Introducing GroundControl: USB Setup for iPads and iPhones, Managed in the Cloud

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[Editor's note: Folks, for the last nine months or so I've been working on a pretty big project, and today I'm happy to help reveal it to you. Much of what I've learned has come from this community. Thank you! And if you are in Atlanta at AirWatch Connect, please stop by the expo and say hi.]

GroundControl is a new system for streamlining iOS deployment, launching today. Plug in a USB cable, and GroundControl supervises, restores a base image, and installs configuration profiles, on out-of-the-box iPhones and iPads and without a screen touch. The multiple "Launchpad" base stations are managed by the cloud, helping ensure a consistent experience no matter how large your deployment is. If you like, think of it as "Configurator in the cloud".

Perhaps the best way to get a feel for the product is to take a look at the demo video below:

Visit the site for an FAQ and a signup for a trial. If you have questions please ask.

-- Aaron

The press release follows.

GroundControl, a New Mobile Deployment Technology Presented by Tekserve, Debuts at AirWatch Connect 2014

Software System Streamlines Enterprise iOS Device Deployments

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GroundControl™, a USB-delivered automation solution designed to supervise, name, enroll and baseline fleets of enterprise iOS devices, will make its debut at the AirWatch Connect show, September 8 – 11. Representatives from Tekserve (booth 102), a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals, will be available to discuss and demonstrate the product and its capabilities.

Created exclusively for the enterprise market, GroundControl’s touch-free deployment method simplifies the way companies provision supervised mobile iOS devices, such as an Apple® iPad® or iPhone®, to its employees, stores, branches or other locations. By delivering a solution that enables control and supervision of iOS devices by IT departments, customers can centrally automate the supervision and initial configuration of unlimited numbers of iOS devices. This radically simplifies and eliminates many of the challenges related to deployment, updating and securing devices throughout an enterprise. The result is that corporate mobile strategies can be more easily realized, securely deployed and implemented.

This groundbreaking, robust solution offers users a simple, straightforward and highly repeatable process for the deployment and configuration of entire fleets of iOS devices. GroundControl complements and enhances any existing MDM (Mobile Data Management) product and provides superior management of company-owned iOS devices.

GroundControl delivers rapid changes to deployed devices at a very large scale. This allows IT management to quickly respond to changing business requirements and move ahead with forward-thinking innovations with confidence. By putting the control back into the hands of the enterprise, GroundControl provides cloud-based management with a safe, repeatable solution and the confidence needed to implement large-scale creative mobile strategies to drive its business forward.

In conjunction with its cloud-based management system, GroundControl offers three USB “Launchpads.” The software-based Launchpad Mac is aimed at IT departments and office environments. The Launchpad Micro is ideal for wide deployment in retail and field offices. And the multi-port Launchpad ES deploys en masse in warehouses and depot.

In addition, GroundControl’s simple plug-and-play design ensures that end users require no specialized training to successfully use the system. Companies can feel confident employing a provisioning system that works globally with no constraints from various ISPs or wireless data carriers.

Additional features of GroundControl include:

  • Creation of unlimited number of payloads of content and settings
  • Distribution of additional Launchpads to scale
  • Flexible policy-controlled automation
  • Extensive logging and audit trail

For more information about GroundControl, visit or call 212-929-3645. You can also follow all of this product’s latest news on Twitter (@groundctl).

Apple®, iPad® and iPhone® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

About Tekserve

Tekserve delivers a broad range of enterprise services, solutions and products to support the technology needs of businesses in fields ranging from finance and retail to media and entertainment. Employing best in class products from a wide range of technology manufacturers, Tekserve helps clients by identifying, engineering, deploying and supporting the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.


D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
Lauren De Bellis, 631-659-2309, ext. 13
Senior Account Executive


Jeffrey Marino, 212-929-3645
Mobile Enterprise Specialist

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