Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:01

Myriota launches developer toolkit for ‘direct to orbit’ IoT access

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Nanosatellite Internet of Things connectivity vendor Myriota has launched its developer toolkit aimed at accelerating the availability of IoT technology across the global tech community and enabling developers to integrate direct-to-satellite communications technology with IoT products.

Myriota says the toolkit was extensively tested over the last six months by members of its early access partner program across Australia, Europe and the US, including by Australia’s first smart waste management platform, Smartsensor.

Myriota co-founder and chief technology officer Dr David Haley said the toolkits provide a complete, mature platform for the rapid development of satellite IoT solutions, from smaller developers to  multinational businesses alike.

“We’re excited to be putting the power of IoT into the hands of those able to apply it most effectively - the developer community,” Haley said.

“Enabling a myriad of applications, the Myriota Developer Toolkit supports the development of innovative IoT devices for a wide range of industries. It will enable developers to add the lowest cost, most secure and longest battery life IoT connectivity to their products for truly remote applications.”

The developer toolkit costs A$849 per unit and can be purchased via the Myriota website.

At this stage, Myriota says the toolkits can only be purchased in Australia, but there are plans to expand this rollout to other locations in the future.

With 275 million tonnes of plastic waste being generated globally, including 31.9 million tonnes of mismanaged plastic coastal waste, Myriota says Smartsensor is using the toolkit to create a world without waste.

“Keeping our cities clean and green isn’t an easy endeavour thanks to a global population increase causing more congestion and overflowing bins” said founder and chief executive, Leon Hayes.

“Myriota’s toolkits have unlocked our ability to access low-cost IoT connectivity and track more bins than ever before. We’ve been able to take the step of expanding globally thanks to this rollout.”

“The ease of use of Myriota’s SDK combined with big data and analytics has seen us use the developer toolkit to quickly develop deployable connectivity solutions for our remote assets; improving not only operational waste management for councils and contractors, but the environmental impact that such waste can cause.”

Water Group, a provider of smart metering solutions for the water and gas industry, also participated in the early access program, with Smart Metering & IoT manager Rian Sullings saying the deployed units were already having an impact.

“With increased stress being placed on our water supplies, particularly in drought-stricken rural areas, there has never been greater demand or greater capability to monitor water – our most precious resource,” he said.

“Traditional terrestrial wireless networks cover only around one third of Australia, but we’re now able to connect to the previously unconnected – monitoring critical water infrastructure no matter where it is located. Using Myriota's direct-to-orbit connectivity, our digital water metering solutions can operate practically anywhere; collecting vital data on our water networks, and enabling data analytics and efficiency improvements.”

For more information on the Myriota toolkit click here.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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