Lit­tle pieces of data in very re­mote lo­ca­tions - via GSN

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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.

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