Optimising Your Water Usage and Reducing Costs

Spot water leaks quickly and save money with a smart water meter.

The days of water leaks going undetected for months costing farmers thousands of pounds in lost water are gone, thanks to new smart water meter technology from Glas Data.

Water leaks are often hard to detect above the ground and when a farmer relies on taking water meter readings manually, it may be several months before a leak is detected.

The cost of an undetected water leak can be considerable. It is estimated that a water leak of one cubic meter per hour costs £70 per day, which adds up to £516 in a week and £26,000 over the course of a year.

Identify water leaks quickly.

Glas Data has developed a solution to help farmers and food producers spot water leaks quickly, so that they can take mitigating action before the costs mount up.

“Our smart water meter uses Internet of Things technology and LoRaWAN sensors which have a long battery life of several years and the ability to send data over a long range. This means that users can see real-time water usage for all of their sites in one easy to understand dashboard on their laptop, tablet or mobile phone,” explains Colin Phillipson.

The sensors are quick and easy to install and send data to an antenna which is usually installed on a farm building.

Glas Data’s system also allows users to set up alerts that will send an email or text message if water use is unusually high, which may indicate a water leak.

“Undetected water leaks can cost farmers and food producers a huge amount. Receiving an alert to let you know when to take action can mean significant savings,” adds Colin Phillipson.

Optimising water consumption.

Wasting water can also cost farmers significant amounts of money. Having accurate water use data means that farmers can manage their consumption, by monitoring water use over time and identifying ways to make savings. 

Benchmarking water usage and highlighting where efficiencies can be made, will allow users to understand how water consumption can be improved 

Glas Data’s technology also makes it possible to automate water flow with smart control valves to optimise water usage across the farm.

Cloud-based solution.

“Data is only useful if it is easy to access and understand,” says Colin Phillipson. “Farmers don’t have much free time, so we’ve designed our Glas Core data management dashboard to be simple to use.”

Glas Data’s cloud-based system uses simple visualisations, but also allows for in-depth analysis. The system is easy to connect to many different devices and can allow oversight of farming or estate operations on a single dashboard.

For more information about how the Glas Data can help with water consumption management and leak detection, please email hello@glas-data.com or call 07485 017650.


Intelligent Monitoring for Animal Feed Silos

New technology can alert farmers when animal feed silos are almost empty, and automatic emails can even be sent to their feed supplier to place an order.

To find out how much animal feed is in a silo, traditionally farmers have either used a viewing hatch on the silo or banged on the silo’s side with a mallet. With a huge margin for error, there was scope for costly mistakes like over filling bins and wasting animal feed. Climbing 

Now an innovative Internet of Things sensor can help a farmer to accurately track how much feed is being stored.

Accurate, Real-Time Data

Colin Phillipson, co-founder of Glas Data explains: “Our sensor tracks the weight of the silo in real time. It is quick and easy to install and monitors the weight of the silo and how much animal feed it contains, by translating the compression of the silo’s legs into weight.”

Glas Data works with Ver Facil, a specialist Internet of Things sensor installer. LoRaWAN sensors work over long ranges of up to 20 miles, and as they are low power, their batteries will last for several years. Using LoRaWAN sensors means that farmers don’t have to rely on mobile coverage, as the data is transmitted via an antenna which is normally installed on a farm building.

With Glas Data’s system, data from sensors is displayed on the GlasCore dashboard - an easy to understand one-screen display which can be viewed by the farmer on their tablet, laptop or mobile phone.

“Access to this accurate data means farmers can measure efficiencies, by monitoring the amount of feed used each day and tracking data over time. It will also be possible to calculate the feed consumption per animal and to correlate this against other productivity metrics,” adds Colin Phillipson.

Automating the monitoring of animal feed storage saves farmers time as they will no longer have to make manual checks on feed silos. The accuracy of the sensor readings also means that over or under ordering animal feed will be a thing of the past.

Automatic Animal Feed Ordering

Glas Data’s system can also be set up to send an email to a farmer’s feed supplier automatically when a delivery of animal feed is required.

“The system is flexible allowing farmers to set their own thresholds, so feed orders can be placed exactly when they need them to be, without the farmer having to remember or place an order manually.

“From the feed suppliers’ point of view, our system will help them to pre-plan their orders and identify peak times,” says Colin Phillipson.

To find out more about Glas Data’s animal feed silo monitoring solution, please email eleanor.whitlock@glas-data.com or call 07485 017650. Feed bin


GlasCore Bytes: All new IoT Device connect

What is IoT Device connect?

