Protecting Journalists in Remote and Hostile Environments

Journalists can easily find themselves out of reach of cellular network coverage, unable to communicate with their editors or confirm their whereabouts. Under these circumstances, a discreet, easy to use, reliable means of sending and receiving messages, and pinpointing the journalist’s location is vital.

Satellite connectivity solves this challenge, and devices like Ground Control’s RockSTAR provide the means; as long as it can see the sky, journalists will be able to transmit their message, data and position back home. Leveraging the Iridium Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation ensures that coverage is highly reliable, even when far out of the reach of mobile network range.


“…recent events have taught us that journalists… can be exposed to real-life security risks. At this unpredictable moment, diligent security practices are essential.” – Esther Chan, First Draft

As well as protecting lone workers for whom a small sized and lightweight device is often important, Ground Control equips cars, trucks, trailers, and RVs with mobile satellite internet, so if you’re heading out to report on the aftermath of a natural disaster, or cover incidents taking place in remote areas, have a look at Ground Control’s Toughsat Mobile Satellite Internet System.

One more consideration for journalists is to look for satellite connectivity that works while you’re on the move, which could be essential if you’re covering fires, floods or earthquakes. Ground Control works with multiple OEMs and satellite network service providers to bring you the best choice for all budgets.

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