About this project
With more and more hillside country being converted to usable farm land, accidents and emergencies are happening more often. Motor bikes moving irrigation, and everyday use, as well as ground spread vehicles being used on all land increases the chances of an accident occurring.
With a lot of New Zealand’s farm land being out of range of cell phone coverage, or low coverage, the ability to contact the appropriate emergency service is impossible.
We have designed a system using satellite positioning, data transfer, and a built in tilt sensor for roll over. The system utilises a FarmSat design, first in the world coaxial switching antenna system, so there is always an antenna facing the sky in the event of a roll over.
FarmSat have won two main awards for the concept of this system, at the Mystery Creek Field days, the largest agricultural field days in Australasia,
Grassroots award of the year 2013
Vodafone ICT award 2013
FarmSat also entered and won the ASB Sowing the Seed of Success competition, see the attached video.
ANZ the major sponsor of the 2013 Mystery Creek Field days said in their biannual publication, “With 12 more inventions currently on the go, Steve Dawson is a name worth remembering. His GPS tracking system took out the Grassroots Invention of the Year and the ICT Award at this year’s Fieldays.”
FarmSat have received various letters of support for our system.
Colin Brown of TracMap with, TracMap is the dominant supplier of GPS guidance and product application mapping in NZ agriculture From TracMap’s perspective, Steve has demonstrated an ability which is quite rare. This is the ability to take a concept, evaluate options, commission work by 3rd parties, and combine them into effective working systems, without incurring large costs in the process. What this means is that the resulting product or system has far greater prospect of commercial viability, due to not having to recover large sunk costs
Eva Gluyas, Manager at Innovation Workspace, Otago Polytechnic, Innovation Workspace at Otago Polytechnic is very proud to have the opportunity to support FarmSat in the development of a range of leading edge agricultural technological tools which we believe will have a significant and beneficial impact upon farm and land management practices throughout NZ. The combination of Steve’s clear and penetrating ambition and foresight within this sector and the transformational technical and development expertise at Innovation Workspace will enable us to create world class leading solutions, services and products for this industry. We look forward to helping Steve realize his ambitions
“Judges were impressed with the fact that Mr Dawson demonstrated a clear system that had a positive impact on farm safety and true demonstration of Kiwi ingenuity.”
“CAN-DO: After waiting for someone else to an ATV safety system Steve Dawson decided to do it himself.“ http://agrihq.co.nz/article/fieldays-ag-innovation-awards?p=12
Otago Daily Times
The North Otago man reckoned someone needed to ''do something'' to try to prevent deaths and injuries - so he did something himself. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/farming/263048/quad-bike-invention-wins
THE SYSTEM AS IT IS NOW
A full working unit with a co-axil switch for the antenna and a roll over sensor with a wired/wireless sos button.
Server based software where the user can add/edit users to FarmSat units, contact details so the user can be alerted by txt or email on any alerts, and be viewed on a location map on any device with access to the internet, smart phones, tablets.
THIS PLEDGE MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS
To build a server based viewing platform, where the user can add/edit the unit and vehicle and be able to view on the map where any of the units are on google maps and to get the history for that unit
and many more. If we get more $$ than we need we will be putting it toward's the GPS unit we are going to use in the smart irriagtion system we are making which we were one of the finalist for the 2014 irrigation awards for the IQ-h2O system
- driving history
- water temp
- hours used
- fuel consumption
- geo fence area