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SA startups join forces to safeguard wind farm turbines

  • Nanosatellite IoT company Myriota and wind farm listening device startup Ping.services develop unique acoustic surveillance tool
  • The device aims to transform how wind farms are managed and maintained Global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, Myriota, has partnered with Ping.services to deliver wind farm monitoring. 

It is necessary for wind farm owners to keep a close eye on their wind turbines, to identify when a fault or damage occurs. By identifying faults early, it’s possible to reduce the severity of damage, and so reduce maintenance costs. Ping has developed a patented listening device that is set to solve a $5 billion industry maintenance problem. By measuring acoustic signatures, its technology is able to record turbine damage and then advise turbine owners. 

Myriota connects huge populations of long battery life IoT devices by sending small packets of data at an ultra-low cost, from any location worldwide, with CEO and co-founder of Myriota, Dr Alex Grant, saying he was excited to see how the partnership between Myriota and Ping would unfold. 

“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,” Alex said.

“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’s patented device has an algorithm that rates the health of a turbine based on its acoustic signature, and monitors changes over time.

Spun out of acoustic engineering consultancy Resonate Consultants, Ping’s CEO Matthew Stead said that the partnership with Myriota was an exciting next step in the company’s development.

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

The partnership news comes as 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 this year.

About Myriota

Myriota is a low-cost satellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider that has solved the remote IoT connectivity challenge. Myriota connects huge populations of long battery life IoT devices by sending small packets of data, at ultra-low cost, from any location on the planet. It is this groundbreaking technology that enables a whole new range of IoT applications. From monitoring water tanks in outback Australia, to asset tracking and logistics worldwide, Myriota is making global IoT a reality.

About Ping

Ping is a world-first software and service platform created for the acoustics sector. From noise-mapping drones collecting data in previously impossible locations, to software which calculates, automates and graphically represents multiple data sets in a stunning way, ping has the ability to literally transform the way you work, while future-proofing your consultancy. Ping.services is being adopted by consultancies and engineers over the world to shave thousands of project hours, helping them work smarter and enabling them to create beautiful and accurate visualisations, winning more work as a result.

 

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