Satcoms' role in sustainable development

Satellite communications support many initiatives designed to protect our environment; from monitoring renewable energy to wildlife tracking, to supporting scientists’ understanding of the impact of climate change.

Our partner Inmarsat has some fantastic examples of how satellite connectivity has had a positive impact in helping nations achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), some of which we’d like to share with you here:

  • Satellite-based Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) were implemented in Indonesia to improve the safety of fishermen, and to locate the best fishing grounds, leading to shorter trips and reducing illegal and unreported catches
  • In the Philippines, BGAN broadband data terminals and satellite phones were distributed to help relief agencies and first responders communicate more effectively in the event of a disaster; they proved their worth in ensuring a faster and more coordinated response.
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“In the fourth industrial revolution — where we’re talking about big data, artificial intelligence, [and] machine learning — getting that data out is essential … and satellite communications has an essential role in several of those different domains.” – James Cemmell, Inmarsat

Further examples are abundant: improving the forecast of desert locust invasions; water resource management in drought-afflicted areas; tracking natural disasters and their impact to improve response times and recovery efforts, and helping agencies predict the trajectory of these events. Even the Ebola virus has been tracked to help contain outbreaks using satellite technology (source:

Ground Control is proud to support the work of environmental agencies; through our proprietary hardware, trusted hardware partners, and satellite and cellular connectivity options, we’re well equipped to support your critical communications needs.