Little pieces of data in very remote locations - via GSN
Industry analysts have estimated that global M2M revenue will grow to $ 1.2 trillion by 2022. It’s certainly a progressive industry; M2M devices seem to get smaller by the day and can be found attached to everything from animals, personal items, and industrial assets. In tandem, there is also development in the route options for the data that is being collected and transmitted, writes Andrew Spence and Georgina Elrington.
GSN for satellite monitoring in remote areas
There is an unmet need for collecting data from remote areas - at an affordable price point, proffers Myriota’s chief executive officer, Dr. Alex Grant. While there are existing satellite services in place, they are expensive in terms of the device needed on the ground and the service fee to access satellite. To help access small pieces of data from very remote locations Myriota, a new company, intends to use low earth orbit satellites - over a GSN ( Global Sensor Network ) - to provide two- way data connectivity for remote sensors and devices. This covers industries such as oil and gas exploration, agriculture, environmental monitoring, and defence. The Southern Australian company will use the first half of 2016 to develop prototype devices. It is being helped commercially by a Canadian company, exactEarth, which is a space hardware company COM DEV and vessel- tracking organisation. “That [ partnership] has given us a very rapid pathway to offering this service potentially globally very quickly,” Dr. Grant said. “The first generation [ of devices] will be something like the size of a credit card. The second generation in subsequent years will be a further miniaturisation to really open up the set of applications for collecting the data. Not only do we need to show the technology working, we need to show the benefit of having access to the data where there is currently no access.” The developers of the GSN say that the new system would provide automatic monitoring of the environment and infrastructure from remote field- based sensors via satellite. These sensors collect data and transmit it via low earth orbit satellites. For example, sensors attached to pipelines would instantly detect leaks and breakages and communicate their exact location to authorities. “We think there’s a market segment that is currently not really served and that is really an opportunity and it’s quite exciting - we believe we have a technology edge and one that is addressing a latent market that is really waiting for an economic solution,“said Dr. Grant. He’s not alone in that thinking. Stephen Rodda, chief executive officer of UniSA’s commercialisation arm, UniSA Ventures, said that Myriota could make a significant contribution to telecommunications services globally and make an economic impact locally, potentially spurring the growth of businesses in a number of industries. ITR’s acting director, Jeff Kasparian said that Australia’s challenge in managing huge areas of resource- rich, yet often inaccessible and remote land and water, where monitoring technology is extremely expensive was the impetus for the technology. Connecting low orbit satellites with thousands of remote, low cost sensors through software and system design elements, the GSN uses advanced techniques and architectures that help to lower the cost per unit of each measurement taken and transmitted. Currently, the technology has been licensed to investors for the maritime sector.