Myriota prepares for big 2020 on back of stellar 2019

Max Blenkin

Adelaide-based satellite connectivity company Myriota has outlined a series of achievements for 2019 with an eye on growing well into the new decade.

Myriota prepares for big 2020 on back of stellar 2019
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Significantly, Myriota has partnered with global manufacturer Motherson to mass produce its Myriota Module, a key component of its system to link ground applications by way of satellite.

Production is already under way at the Motherson facility in South Australia with millions of the matchbook-sized modules set to be turned out over the next five years.

This module allows for third-party integration with a large range of sensors and devices, communicating directly with Myriota’s nanosatellites to provide sensor data updates to a wide range of businesses including farmers and miners.

“Our partnership demonstrates that manufacturing capabilities in South Australia, which once primarily served the automotive industry, have diversified into new sectors, including Australia’s growing space sector,” Myriota coalition-founder and chief technical officer Dr David Haley said at the time.

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Myriota has also partnered with Queensland agriculture technology company Goanna Ag to produce satellite connected rain gauges and tank level monitors.

That means farmers can monitor rainfall and water levels in remote tanks anywhere, without the need for internet coverage or mobile phone connectivity.

As well, the company has now moved in to its new headquarters in the McEwin Building in Australia’s home of space in the Lot Fourteen technology precinct in Adelaide.

“In the past year, Myriota has been growing — helping customers and partners around the world. The new headquarters will support the Myriota team and partners as the company enters its next phase of growth,” the company said.

“We're thrilled to welcome our new neighbours, the Australian Space Agency to the McEwin Building.

“Earlier this year, Myriota signed a statement of strategic intent with the Australian Space Agency to expand Australia’s growing space industry. In 2021, the Australian Mission Control and Space Discovery centres will land on the ground floor of the McEwin Building.”

Myriota emerged from the University of South Australia in 2015 to commercialise research on internet of things (IoT) connectivity conducted by company founders Dr Alex Grant and Dr Haley.

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 goers from the tank or gauge to orbiting nanosatellite and then to the cloud and from there to the farmer. Although other satellite operators offer similar services, Myriota said it can do it far cheaper.

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