Satellite communications company Myriota and water management company Yabby Sensors and Consulting have launched a nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) solution for the mining and agricultural sector.
Their system provides dam operators and owners with an automatic dam and water storage monitoring solution, allowing them to identify and manage safety, regulatory and water use issues.
The system uses the Myriota’s nanosatellite IoT platform and Yabby’s IoT sensors, which it assembles locally from 80 per cent Australian parts.
It replaces costly manual monitoring which provides limited data and is prone to safety hazards, resulting in water loss, dam failures and regulatory issues.
With plans to be rolled out internationally, the Yabby Floating Level Sensor is able to automatically provide water levels, volumes, water balance and monitor water quality.
The Yabby sensor pinpoints issues long before they become problematic and removes the need for workers to drive long distances across mining and farm sites.
The Yabby sensors communicate with Myriota’s constellation of nanosatellites to provide regular, accurate updates on water conditions from day one.
The technology is able to save mining operators $70,000 per dam site annually. For a mining site that has 15 sensors, this equates to $1 million in annual savings by removing the need for manual site visits.
Yabby Managing Director, Steve Dudgeon said: “Inaccurate readings or a lack of robust equipment have long increased the risk of environmental and safety issues, as well as a loss of productivity.
“But Yabby is revolutionising the industry and thanks to its partnership with Myriota mining operators and farmers no longer need to pay the cost of sending staff to dams to take manual measurements.”
The Yabby system is waterproof, has up to five years battery life and provides direct alerts via SMS or email.
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