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Our Solution

The RiverWatch solution includes five sensors housed in the Waka, industry-leading software and the Signal Mate with cellular IoT or Swarm IoT satellite connectivity.

With only 8% of rivers and only 5% of lakes being monitored and sampled on average once a month, there’s little information about the quality of New Zealand waters. Traditional sampling and monitoring methods are time consuming and expensive, and the limited data isn’t robust.

New Zealand Water Quality Monitoring Maori Wai Health

3,400k

Only 3,400kms of 425,000kms of New Zealand’s waterways are monitored

50%

We aim to monitor 50% of waterways, with 11,730 data points recored and counting

6

We have monitored 6 rivers so far, empowering 3 communities to enhance water quality

Our solution enables organisations, Iwi and farmers to observe and monitor water quality changes in real-time through continuous measuring. We enable New Zealanders to do so through our remote, robust monitoring Hardware, real-time Software, and IoT Technology.

The Hardware

“A comprehensive solution to a complicated problem. Affordable and robust water quality monitor, using real-time data collection and smart interpretation software, IoT networks and the latest remote sensing technology.”

The water quality monitor is an easier and smarter way to gather water data. Housed in a modular floating device made from recycled milk bottles, the Waka is an innovative, compact device using the latest remote sensing technology and IoT networks.

The Waka comes with five sensors, with room for two more sensors to be added, perfect for farming, forestry, construction, regulatory compliance monitoring, and similar. Paired with the interpretation Software and Signal Mate IoT Technology, the Waka is an adaptive solution for finding out what is happening in waterways in real-time, rather than after it has happened.

The Waka Water Quality Monitor IoT Tech Sensors

The Software

“Software designed to help organisations, Iwi, farmers, and communities get the most out of their water quality data.”

The RiverWatch Software collects and interprets water quality data from the Waka, monitoring the water every 15 minutes. It runs algorithms that combine sensor parameters for whole systems interpretation of changes in water quality.

The data is presented in clear, understandable summaries, with a ‘quick-look water quality health score, site-specific details, environment classifications and alert warnings. You can access raw data sets, historical data, and public graphs to see water quality trends fast.

The Waka Software Water Quality Monitor Real Time Data

The Signal Mate

“The communications system transferring data between the Waka and software, delivering real-time information every 15 minutes.”

Signal Mate uses IoT connectivity with the option of Cellular or SWARM satellite connections, communicating the data between our hardware, the Waka, and our industry-leading software and delivering real-time information every 15 minutes.

Signal Mate uses IoT connectivity to gather and analyse water quality data like never before. Paired with the monitoring hardware and data interpretation software, it makes our water quality monitor solution affordable, saves monitoring times, and increases efficiency.

The Waka Io T Technology Water Quality Monitor Real Time Data

New Zealand Water Quality Guidelines

Stay up to date with New Zealand farming and freshwater-related news. As freshwater standards change, we’re committed to ever-developing new, innovative technology to help monitor water quality, which abides by government farming water regulations.

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Drinking Water Guidelines

New Zealand drinking water quality standards require organisations to monitor drinking water quality at the source, follow compliance rules, and report results to Taumata Arowai.

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Swimming Water Standards

Swimming water quality standards are set by official agencies based on scientific advice. They require water to contain no more than a maximum amount of contaminants to prevent risk to people.

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Farming Water Compliance

Farming water compliance follows guidelines that must be followed to ensure agriculture activities are not contributing to water pollution, including maximum nutrient levels, like nitrate and phosphate.

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Drinking Water Guidelines

New Zealand drinking water quality standards require organisations to monitor drinking water quality at the source, follow compliance rules, and report results to Taumata Arowai.

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