Environmental Management


Reliable, pole-to-pole coverage

Ground Control support Government and Environmental agencies, and research initiatives with reliable, global connectivity.

Working with innovative partners who provide Environmental monitoring software and manufacture various sensors, we help satellite-enable solutions so they can send and receive data in real-time, at all times.

From enabling Tsunami early warning systems, to wildlife tracking, to supporting scientists’ understanding of the impact of climate change – we’ve got your connectivity needs covered.


The RockBLOCK suite

Our RockBLOCK suite of transceivers can be used to send and receive short serial messages through the Iridium satellite network and back to Earth. Connected to sensors, they deliver plug-and-play satellite communication, meaning if you have a clear view of the sky, your solution / project stays connected.

Already supporting conservationists tracking lions in Namibia; meteorologists releasing high altitude weather balloons; oceanographers measuring waves, wind speeds and temperatures via data buoys and much more, the small robust RockBLOCK, satellite-enables applications so they work anywhere in the world.

“In the world of conservation you often find yourself in situations where you need to work with what you’ve got. Many times, that’s not much! We are very happy to achieve these results in such a short time and to see them produce results better than we could have hoped for.” – HackThePoacher.com, using the RockBLOCK.

Environment & Water monitoring

Blocked, overflowing systems can cause flooding, erosion, turbidity, storm and sanitary sewer system overflow, and infrastructure damage. Combining Powered Telemetry Modules (PTM) with RockBLOCK transceivers, the data received via time lapse cameras, water level gauges, rain gauges, and weather gauges, companies can predict where issues may occur and implement preventative measures as appropriate.

Animal Tracking & Conservation

With pole-to-pole coverage and 99.9% uptime, Ground Control’s robust, lightweight devices and satellite connectivity are ideal for monitoring the welfare of endangered species and their habitat. We work with partners responsible for lion tracking collars and organisations preventing illegal poaching and deforestation with sophisticated monitoring systems. The latter, use satellite connectivity to send an image and relevant location following the detection of movement.

Meteorological Sensing

From high altitude weather balloons to data buoys, road weather sensors to atmospheric pressure sensors, the amount of data captured by meteorological sensors is extensive. We support Environmental agencies and researchers measuring glacier thickness, testing the quality of drinking water, and even plotting the best trajectory for shipping fleets; with satellite and cellular connection services built into ruggedized equipment that can tolerate extreme conditions.

Drone Connectivity

There are a growing number of Environmental applications that benefit significantly from drone usage including surveillance and meteorology. Ground Control supports UAV and Drone operators with critical Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) communications, to allow constant connectivity with minimal latency with your airborne drones, delivering real-time flight programs and course alterations.

Why work with Ground Control on your environmental projects?

Fully featured APIs

We make it easy for you to activate, suspend, deactivate and review billing information programmatically via your own system. Using our fully featured API, you can take full control of your devices and integrate them with your own platform.

Live tracking data

Cloudloop, our online platform, enables you to efficiently manage assets, monitor alerts and status updates and set up geo-fences to provide early warning if a device has gone inside/outside a certain area.

Global community

You’ll find plenty of people developing and sharing code around the RockBLOCK series of products, in addition to our own extensive developer docs. That means it’s super simple to get your project satellite-enabled.

Value-added partners

We work with a number of exceptional companies, both for hardware devices such as the Explorer 323, and for software applications for specific use cases. Our partners allow us to offer end-to-end solutions for almost any Event.

Pole-to-pole coverage

Wherever you travel on the globe, as long as you have a clear view of the sky, Ground Control's solutions will be able to track your location and transmit vital telemetry back to base. Many of our devices leverage the L-Band frequency which is unaffected by rain fade, so work in all weathers.

Competitive pricing

If you’re testing a concept and/or only need a small number of devices and airtime, we’ve got you covered. We have a line rental and credits-based option which means your costs are completely transparent and you can’t exceed your limits.

Environmental solutions that work anywhere

Whether you have your own Environmental monitoring and reporting software, or are an OEM responsible for manufacturing meteorological sensors, if you want to explore integration options with Ground Control's satellite connectivity devices, we'd love to hear from you.

Simply complete the form and one of our experienced team will contact you.