Adelaide-based satellite connectivity company Myriota has joined forces with Brisbane firm eagle.io to provide a system for water metering from space.
The new agreement was launched at the 2019 IoT (internet of things) World Conference in California and will provide a global software and telemetry solution aimed at water management by farm operators as well as national governments.
Myriota chief executive Dr Alex Grant said this partnership would link the eagle.io cloud-based IoT platform with Myriota’s secure, low-cost satellite connectivity.
The eagle.io platform now manages alerts from more than 100,000 environmental sensors.
“In addition to providing accurate, tamper-proof and auditable data, the partnership will minimise undue costs on users while maintaining maximum levels of data security and privacy,” Dr Grant said.
Ben Starr, chief executive of eagle.io, said that, currently, data from water meters are collected manually and infrequently.
The partnership with Myriota will improve the capability of non-urban water meters and end manual collection, he said.
“With drought and climate change on the rise, satellite technology is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to coverage and connectivity, which is why we’re excited to see the impact that our technology and Myriota’s capabilities will have for us globally,” he said.
For this project, Myriota and eagle.io will work with data logger manufacturer MIoT, with Myriota integrating the MIoT module into their Captis product line. Eagle.io will construct a feature for device configuration and management for the Captis.
Myriota emerged from the University of South Australia in 2015 to commercialise research conducted by Dr Grant and David Haley, now the company’s chief technology officer.
The company has developed a range of remote area connectivity solutions. For example, its water tank level monitoring system allows farmers to see water tank levels on their smartphone.
Data goes by nanosatellite from the tank to the cloud and from there to the farmer. Although other satellite operators can provide this type of service, Myriota says it can do it far cheaper.
For this sensor system, Myriota teamed up with Davey Water Products. Myriota was also part of the Australian Livestock Spatial Innovation Program.
Eagle.io builds software platforms for monitoring, processing and distribution of data from data loggers. Its cloud-based systems are used by industry and government.
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