Satellite comms company Myriota to open Adelaide IoT lab


Friday, 16 February, 2018


Satellite communications company Myriota has announced it will invest $1.36 million in an ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Laboratory’ in Adelaide, creating more than 50 new jobs in IT and advanced manufacturing in the process.

Founded in 2015 to commercialise technology generated at the University of South Australia, Myriota has developed an ultralow-cost satellite IoT service based around tiny satellite transmitters that send low-powered messages directly to a constellation of low-Earth-orbit nanosatellites. These satellites relay the messages to Earth, where they are decoded and sent to the end user.

Myriota’s technology makes IoT possible for a wide range of remote industries, with current deployments including asset tracking and monitoring, agricultural water monitoring, environmental monitoring and more. Last September it was announced that the company was one of two selected to help develop the equivalent of a Black Box for soldiers, known as a ‘Fight Recorder’, in a $700,000 deal with the Australian Department of Defence.

Myriota’s investment in the new IoT lab will be matched by a grant from the South Australian Government’s Future Jobs Fund, which will allow the company to integrate its satellite IoT solution into a wide range of global products and services. Jobs to be created at the lab include highly skilled software and hardware developers, data networking and satellite communications professionals.

“This new IoT lab will enable us to build on our core technology and apply it across a wide range of industries including agriculture, defence, utilities, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and logistics,” said Myriota CEO Dr Alex Grant.

Dr Grant believes the IoT industry is set to boom across the globe and that Myriota has the potential to create significantly more advanced manufacturing jobs over the coming years — and to undertake production runs of millions of units for export.

“Our low-cost IoT system has been deployed in field trials for months now, and there are hundreds of companies here and overseas interested in using our product to provide connectivity for a huge range of applications,” he said.

“Our system works from any location on earth, and we look forward to taking our product global.”

Image caption: Myriota CEO Dr Alex Grant with one of Myriota’s low-cost, long battery life satellite transmitters.

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