Tool and plant hire firm Kennards Hire is partnering with Adelaide\u2019s Internet of Things (IoT)startupFleet Space Technologies to track its equipment across Australia and New Zealand.\nKennards will be one of Fleet\u2019s first customers to connect to the start-up\u2019s growing constellation of Centauri nanosatellites, which launched at the end of last year.\nThe first branch in the roll-out will be in Artarmon, New South Wales. Telemetry data from equipment there will connect via LoRaWAN to Fleet\u2019s gateway device \u2013 The Portal \u2013 and then beamed into space and back into data centres.\nThe set-up will allow Kennards to monitor equipment movements \u201canywhere, any time,\u201d Fleet said.\n\u201cBy advancing how it operates asset tracking, Kennards Hire can provide new services for customers to work more efficiently, such as real-time reporting of safety and environmental metrics,\u201d Fleet said in a statement today.\n\u201cKennards Hire has long grappled with the issue of Australia\u2019s fragmented connectivity when it comes to tracking its customers in the country\u2019s most remote regions. The location and operational data collected by Fleet now enables Kennards Hire to undertake preventive equipment maintenance reducing the impact of down time on customer sites across its Australian and New Zealand network, including construction, oil and gas, and mining industries,\u201d the company added.\nThe viability of the satellite solution has only become apparent in recent years, as nanosatellites and commercial rocket launches have become affordable.\nA Fleet nanosatellite and company pooch\n\u201cFleet\u2019s connectivity is an unparalleled solution, the cost point it offers allow us to connect more assets and provide more applications to customers increasing our value in the market,\u201d said Craig Kesby, Kennards Hire general manager of strategic projects. \n\u201cIn the past year, devices and connectivity solutions have become more cost-efficient enabling business cases that the industry couldn't justify a few years ago. Now, there are options for localised, low cost connectivity solutions and off cellular coverage out of traditional networks,\u201d he added.\n \nFleet \u2013 which is backed by Blackbird Ventures, Mike Cannon-Brookes\u2019 Grok Ventures, Horizon Partners, and the South Australian Government \u2013 has four nanosatellites currently orbiting earth.\nIts Proxima I and II cubesats launched from New Zealand on spaceflight start-up Rocket Lab\u2019s \u2018It\u2019s Business Time\u2019 mission in November last year. Fleet\u2019s first Centauri satellite \u2013 which weighs less than 10kg, and is roughly the size of a shoebox \u2013 launched on ISRO\u2019s PSLV C43 mission later that month, and a second Centauri launched on SpaceX\u2019s Falcon 9 SSO-A mission in December.\nFleet CEO Flavia Tata Nardini\nFleet\u2019s medium term plan is to have five satellites in 20 low earth orbits at a height of 580kms by 2021, ten of which are expected this year, depending on how fast it can secure launch services and about 12 ground stations to route traffic to and from the satellites. In the longer term the constellation will grow to 100 satellites.\nThe Kennards partnership is significant for the start-up, said Fleet CEO and co-founder Flavia Tata Nardini.\n \n\u201cKennards Hire is an iconic Australian business renowned for disrupting the equipment hiring industry, and its digital transformation journey is no exception. Kennards is in a unique position to pivot their commercial models and offerings to make life easier for their customers,\u201d Tata Nardini said.\n \n\u201cAt Fleet, our mission is to unleash the endless possibilities of industrial IoT for businesses across the world, from space. Our partnership with Kennards Hire is an enormous leap forward to demonstrate the tangible business outcomes our technology is providing for industries on the cusp of disruption from equipment hiring, transport and logistics, agriculture and beyond,\u201d she added.