Damian Zammit from WaterSave International
WaterSave is using sensor technology to reduce the water, power & fertilizer consumption on farms by 20-40%.
As a Northern Australian company, we specifically identified a need to address the impact that farming is having on the Great Barrier Reef.
After spending months speaking to farmers across the region, we identified that power and water consumption were critical pain points for farmers.
Hence www.watersave.io was born in March of 2017.
Our tech team are building new hardware devices and retrofitting for LoRaWAN & Sigfox IoT networks.
We’re then delivering data to clients in a practical format via our custom software platform.
This allows us to provide a complete end-to-end IoT solution for our clients and manage each element of the IoT system architecture.
Team members: Damian Zammit (CEO): Recognised 2014 QLD Government (DSITI) Innovation Champion. Cofounder of theSPACE Cairns Startup & Innovation Hub.
Darryl Lyons (COO): Communications, mechanical and electrical services BMS (building management system) controls.
Nathan Finney (CFO): Principal of Crowe Horwath Accounting Cairns.
Xenek Stoehr: Tech Dude End-to-end IoT systems, from code on a sensor node to message flow and decoding. End-to-end internet communications, navigation and control systems Multilingual website development.
Tony Peter: Internet of Things Developer Electrical / Mechanical engineering background Rapid prototype design & build.
Given that farming accounts for 70% of global freshwater withdrawals, a farmer’s’ ability to save water will become a key factor in their survival, based on current pricing trends.
Currently, irrigation costs are consuming 30% of farming revenues, with this number on the rise as power and water costs increase.
WaterSave is delivering an affordable, automated farm irrigation solution, which can be monitored from anywhere in the world.
Via a combination of in-field micro weather stations and soil moisture sensors, farmers are alerted when paddocks are sufficiently irrigated.
Our solutions are extremely affordable as our sensors do not require SIM cards, thus dramatically reducing monitoring costs.
In addition, our sensors can monitor nitrate levels, which assists in the reduction of fertiliser use and the associated environmental impact.
The WaterSave solution is delivered in 3 stages:
Stage 1: Establish a regional IoT network
Stage 2: Install on-farm flow meters and end-of-row soil moisture sensors
Stage 3: Semi-automation of the irrigation system
Note: Stage 4 (Full automation will be in market by February 2018)