Common Questions

Everything you need to know

What is the Myriota Network?

The Myriota Network is a world-first low power, ultra-low cost global IoT solution that eliminates location and price as barriers to the deployment of connected devices anywhere in the world.  

What kind of satellites do you have and how many?

Myriota uses three satellites operated by our partner exactEarth, allowing us to process a huge number of messages at ultra-low cost. These satellites have been delivering Myriota messages to customers since 2017.

In December 2018, we launched our advanced payload software on board SpaceQuest’s BRIO satellite. This brand new satellite is currently being commissioned for service.

Our constellation will grow by a further three satellites starting late 2019.

At what frequency does Myriota transmit?

You can purchase variants of the Myriota Module for either UHF or VHF transmission. Both variants receive on UHF.  

Download our Product Brief for more detailed information on the capabilities of the Myriota Module, including the frequency specifications.

What is the size of the messages I can send?

The Myriota service is based on short messages, ideal for Internet of Things applications. The Myriota Network supports messages as short as 20 bytes. This saves power and is cost effective.

Need to slim down your sensor data? The Myriota Module has on-board storage and a microcontroller for data pre-processing and compression. Get in contact, our team can help you optimise your data usage.

How often will my device see a satellite?

With our current service, each device gets at least 4 satellite passes per day. If there are no messages to send, the Module will remain in sleep mode to conserve battery.

On average, a device has approximately 9 minutes to send messages as the satellite moves overhead, and the Myriota Module will send as many messages as required during this time.

Stay tuned – as we expand our constellation, the number of satellite passes per day will increase.

How long will my messages take to arrive?

Once your message has been collected by the satellite it will typically take 1-2 hours for it to be transferred to the cloud and distributed. The exact latency will depend on the location of your device.

Stay tuned – as our constellation and ground segment grows, latency will reduce until we reach our ultimate goal of creating the world’s first real-time, 24/7 direct-to-orbit IoT platform!

Are my messages secure?

Absolutely, we take data security seriously. All messages in the Myriota Network are authenticated, and encrypted over-the-air and on the ground with AES-256.

(For the crypto nerds out there, we use CBC with ciphertext stealing for encryption and HMAC-SHA256 for authentication).

Are my messages private?

Using Myriota’s unique, patented secure private messaging technology, the Myriota Module does not transmit any identifying information, such as terminal IDs, as plain text. This means both your data and the identity of your devices are secure.

What is the expected battery life of a Myriota-enabled IoT device?

The Myriota Module has smart power features that deliver exceptional battery life. It maintains awareness of the Myriota satellite constellation via an orbital model, wakes and transmits only when a satellite is overhead, and it uses intelligent scheduling and specially designed radio waveforms to ensure reliable delivery at minimum power. The Module also exploits the latest advances in ultra-low power IoT electronics. We have developed a sophisticated model to accurately predict battery life, and have validated it through extensive lab and field tests, giving you confidence that your battery will last for years.

Application specific activities such as frequent sensor reading, frequent use of GPS positioning, and scheduling large numbers of messages can influence battery life.

Download our Product Brief for more detail on power consumption, or contact us for help designing your application to maximise battery life. We can assist you to predict battery life and design with confidence.

What type of battery do I need for the Myriota Module?

The Myriota Module can be powered by a wide range of readily available, low-cost batteries and power sources. For example, you can power the Myriota Module using just two 1.5V batteries, the kind you get from the supermarket.

Download our Product Brief for more information on module requirements.

What can I use the Myriota Module for?

The Myriota Module can do much more than you may think. It provides a flexible platform for running your own application software, providing the capability for a wide range of standard sensor interfaces, edge processing, data logging, data compression, event triggering, and smart power management.

Can I use the Myriota Module as a modem?

Yes, the Myriota SDK provides a modem example application which can be used as-is, or built on to meet the specific needs of your application.

How much will it cost?

We offer a number of pricing plans for use of the Myriota Network, check out our Pricing page to find the plan that works best for you.

Got big plans? We want to speak to you. Contact us for volume pricing that will get you up and running quickly and cost-effectively.

I’m convinced, what's next?

Whether you’ve got an existing product, or the next game changing idea, our team is ready to help. We can assist you to integrate our technology into an existing product, and bring new ideas into reality.

Start your product journey here, or get in contact to discuss your needs.