A farm can’t function without water. In order for a farmer to keep an eye on supply, water tanks, troughs and pumps must be checked at every opportunity. If not monitored, thousands of dollars can be lost in revenue, electricity and wasted water if a leak develops on the property’s supply infrastructure.
For instance, if a farm developed a leak at a water trough fed by two water tanks containing 50,000 liters each, the supply could be drained in less than eight hours. It could take 1-2 days for the system to restore itself during which time, animals could go for an extended period without a sufficient water supply. If a herd of milking cows are restricted from their daily required water intake, this can have a negative impact on the animals and the subsequent days’ total milk production.
Flow meters were installed on each of the animal water distribution lines and tank level indicators on the Wildman family farm. These were then connected with telemetry hardware communicating with the Sigfox low power wide area network (LPWAN) gateways and the data was manipulated through workflows on the Losant IoT platform.
Knode is now able to track the flow rates on water lines and the water level in each of the bulk storage tanks using dashboards with conditional alerts for management to monitor water activity. The solution has saved countless hours of driving around the farm. Most importantly, the farm was able to reduce the electricity bill and improve animal conditioning with a reliable water supply.
“Losant was about the third [platform] we trialed. We found it to be really user-friendly. [It’s] a straightforward and easy to use IoT platform which allows us to continue to build on our offering and meet the needs of our customers.”