Maritime satellite tracking, telemetry and communications
At best, cellular coverage extends about 15 nautical miles (28 km) out to sea, so if you’re travelling away from the coast, you’ll need a satellite-based solution for your maritime connectivity requirements. From IoT data to voice calls, Ground Control has you covered.
Ground Control has supplied fishing trawlers, yacht races, fisheries, data buoys, container ships and military vessels with tracking, telemetry and communication solutions since 2002. We design and build our own devices, and work with a wide variety of partners to ensure that we can deliver precisely the right combination of hardware, airtime and data you need.
Vessel tracking and telemetry
Why work with Ground Control on your maritime connectivity requirements?
We design and build our products
We started building satellite connectivity devices for yachts because we're enthusiastic sailors, and wanted a reliable, low-cost, tracking and two-way communication solution. Everything we build has been thoughtfully considered, and we can customize our devices where needed, too.
Fully featured APIs and documentation
You can use Ground Control's online platform to track your vessels, or you can use our APIs to plug this data into your own proprietary software. We have many software partners who do just this, layering over weather data, proximity alerts etc. to deliver a complete solution.
Cloudloop device management
Using Cloudloop, you can track your vessels in real-time, set up geofences, raise the alarm if communication falls out of normal parameters, and much more. You can manage your devices remotely, and see what airtime is being used, preventing bill shock and keep costs down.
If you have multiple vessels to track, data pooling is going to save you a lot of money. With this solution you can give all of your devices access to the same pool of data, making it much less likely that any device will go over its airtime allocation, and preventing bill shock.
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.
20 years experience
We've been doing this for a long time, and we're here to help ensure you get the best solution for your vessel monitoring, tracking, and communication needs. We'll provide you with expert, objective advice prior to sale, and expert, lifetime support post-purchase.
July 19, 2021
Promoting Marine Security with the RockSTAR
We provide RockSTAR units to a large number of marine security and anti-piracy firms worldwide. They provide accurate tracking, allowing the position of your teams/vessels to be monitored while in transit. They also give a secure and private means of communication for onboard team leaders.
July 21, 2021
Vessel Monitoring System Regulations
Vessel monitoring systems (VMS) are used by an increasing number of private and commercial maritime organisations for varying purposes. Systems will have requirements to transmit anything from location information to messaging, catch reporting, and emergency alerts.
January 10, 2015
M2M Communication for Smaller Vessels
‘Big data’ has become part of the maritime lexicon in recent years. It’s hailed as the answer to achieving operational efficiencies, and is part of the reason that the demand for bandwidth at sea continues to grow.
December 15, 2014
GSM Module Adds Least-Cost Data Routing
A new GSM module developed for the recently launched RockFLEET vessel tracking system introduces least cost routing functionality via terrestrial networks, giving users the opportunity to transmit position data via Iridium globally and switch to terrestrial networks when in range.
July 23, 2018
Mapping Ocean Fronts with Robotic Fleets
Led by Dr. João Borges de Sousa of the Laboratório de Sistemas e Tecnologia Subaquática (LSTS) of Portugal, a multinational, multidisciplinary team of scientists have designed, built, and deployed seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in the North Pacific Subtropical Ocean Front using the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor.
November 18, 2019
Pivotel Meets Tracking Regulations with RockFLEET
The proven RockFLEET global tracking and messaging system has been selected by Queensland Fisheries as an approved device within mandated schemes to install Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) on all commercial fishing boats in Queensland, Australia.
July 12, 2018
RockFLEET Approved by Queensland for VMS
The proven RockFLEET global tracking and messaging system, manufactured by Ground Control, has been selected as one of four approved devices in a mandated scheme to install a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to all commercial fishing boats in Queensland, Australia.
September 5, 2018
The Ocean Cleanup
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