Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:04

South Australian start-ups join to monitor wind farm turbines

Myriota chief executive Dr Alex Grant holding a nanosatellite frame. Myriota chief executive Dr Alex Grant holding a nanosatellite frame. Supplied

South Australian start-ups Myriota and Ping.services have teamed up to offer monitoring of wind farms by using an acoustic surveillance tool.

A joint statement from the two companies said wind farm owners needed to monitor their wind turbines, to identify when a fault or damage occurred. Identifying faults early means a reduction in the degree of damage and lower maintenance costs.

Ping.services manufactures a patented listening device that can measure acoustic signatures, record turbine damage, and then advise turbine owners.

Myriota makes tiny low-cost satellite transmitters that send low-powered messages directly to a constellation of low-earth-orbit nano satellites. These satellites then relay the messages to earth where they are decoded and sent to the end user.

Its devices can connect huge populations of IoT devices by sending small packets of data at an ultra low cost, from any location worldwide.

Myriota chief executive and co-founder Dr Alex Grant said: "The application of Ping’s innovative monitoring solution combined with Myriota’s unique, low-cost application of IoT devices will no doubt reduce the time turbine owners spend manually checking their products.

“With many wind farms located in areas with little to no connectivity, our monitoring solution allows companies to easily monitor their assets – regardless of location.”

Ping.services chief executive Matthew Stead said: “We are beginning field tests for our first set of devices at Snowtown Wind Farm next week, and are set to have commercial units available for use at the start of 2019.

“The partnership with Myriota will enable us to roll out long life IoT devices and satellite communication.”

Myriota raised US$15.6 million in Series A funding from investors, including Boeing Horizon X Ventures, Singtel Innov8, Main Sequence Ventures and Right Click Capital, in March.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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