With water levels very low in Australia, it has never been more crucial for farmers to monitor water levels on their farms. One particular Aussie invention has been developed to do just that.
Agtech start-up Farmbot's water monitoring Software-as-a-Service solution, which is supported through Pivotel's satellite Internet of Things technology, provides farmers with remote water monitoring data and insights for farmers.
"Farmers measure all other input on their farms. … But the concept of closely managing water, and understanding water consumption and water data has never really been high on the agenda," said Farmbot managing director Andrew Coppin.
To change this, Farmbot has deployed 1,700 of its remote monitoring units to farms across Australia. Each monitor sits on top of a water source, such as a water tank or dam, and delivers near real-time, event-driven reports to farmers when algorithms detect abnormal behaviour, such as when the water falls too quickly, rises too quickly, or stops moving altogether.
Farmers can also use the data to compare the tracking of water levels on their farms year-on-year, removing any unnecessary guess work.
"This is really critical because if a pipe bursts on a big dam and there are 5,000 cattle waiting there – and remember each cow is worth AU$1,000 each – you have AU$5 million worth of cows waiting to get a drink and they drink about 30-40 litres of water each day, then you need to know about it," Coppin said.