In times of uncertainty, many companies scale back on innovation and R&D activities to cut costs, which can be counterproductive to business growth. The most successful businesses have innovation at the heart of everything they do – they continue to invest in innovation, transform strategy and take risks, even when times are tough.
For this reason, we’ve made it a priority to support the Gravity Challenge 2.0 over the past few months, to partner with businesses, innovators and like-minded individuals from across the world who share Pivotel’s passion for driving innovation. Operating in the role of technology partner and mentor for Gravity Challenge participants, we aim to increase awareness of how satellite and IoT connectivity can enhance lifestyles, increase business productivity, and save lives in emergency situations.
Pivotel strives to enhance the lives of people and communities by helping them stay in touch and remain confident they can safely live, work and play in rural, remote and maritime environments. We work closely with our partners to stay at the leading edge of developing and deploying solutions that ensure connectivity, anywhere in the world.
Many Australians, particularly those in regional and remote locations, have experienced devastating challenges this year, which have been further exacerbated by a lack of critical connectivity. Australia’s bushfire crisis earlier this year is a clear example of this and demonstrates how satellite technology is essential for enabling remote internet connections, messaging, monitoring and tracking solutions.
This year’s Challenge 2.0 has seen start-ups, universities and well established businesses develop new and exciting ideas on how to best leverage satellite technology to the solve complicated real-world problems experienced by organisations operating across rural and remote environments.
We’ve already had some constructive conversations with participants about how satellite IoT connectivity can be implemented to aid and solve the challenges faced by rural communities – which for me, has really brought home the enormous power of satellite technology. It’s all too easy to forget the positive impact satellite technology has on people across the world. At Pivotel, we’ve made it our mission to continue to partner with leading organisations to bring new ideas to life which drive innovation and ensure this positive impact continues well into the future.
Take Farmbot for example, an innovative water monitoring technology for farmers operating in some of the most remote locations in Australia. Pivotel partnered with Farmbot to drive innovative agriculture practice using a unique satellite IoT service which enables farmers to track water quality, levels, pressure, flow, rainfall and much more in near real-time. This technology has improved the day-to-day agriculture practice for so many farmers across the country.
Another great example of satellite technology in action is Pivotel’s recent work with IOR Petroleum (IOR). It is business critical for IOR to operate its full-service fuel management system outside of cellular coverage and simultaneously ensure the safety of its workers. Using an integrated system of mobile satellite devices, Pivotel was able to provide satellite coverage of IOR’s remotely located assets and support close monitoring of workers with little access to cellular connection.
A key takeaway from this year’s challenge is the importance of working towards a more connected future. I’d encourage participants of the Gravity Challenge who haven’t already been in touch to reach out to our team to discuss how we can help to drive innovation and bring your complex solutions to life using satellite technologies.
In the world of technology, we must never stop aiming to create, innovate, and inspire. It’s what drives us as an industry and in life.