Commercialisation and Products

With a long history of successful collaborative projects, the Institute for Telecommunications Research could be the right choice for your next partnership.

With a commitment to achieving end user context to our research, we place a high value on breakthrough research that enables new technologies, applications and commercialisation opportunities. These include software, firmware and hardware, as well as access to patent outcomes and other intellectual property.

The Institute for Telecommunications Research has the experience to either lead or work in partnership as part of a team. Some of our commercialisation outcomes have included:

  • Myriota Pty Ltd.

A new company which will revolutionise machine-to-machine (M2M) communications across a range of industries, capitalising on University of South Australia telecommunications research, has been launched by shareholders, including UniSA.

Commercialising new technologies developed by UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research, the new company founded in 2015, Myriota Pty Ltd will use low earth orbit satellites to provide two-way data connectivity for remote sensors and devices. Industry analysts have estimated that global M2M revenue will grow to $1.2 trillion by 2022.

Dr Alex Grant, Chief Executive Officer of Myriota, says these services have a range of applications which can benefit ecosystem management, monitoring of climates, defence, national security, maritime, mining, agriculture and more.

UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd describes the formation of Myriota Pty Ltd as one of the most significant industry and university collaborations to take place in Australia.

  • Cohda Wireless

Spin-off company developing high speed mobile broadband products

Cohda Wireless used Institute for Telecommunication Research developed signal processing techniques as the basis for successful start-up in 2003.

Cohda Wireless Chief Technical Officer, Dr Paul Alexander, is a former PhD student and employee of the Institute for Telecommunications Research with two other co-inventors of the original work, Professor Alex Grant and Professor Lars Rasmussen, both key researcher at Institute at the time.

Building on our initial work, Cohda Wireless is developing technology that enhances mobile broadband wireless performance via advanced digital signal processing technology. The company's solutions overcome the limitations of existing and emerging IEEE802 wireless standards to deliver drastically increased range, the ability to operate in outdoor, non line-of-sight environments, and high-speed mobility, fundamentally altering both the performance characteristics and economics of wireless deployments.

This young and dynamic company maintains strong links to the Institute for Telecommunications Research and UniSA, and stands to make a real difference in the area of efficient, reliable mobile broadband communications.

The main application area targeted by Cohda is broadband communications for mobile applications, most specifically 'First Responders' (including police, medical, fire and other emergency services).

  • High Rate Satellite Demodulator

Product development for a Netherlands based company

There are an ever increasing amount of satellites being launched with instrumentation on board that allows detailed information to be received (including optical, infra-red and radar sensors). As the demand for increased information and instrumentation resolution grows, the corresponding burden on communications systems to quickly and accurately transfer the information to the ground increases.

In late 2002, the Institute for Telecommunications Research joined with  Satellite Services BV SSBV to develop a fully programmable demodulator capable of multi-satellite missions with data rates to approximately 320 Mbit/s. The result was a significant improvement on our previous second generation product and was badged ERSDEM-2.5

So successful was this development with SSBV that they sponsored a successful ARC Linkage project to develop a third generation product, ERSDEM-3, capable of simultaneous multi-channel reception and data rates up to 1 Gbit/s. The concepts have been proven, and the product is being finalised ready for sale.

This project is an excellent example of good research and engineering expertise interacting with a company with good technical capability and access to markets.


In the past the Institute for Telecommunications Research has also successfully licensed advanced turbo encryption error correction technology, called S-TECTM to international clients to provide enhanced satellite link performance.