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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When users draw something with the Drawing Tool it's called a 'shape' once it's saved to My Farm it becomes a shapefile. If they have shapefiles ready to go, they can use the tool Shapefile Importer to add their land to Maps.

Each shape the user draws can either be added as one shapefile to My Farm, as individual shapefiles or to an existing shapefile.

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