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SA satellite start-up begins water tank monitoring trials

Myriota, a South Australian satellite start-up, has teamed up with the University of New England and the Australia and New Zealand CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) to carry out trials of low-cost livestock water tank level monitoring.

The company's connectivity technology will be used by graziers to monitor water points by using satellite-enhanced transmitters, irrespective of their location.

Once the trials are done, the company will have an indication of hos cost-effective it is.

The project comes under the CRCSI Australian Livestock Spatial Innovation Programme (ALSIP). It will help Myriota use its remote Internet of Things (IoT) technology at sites throughout the country.

Myriota’s Tom Rayner said: "These new trials will deploy about 30 Myriota transmitters connected to sensors that will measure livestock water tank levels around Australia.

“Sensors will collect tank level data and Myriota’s transmitters will send that data direct to low-earth-orbit satellites.

"From there, the message will be transmitted to the cloud where the data will be interpreted and sent to the grazier. The tank levels will be updated at least twice a day.”

The six-month project will see the first deployments later this year.

Professor David Lamb of the University of New England Precision Agriculture Research Group said the trials could show the technology to be a game changer in remote connectivity.

"The purpose of the trial is to demonstrate Myriota’s remote IoT platform,” he said.

"There is a huge number of agricultural applications that will benefit from this technology and we are pleased to be working with Myriota to develop the product through to commercialisation."

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