IoT device Connect is the part of GlasCore which enables you to manage and organise your IoT devices, correctly name them and direct data to the right location within your account.

What is an IoT Device?

An IoT device is a device which is a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). This device is then embedded as a part of sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the Internet. This allows you to gain precise information about your business, improving production, yield and cost savings.

The new updates allow you to:

  • You can move data between topics too, so you can move data from a asset into another asset in another topic.
  • Automatically merge data if a similar type exists. So if a device with "temperature" is going into a topic named "Temp" a new device will see this if it also has "temperature" and the data will go into the same topic
  • Give you the option to choose to ignore certain data coming from devices
  • Create and setup devices before they are working

Learn more about how our GlasCore Dashboard and IoT devices can help you by visiting our website. Take the pressure off your business by saving time and money with GlasData. Agri-data management has never been easier! Analyse & Track all your agri-data all in one place. https://glas-data.co.uk/smart-agriculture-overview.html


Technology partnership for leading agricultural university

Technology partnership for leading agricultural university

The next generation of farmers is set to benefit from a partnership between agri-tech business Glas Data and Hartpury University, which will give students access to the latest precision farming technology.

The partnership will also benefit the wider farming community by providing a demonstration site for farmers and food producers to see Glas Data’s cutting-edge technology in action.

An antenna that will receive real-time data over a low power, wide area (LoRaWAN) network has been installed at Hartpury. It will connect to wide range of Internet of Things sensors provided by Glas Data and installed at Hartpury’s commercial farm on campus.

With more than 60 sensors available, the system allows farmers to monitor everything from water quality in animal drinking troughs to soil health and waste water levels.

Under the partnership with Glas Data, final year agriculture students at Hartpury University and Hartpury College will be given access to the GlasCore dashboard for their studies and for a year after graduating.

Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucester are among the UK’s leading specialist education providers in agriculture, animal, equine, sport, and veterinary nursing.

Ben Thompson, manager of the Agri-Tech Centre at Hartpury, said: “This is an exciting partnership for us. Providing real-world application for the latest technological solutions, as well supporting those who will use it in commercial farming practice, is the exact pathway we want to create.

“Our students will also use this technology to support their studies and research. Glas Data’s generous offer to give them access to the GlasCore dashboard for a year after graduating, means they can continue to use this innovative technology as they embark on their farming careers.”

Glas Data has spent three years developing and refining its GlasCore dashboard, which displays all of a farm’s data – including real-time data from sensors – in one easy-to-understand dashboard, which can be viewed on a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

The system also offers real-time alerts and can be set up to monitor the data that matters to the farmer and send a text message or email to draw their attention to any issue that needs action.

Glas Data co-founder Colin Phillipson added: “Hartpury University is a great partnership for us, as in addition to its fantastic teaching, the Agri-Tech Centre gives farmers and agricultural businesses access to the latest smart farming technology so that they can see first-hand the benefits that technology can bring to a farming business.”


New precision technology set to improve poultry welfare

A new precision farming solution for poultry farmers has been developed through a partnership between agri-tech business Glas Data and poultry software specialist Eggbase.

The smart poultry sensors will allow egg producers, pullet rearers and broiler growers to monitor poultry housing conditions with greater accuracy. The sensors will gather key data about bird welfare and behaviour including temperature, humidity, sound and ammonia levels. Water, electricity and feed usage can also be monitored.

Anne Fleck, Managing Director of Eggbase said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Glas Data to offer Smart Poultry Sensors. Now is the perfect time for the poultry industry to embrace and exploit the power of our cloud-based data and sensor solutions to the benefit of bird welfare."

Data from the sensors can be viewed on the go on Glas Data’s cloud based GlasCore dashboard.

“The system can also send out real-time alerts by email or text message, allowing bird welfare and behaviour to be monitored more closely and ensuring immediate action is taken if issues are identified,” adds Colin Phillipson, co-founder of Glas Data.

The smart poultry sensors use long range, low power technology and communicate using the Internet of Things. The sensors are low maintenance and batteries can last for several years.

Smart poultry sensors can be rented, with flexible subscriptions allowing farmers to adapt their subscription based on their business needs or to get access to the latest technology. Three packages are available, which all come with access to the GlasCore dashboard and real-time alerts.

For more information about the smart poultry sensors email enquiries@eggbase.co.uk.


GlasCoreBytes: Visualising latest data

GlasCore's newest feature, Latest Values, allows users to visualise the latest data that is critical to their business.

