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IOT firm Myriota wins $1.5m Moon to Mars grant

Internet of things business Myriota has been awarded $1.5 million by the Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Initiative.

The company said the funding would support the development of a small and cheap communications payload that can provide radio communication in “off-world environments”.

Myriota products connect small devices on the ground to nanosatellites in space.

Its tech is currently used by businesses in industries such as agriculture, transport and mining for uses as diverse as tracking animals and vehicles, measuring soil moisture or navigation aids.


“IOT-driven field intelligence is transforming Australia’s economic landscape, with solutions across industries projected to increase productivity significantly,” said Myriota.

“In agriculture, smart farms are poised to deliver annual benefits of $22 billion by enhancing crop and livestock yields, reducing wastage and livestock mortality, and optimising operational processes.

“These advancements not only demonstrate the potential of IOT to revolutionise sectors but also highlight South Australia’s innovation hubs as crucial drivers of technological progress and economic growth.”

Enrico Palermo, head of the Australian Space Agency, said the project was an example of how Australian innovation can contribute to global space missions while improving lives on Earth.


“This is an investment in more than just the development of a new payload for space – it’s an investment in the Aussie ingenuity and capability that is essential for a Future Made in Australia, delivering space-enabled intelligence to improve outcomes for sectors impacted by climate change including agriculture.”

Myriota also unveiled an “immersive experience centre” at Lot Fourteen that allows visitors to interact with internet of things tech.

The Myriota Habitat hopes to bring together “integrators, manufacturing partners, end-users, and STEM students”.

“Myriota was amongst the cohort of the first tenants populating Lot Fourteen as it was first established,” said Diane Dixon, Lot Fourteen state project lead.

“The launch of the Myriota Habitat helps amplify our state’s technological and STEM capabilities, supports the creation of more jobs and reinforces our leadership in innovation.”

“Myriota is a great example of how Lot Fourteen businesses are building groundbreaking solutions that are successfully exported on the global stage.”

The Moon to Mars Initiative is a government program investing $150 million over five years to grow Australia’s space sector.

It aims to support NASA’s Artemis mission, which will attempt to return humans to the moon before proceeding to Mars.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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