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Morse micro: Reinveting Wi-Fi for Internet of Things (IoT)

Business Challenges


Their vision was to develop a microchip that allowed devices to connect securely with more stability, for a lower cost, with a longer range, and an extended battery life. The pair knew they could make a better low-power WiFi chip specifically for the IoT revolution.


An IoT system consists of sensors/devices which “talk” to the cloud through some kind of connectivity. Once the data gets to the cloud, software processes it and then decides whether to perform an action, such as sending an alert or automatically adjusting the sensors/devices without the need for the user.

How the government has helped


What Andrew and Michael developed - with help from the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme’s Accelerating Commercialisation (AC) grant in 2017 - was the industry’s first WiFi HaLow silicon chip that securely connects smart devices over long distances. Their chip is 10 times faster than any existing WiFi, reaches up to a kilometre, and can operate for 5 years on a coin-sized battery.

The $407,747 AC grant raised the company’s profile within the IT community It also helped accelerate prototype work, develop patents on initial WiFi chips, and identify potential customers.

We are confident we will be selling these chips by the millions from mid-2020 onwards. China is the most aggressive mover on IoT devices and will initially be our biggest market where we already have customers as well as the US and Europe. We will sell soon but we are already working on second generation chips’.


Co-founder Morse Micro Pty Ltd. Andrew Terry


Outcomes


Morse Micro’s investors include the CSIRO Innovation Fund, the Clean Innovation Energy Fund, and angel investors such as Analog Devices, Blackbird Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, Right Click Capital, Uniseed, and Skip Capital.

Morse Micro has expanded from an office in Sydney, NSW to offices in China and the US and as of late 2019 has gone from just two people to employing 45 staff.

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