New water technology has its eye on monitoring remote tanks 

Posted 6 July 2017
A new piece of water technology the size of a credit card can help monitor water tanks in remote areas of Australia. 

The device, a satellite transmitter developed by Australian startup Myriota, enables users to access information about their remote water tanks without the need for ground-based communications infrastructure

The device is simple, cheap and can be installed in about five minutes, said Myriota Principal Engineer for Cloud Architecture Andrew Back. 

“We have designed this product to be as simple and robust as possible,” he said. 

“Anyone who can use a set of pliers and zip ties will be able to install these devices. The communications technology is advanced, but it needs to be very easy to use.”

Myriota has developed a web-based app that enables users to view their water tank levels via a computer or smart device, and they can set alerts according to their needs, said Myriota’s Business Development Executive Tom Rayner.

“Sensors will collect tank level data and Myriota’s transmitter will send that data direct to low-Earth-orbit satellites,” he said.

“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 per day.”

Myriota is aiming for an entry-level service price of $1 to $2 per month, CEO Alex Grant said. 

Merrick said it was not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels.