This will take a couple of minutes and you may need to restart the app when completed.


The RockFLEET will now be upgraded with the latest firmware. To check what version is installed on the RockFLEET unit go to About->Firmware Version to see.


After upgrading, the tracker’s settings will be retained but we recommend that you double check your configuration and set your desired tracking frequency etc.


In the rare case that your RockFLEET becomes unresponsive after a firmware update please use the 'reset magnet' supplied with your RockFLEET. Place the magnet against the side edge of the RockFLEET and slide it around the RockFLEET twice. You will hear an audible click and beep, followed by the LED flashing while the RockFLEET restarts.


Should you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact the TracPlus support team on support@tracplus.com or call us on +64 (3) 477 8656.


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3.3.12 Release Notes


SOG Monitoring (GPS errors):


These features depend upon SOG monitoring in order to adjust their state to correspond to being above/below a particular speed threshold:


• Fixed wing Taxi ing/Takeoffs/Landings

• Airborne vertical speed alerts

• Hover/Flight mode

• Auto Deactivation


Invalid GPS data over prolonged periods caused speed to be interpreted as zero leading to possible erroneous changes of state. State changes now occur only when supported by prolonged valid GPS data.


GPRS Log Upload:


Corrected an issue where some log files uploaded to Rock 7 via GPRS were corrupted (since V3.1.0).


Tracking Failures:


Corrected some conditions that can occasionally lead to automatic transmissions stopping. Some example cases:


• Deactivation/activation with, in particular, the activity+SOG feature enabled and burst mode fix rate set toward the faster end of its spectrum.

• Location refresh requests from the Connect App every 10 seconds whilst the tracker unable to obtain a GPS position fix.



SD card Insertion/Removal:


Improved reliability when experiencing frequent Insertion/removal of the SD card (i.e. that caused by mechanical vibration).



GPS failure at Deactivation:


Corrected a condition where particular configurations could cause a GPS fix to fail to complete, leading to failure of any further transmissions until the tracker is reset. The failure can happen when:-



GPRS with limited-power mode:


Corrected an issue where if a tracker was configured for limited power, and allowed to hibernate in GPRS mode so that GPRS communication was lost, it was not re-established when the tracker awoke. If awaking for a GPRS transmission then this would fail although if the tracker remained awake then the communication would eventually be restored.



Power Loss Deactivation with Power Loss Alert:


Corrected an issue where a simultaneous power loss deactivation and power loss alert (when configured) could cause a tracker to become unresponsive.

(Note: Only Griffin E boards are vulnerable to this issue)



Iridium/GPRS Contention:


Corrected an issue where transmissions became inhibited until a tracker reset, experienced in the following scenario:


• GPRS set as default transmit carrier.

• Deactivation immediately after an activation (mail check queued).

• Absence of Iridium network (mail check continuously retried)

• Re activation before deactivation is complete (contention between GPRS re initialisation and iridium transmit).


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