Technology that started life at UniSA and which can provide access to small amounts of data from any location on the planet, at very low cost, has been named new business of the year.
Using low earth orbiting satellites, Myriota’s technology has a raft of applications from enabling outback graziers to remotely monitor livestock water tank levels, saving the farmer hundreds of kilometres of travel, to helping environmental agencies monitor ocean temperatures as part of climate change research.
Based on the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), Myriota was born out of advanced technologies developed at UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research. It has won the New Business award at this year’s South Australian Telstra Business Awards.
Myriota’s revolutionary technology combines low cost, long battery life, micro transmitters with small (20cm x 20cm) low earth orbit satellites to communicate over very narrow bandwidths. It is this complete direct-to-orbit communications platform that enables global IoT connectivity at a cost base not achievable by any other platform.
Earlier this month, Myriota “stole the show” at world’s largest internet of things summit held in Silicon Valley, where it was named Best Industrial Start Up Company and crowned second best start up company overall.
The company was formed in 2015 with backing from UniSA Ventures and Canadian maritime tracking company exactEarth Ltd, allowing full commercialisation of the technology.
Dr Alex Grant, Chief Executive Officer of yriota, innovator and former researcher at UniSA says the latest acknowledgement is fantastic.
“We are proud of our R&D origins at UniSA and the Institute for Telecommunications Research. The ground-breaking technology developed there has led to our low cost global IoT connectivity platform,” Dr Grant said.
“This award from Telstra shows we are turning award winning technology into an award winning business – and that is a good thing for continued economic development in this State.
“We have successful deployments in the field now, and to see the business evolve from an idea at a university research institute, into a ground breaking communications solution, is very satisfying.”
Myriota’s technology is being deployed across a wide range of industries that need cost effective remote communications for IoT applications. Myriota is actively engaged with companies across agriculture, defence, the environment, maritime, transport and logistics, mining and utilities monitoring.