Aussie space start-up to support farmers’ water security monitoring

Stephen Kuper

South Australia-based Myriota has partnered with Davey Water Products to develop a world-first tank monitoring solution to help Australian farmers during periods of drought. 

Myriota, global leader in nano-satellite internet of things (IoT) connectivity, and Davey Water Products, pioneer of water pump technology, are partnering to level the playing field for regional and remote industries with a breakthrough new product.

The partnership will see Myriota’s state-of-the-art, cost-effective and battery-friendly satellite technology added to Davey’s cutting-edge TankSense product range, enabling farmers to receive water level data direct to their mobile phones.

The new product will be the first mass market water-level sensor to be connected via Myriota’s low-cost earth-to-satellite transmission technology. It will assist farmers to manage water usage and provide peace of mind around livestock water supply.

Myriota CEO Dr Alex Grant said that the partnership is delivering real benefit for farmers who have either faced exorbitant costs for satellite connectivity in the past or struggled to reliably monitor their water systems via existing technology.

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“Our technology removes the need for farmers to rely on cellular networks with patchy coverage, or spend large sums of money to connect to high-cost satellites,” Grant said. 

Davey’s sensors are bolstered by their inbuilt AI capability, which rely on algorithms to increase the accuracy of predictions around when a tank will run out of water.

Joel Gresham, general manager for innovation of Davey Water Products, said that the combination of TankSense product with Myriota’s technology would provide a world-first in terms of communicating with regional locations.

Gresham said, “Thanks to Myriota’s low-cost satellite technology, farmers who have traditionally needed to manually check their tanks will now be able to monitor their assets seamlessly from any location.”

The news comes as Myriota late last year launched its next generation of technology on Spaceflight’s SmallSat Express mission aboard Falcon 9 to aid the fight against Australia’s drought.

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