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Myriota signs IoT agreement with Australian Space Agency


The Australian Space Agency has signed an agreement to collaborate with local space startup Myriota to enhance Australian satellite IoT capabilities. Australian Space Agency deputy head Anthony Murfett said the statement is designed to highlight how private sector companies are contributing to the growth of the industry.

“Myriota is a global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, and their use of nanosatellite technology is used to solve issues affecting everyday Australians, including water and agricultural management in regional Australia,” he said. “Combined with their commitment to education and diversity in Australia’s growing space sector, Myriota closely aligns with the vision outlined in Australia’s Civil Space Strategy,” Murfett added.

Myriota is building a constellation of low earth orbit nanosatellites capable of scaling to support billions of IoT devices. Dedicated Myriota low power IoT modules securely transmit data to the nanosatellites without the need for additional gateways, towers or other ground based infrastructure.

Myriota modules have an expected battery life of years. The data is then transferred to a global network of satellite ground stations and sent to the cloud. Data from the modules is available globally via Myriota's cloud APIs. The Myriota network has applications across industries including agriculture, logistics, transport, maritime, defence, mining, utilities and the environmental sector.

For example, the network is already being used by the Australian Institute of Marine Science to monitor Australia's coastline. Myriota currently uses three satellites operated by automatic identiication system (AIS) satellite provider partner exactEarth.

The company has incorporated payload software to a new satellite being commissioned for service by US spacecraft components and engineering company SpaceQuest. Myriota has ambitious growth plans for the next few years, with goals including adding 25 satellites to its constellation by 2022, including three new satellites to be added this year. Dylan Bushell-Embling, Commsday