Truly global connectivity for Environmental monitoring
Ground Control helps deliver Environmental initiatives and projects that work anywhere, reliably.
Through our proprietary hardware, trusted hardware partners, and satellite and cellular connectivity options, we ensure data can be sent and received in near real-time, at all times.
From automated landslide monitoring, to preventing illegal deforestation, to smart flood monitoring and alerting, we’re well equipped to support your critical communications needs.
We work with Environmental software providers and OEMs, to satellite-enable solutions for Government and Environmental agencies, worldwide.
With virtually real-time updates, pole-to-pole coverage, and 99.9% uptime, Ground Control’s robust, lightweight devices and satellite connectivity is ideal for any project with assets in remote areas, or those experiencing spotty terrestrial coverage.
Initiatives live today:
Plug-and-Play Satellite Transmitters
Transceivers are compatible with Arduino, Windows, Mac and Linux computers, including Raspberry PI, and many other platforms with serial or USB ports. They are also relatively low cost, with airtime that can be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis, or contracted - great flexibility for developers while testing.
The exceptional low power consumption (1W idle) of the Hughes 9502 makes it possible to provide end-to-end IP connectivity to sites that are off the grid. Moreover, the EXPLORER 540 combines BGAN M2M with cellular connectivity in the same terminal, giving users the opportunity to choose the best carrier for any location. With real-time control and about 1200 millisecond latency, EXPLORER 540 terminals are well suited to Utility smart grid, seismic warning sensors and weather applications, over a global area.
Two-way Messaging & Tracking
Alternatively, the RockFLEET Tracker, is designed for installation on assets such as yachts and vehicles and has an optional LTE Narrowband unit. This allows the use of terrestrial mobile phone networks when possible, automatically switching to the global Iridium satellite network when these are unavailable, for a truly cost-effective solution.
Why work with Ground Control for your satellite connectivity needs?
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.
We work with a number of exceptional companies, both for hardware devices such as the Kymeta u8, and for software applications, for example, spectator viewing platforms. Our partners allow us to offer end-to-end solutions for almost any requirement.
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.
From the home of the RockBLOCK in the UK, to our US headquarters in Atascadero, CA, wherever you are in the world, you’ll be able to speak to one of our expert team to get the support you need for your project.
Design and build
We are proud to manufacture the Rock series of products, giving us control over the whole process, and maintaining the highest production quality. We can also customize devices to customers' needs, and your feedback shapes our roadmap.
Satellite-enabled Environmental solutions
February 9, 2023
BGAN M2M’s role in soil moisture monitoring to help combat climate change
As well as optimum vegetation and crop management through soil moisture monitoring, measuring soil moisture also helps to inform our understanding of how the natural environment responds to climate change. Here’s how the BGAN M2M service is supporting this initiative.
August 11, 2021
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting with Obscape
A Government Agency responsible for coastal, stormwater and catchment management has assigned Ground Control customer Obscape to assist with reporting on areas such as – monitoring and reporting on catchment management, flood risk areas, storm drains and drainage ditches with the aid of the RockBLOCK.
May 23, 2022
Delivering Coverage and Reliability for ASC’s Tsunami Early Warning System
As a critical communications network, there was never any question that ASC’s early warning system would need to utilize satellite connectivity, both for the coverage requirements and network reliability. Commercial terrestrial power and communications networks tend to perform poorly in a disaster – either through overuse or damage to their infrastructure.
August 5, 2021
Automated Landslide Monitoring
Slide Sentinel is a fully automated landslide monitoring system using RTK. It regularly monitors landslide activity with high spatiotemporal resolution and centimetre-level accuracy for long-term deployments. Measuring this way aids in early warning information and limits the use of invasive and expensive drilling.
October 13, 2022
How RockBLOCKs can transform IoT projects with global connectivity
Cellular connectivity only covers 15% of the globe. Learn how the RockBLOCK suite can help simplify IoT expansion with pole-to-pole connectivity.
July 21, 2021
Space-Bound Instrument Packages
Edorado High School sends instrumentation packages, called Eagles, to the edge of space and transmits back temperature, pressure, and GPS data, as well as live video. In all, twenty different data channels are telemetered back to ‘Mission Control’ in the classroom.
August 3, 2021
Off-Grid Fire-Prevention Systems
RockBLOCK is a versatile, compact, low-power and dependable way of sending and receiving data from remote homes. It uses the Iridium satellite network, giving truly global coverage and is a vital part of fire prevention systems.
August 7, 2018
CU Boulder / NOAA AirCore
Introduced in a paper published eight years ago in the American Meteorological Society, the AirCore has proven itself a robust atmospheric sampling device used with balloons and other airborne assets.