The new feature means that users can see the latest data from various aspects of their business. These can be anything from water meter readings, fridge temperatures and much more. They can visualise any of this data on their Dashboard with the new Latest Values feature.

Users can monitor their water consumption more easily with this feature. It's easy to check their real-time water usage and take action if it is required.

With the new feature, users can quickly check the latest data on aspects of their business that are critical to their productivity and yield.

Stay tuned for more GlasCore updates. Follow Glas Data on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date.


New technology solution for water meter readings

A new generation of precision battery-operated water meter sensors are saving farmers time and money.

Water meters are often read manually on farms because the cabling to connect water meters to their software package is an expense that farmers want to avoid. 

Although it may seem like a cost-effective approach initially, taking manual water readings has several disadvantages. It is incredibly labour intensive, requiring someone to physically check the meter. That is time that may be more productively spent on other tasks around the farm. 

A manual checking process may also be less accurate, and leaks or unusual consumption profiles may not always be identified. 

Accurate water consumption data every 30 minutes

But now new technology offers a more accurate and less labour-intensive solution. Glas Data and its technology partner Ver Facil can offer a small battery-operated device that simply fits onto the meter and transmits consumption data every 30 minutes.

The sensor uses long-range, low power (LoRaWAN) technology. Because it is low power, the battery will last for several years.

The water meter sensor will transmit its data to the GlasCore dashboard, which can be viewed on mobile phone, laptop or tablet. This virtual meter reading avoids the need for someone to manually check the meter. 

The data from the sensor can be displayed on a water consumption graph, which will allow the farmer to spot any unusual consumption or potential water leaks. To make this process even easier and ensure quick action is taken if leaks are suspected, a real-time alert can be sent by text or email to alert when water consumption reaches a certain level.

Options for water meter sensor installation

Glas Data and Ver Facil offer several options for the installation of water meters.

  1. For water meters with an existing "pulse output cable" fitted, a LoRaWAN pulse counting device is the best solution.
  2. For water meters capable of having a cable fitted but not installed, Glas Data and Ver Facil will source the correct cable and provide this along with fitting instructions and the LoRaWAN device.
  3. Some older meters do not have a facility to accept a pulse output cable. In that situation, a new meter with an embedded LoRaWAN sensor inside is the best solution.

An unidentified water leak could result in tens of thousands of pounds of lost water. A battery-operated sensor will remove the potential for human error, and real-time alerts mean that farmers will know when action needs to be taken before the costs mount up.

For more information on the water meter sensor and GlasCore dashboard please call 07485 017650 or email hello@glas-data.com.


New service gives farmers and food producers real-time alerts about their operations

A specialist agri-tech business based in Cornwall, has introduced a new service to give farmers and food producers access to real-time alerts about their operations. 

With the ability to alert when action needs to be taken on everything from water leaks to temperature fluctuations in cold food storage, it has the potential to save significant amounts of time and money.

Glas Data has spent three years developing and refining its GlasCore dashboard, which displays all of a farm’s data in one easy to understand dashboard, which can be primarily viewed on a mobile phone, tablet or computer. 

The latest development is the introduction of real-time alerts. The system can be set up to monitor the data that matters to the farmer and a text message or email can be sent to draw their attention to any issue that needs action. Alerts can be sent to multiple users.

“The system can be set up individually for each farmer or food producer, to track exactly what they need and alert them to issues of concern. This means they can react quickly and take mitigating action that could save significant costs, before small issues become a serious problem. The system has been designed to work with businesses of any scale. You can adopt this if you have only one thing you care about or if you need 1000's of sensors and alerts sent to 100's of employees,” explains Colin Phillipson, co-founder of Glas Data.

The technology has many applications and can be used wherever data can be collected. For example, sensors could monitor waste water tanks, and send an alert when they need to be emptied. For food producers, the ability to alert if the temperature of fridges or freezers reaches a certain level, could allow a quick response to save produce if a cooling system fails.

The system can also be used in dairy farming, where it could provide alerts on the volume of milk produced. The system can also monitor milk tank temperatures and alert when they are out of tolerance. For arable farmers, alerts on soil health (moisture and/or temperature) can be set up.

Other potential applications include an alert when gates are left open, water troughs need filling up, if voltages for electric fences fall too low, or to alert when a bore hole pump fails.

Colin Phillipson adds: “The system has been designed to be simple and easy to use. Technology can become overwhelming and use up more time than it saves if farmers and food producers need to log in to multiple apps and websites. With GlasCore, all of the data they need is available in one place, with one log-in and our new real-time alerts, means that even more time and money will be saved.”


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