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Myriota next-gen tech launched to support IoT satellites

Myriota next-gen tech launched to support IoT satellites

Stephen Kuper

Adelaide-based Myriota has partnered with SpaceQuest and SpaceX to launch next-generation, direct-to-orbit communications for internet of things devices, adding to the company’s growing constellation by testing and demonstrating its IoT network. 

Myriota is rolling out its next-generation technology that will continue to grow direct-to-orbit communications for hundreds of millions of IoT devices thanks to Tuesday's successful launch of SpaceQuest’s BRIO satellite.

Launched as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, the satellite will be delivered to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket; adding to Myriota’s growing constellation by testing and demonstrating its IoT network.

Co-founder and chief technology officer of Myriota, Dr David Haley, said the new satellite payload would complement Myriota’s existing satellite constellation while introducing a forward link to terminals, increasing device battery life and improving communication efficiency.

"We are committed to delivering superior satellite connectivity and today’s launch is a valuable step in developing our direct-to-orbit communications capability. New and existing devices using Myriota technology will benefit, and we’re excited to see the impact across a variety of different sectors," Dr Haley said. 

The launch is an important step towards the creation of the world’s first real-time, 24/7 direct-to-orbit IoT platform; giving Myriota the capability to collect data from many millions of small IoT devices globally – such as sensors and asset trackers – and contribute to the business rapidly scaling from trial to commercial applications.

The successful launch also coincides with Myriota’s recent milestone of achieving 250,000 data messages received from a wide range of customers since May last year.

The satellite will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit, providing regular and recurring communication opportunities multiple times per day, and place Myriota’s technology into the hands of industry heavyweights and developers to enable ultra-low-cost and scalable IoT from anywhere on the planet.

Agriculture has positively benefited from the launch, with Goanna Ag chief operations officer Tom Dowling saying that farmers are becoming more reliant on data driven insights due to challenging drought conditions.

"Farmers are more reliant than ever on data driven insights to support their day-to-day water management, and there’s a real need for precise irrigation scheduling and optimised water use efficiency," Dowling explained.

The water management company is set to launch a number of projects with Myriota, with Dowling saying that he was excited about the impact that a growing constellation would have on these initiatives.

"Connectivity, cost and coverage remain problematic for us, and we need to solve this problem – at scale before we’re able to access the value of data analytics. We are really looking forward to finalising sensor integration and getting sensors out in the field connected to the Myriota satellite service," Dowling explained. 

Founded in Adelaide in 2015, Myriota is a low-cost satellite IoT connectivity provider that connects huge populations of long battery life IoT devices by sending small data messages, at ultra-low-cost, from any location on the planet.

From monitoring water tanks in outback Australia, to asset tracking and logistics worldwide, Myriota is making global IoT a reality.

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