Neve has developed and created a solution based on IoT to monitor animals' water level and water temperature at the animals' water trough. The system, called a sensor node, comprises a smart board running firmware which accepts the sensor data and transmits that data by Lorawan to a gateway located in a central location, such as a barn. That gateway then communicates by wifi to a cloud backend, which stores the data and makes it available in JSON format. Neve has built an android app which pulls that data and displays it to the farmer on their handheld device. The farmer can then use this data to help them manage the water troughs across the property in a more efficient manner.
As can be seen from the schematic, we use IoT to develop a sensor node which sits on the animals' water trough, and reports the water level and water temperature via the cloud to the farmer's handheld device. This allows the farmer to increase their efficiency in managing the animal water troughs across the entire farm. This greatly reduces wasted time and resources.
Animals are very picky when it comes to their water. If the temperature is wrong, they are not encouraged to drink the water. If this happens, they can quickly get dehydrated and can develop disease such as Impaction Colic. To rectify this can cost the farmer in excess of $10,000 which is not desirable. This can also affect the quality of animal products, such as milk production, where the dairy cows drink copious amounts of water, and where milk is 87% water.
The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre was founded in 2009 as a collaborative initiative of Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Government of Alberta. They suggest the formula for GHG emissions is Activity(A) x Emissions Factor(EF) = GHG Emissions. Using the reference below, and the full tank of a Kubota ATV, we get: 32.5545 L x 2307.12 g/L (CO2 + CH4 + N2O) = 75,107.1380 g GHG Emissions. This is for 1 day! With our innovation, we can reduce this to as little as 17,466.7902 g GHG Emissions, for 2 miles of travel, so a reduction of GHG Emissions of 57,640.3478 g/day! This amounts to our innovation reducing GHG Emissions by 77%/day.
The estimated fuel economy of an ATV is 7 mpg, with a fuel tank capacity of 8.6 gallons. That means it can travel 60.2 miles. If the travel distance to a trough is 1 mile, it can service at most 30 troughs (2 miles round trip). At the current cost of fuel in BC of $1.68 per liter, then the cost of 60 miles is CAN $57.792/day (or CAN $1618.176/month or CAN $19,418.112 per year, for one ATV). Neve can provide a savings of, if the farmer only needs to check one trough 1 mile away (2 mile round-trip), 97% (it only costs $1.9264/day). Neve's innovation can drop the fuel costs to the farmer to $647.2704/year.
Neve has identified an OEM in Ontario with whom we consulted in the development of the prototype.
Neve received engineering specifications from the OEM based on industry and application needs, which we used to build the MVP for their in-house testing.
Our OEM, Canarm, has implemented Neve's MVP in one of their customer's troughs as part of the engineering qualification process in order to monitor the operational capability of our solution whilst collecting critical data to monitor the implemented solution.
The above stages are typical of our go to market strategy to commercialize the integrated solution that will be used for multiplicity of industry implementation. OEMs are distributors who play a critical role in bringing the technology solution to the global market, to drive our sales and revenue generation. We are developing and building strong relationships with OEMs and distributorships in other global regions, which include the following as part of our market penetration:
- South America
- South-East Asia
- Middle East and North Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa
This letter of support details that Canarm will work with Neve Technologies to get our product into the market place, using Canarm's sales and distribution channels. This is active once the product is field tested and works, competitively priced and utilizes an app.