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Canada takes centre stage in IIOT conversation with “MIOTY” software

Devin Jones   

Automation General Hannover Messe Toronto

Behr Technology Inc's software has been recognized as the first of its kind to comply with recently released ETSI standards.


Canada has stepped front and centre into the IIoT market with the formation of Behr Technologies Inc., (BTI) earlier this year and its commercialization of “MIOTY,” software dedicated to massive IIOT sensor connectivity.

The Toronto based company is focusing on low-power, wide-area [LPWA] network communications solution and is the first of its kind to comply with recently released “ETSI telegram splitting technical specification for low throughput networks.”

According to Michael Schlicht, head of the communications at Fraunhofer IIS, the lack of standards prior to ETSI comprised a major obstacle in the ability to scale IIOT globally. MIOTY aims to smooth out this “last mile,” of communications with wireless data sources. As one of three bodies officially recognized by the EU as a European Standards Organization, ETSI is a not-for-profit responsible for the standardization of communication technologies in Europe.


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Essentially, BTI’s software is capable of communicating with thousands of connected devices through it’s patented telegram splitting technology created by Fraunhofer and licensed to BTI for global commercialization. MIOTY allows a single base station to split down packets of information into smaller subpackets at the sensor level, giving a single MIOTY gateway the ability to handle 100,000 sensor nodes and 1.5 million messages per day.

The subpackets pass through a frequency, where at the base station a sophisticated algorithm scans the spectrum for MIOTY subpackets and reassembles them into a complete message. Instead of one single stream of communication passing between connected devices, MIOTY and its algorithm can now scan multiple incoming streams of information simultaneously.  Coupled with it built-in reduancy, MIOTY allows for 50 per cent of the subpackets to be lost in transmission without losing the base information.

The sensors in a MIOTY network can operate within a radius of five to 15 kilometres of the gateway (depending on the geographical density), even in inhospitable and previously impenetrable environments such as mines and refineries.

The MIOTY 1.0 Starter Kit with Microsoft Azure, was launched in April at Hannover Messe, Germany as their first commercial product meeting ETSI standards.


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