Demonstration of Remote Water Monitoring

Project: Demonstration of Remote Water Monitoring

Location: n/a

Species: Pastures

Date: Jul 2010 - Jan 2013

Status: Complete

State: New South Wales

Objectives:

This project conducted an on farm demonstration of the installation and use of remote monitoring of stock water.

This trial differed from previous work in that the location was chosen to specifically address the challenge of utilising this technology in hilly country.

The trial documented the costs of installation, identified potential issues and challenges, and monitored the impact of the technology on the costs and time savings.

The objectives of this PDS project were to:

  • prove through demonstration that remote monitoring technology works in hilly areas
  • collect cost:benefit economic and social data to ensure the full economic and social impact of the remote monitoring technology is assessed over time
  • determine the breakeven time period to cover the costs of installing the technology

Progress:

This PDS project showed that telemetry is a viable cost saving technology, from both a practical “does it work” perspective, as well as having a short payback period. 

It can also create significant time savings, allowing producers to spend time on more productive activities. There is also an enhanced “sleepability at night” factor as water can be checked on a smart phone wherever mobile coverage is.

Alarms can be set, so that if water levels fall below an early warning monitoring point, a text message can be sent to a number of designated phones.

A portable camera allowed stock to be monitored “real time” without driving out to see them.

 

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