WaterBee was demonstrated at the EU Stand at the National Ploughing Championships (23-25 September 2014). The EU Stand was all about letting the public know what the EU is doing in the area of ‘Agriculture and Research’ with a spotlight on new technologies in agriculture.
Record breaking attendance at Ploughing 2014 saw thousands of visitors come to the Stand to find out how EU-funded research into new technologies, such as the WaterBee and AutoGrassMilk FP7 projects, which are now making a difference in everyday farming life. The projects – demonstrated by Connor O’Reilly from MAC Ltd., an SME based in Limerick and Bernadette O’Brien from TEAGASC in Fermoy Co. Cork – enjoyed a busy 3 days with lots of questions and interest from visitors to the Stand.
The Stand welcomed a number of high profile visitors to the Stand who had a special interest in our work, they included the Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton, TD., Irish Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, TD., Irish Minister of State with responsibility for small business and collective bargaining Gerald Nash TD., Liadh Ní Riada MEP, Seán Kelly MEP, Matt Carthy MEP, and Ambassador Thebault, the French Ambassador to Ireland.
Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show, the Irish National Ploughing Championships attracts on average 1,350 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors annually. The 2014 National Ploughing Championships will take place from 23rd to 25th September at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois, Ireland. WaterBee will be demonstrated at the EU Stand – we look forward to meeting you there.
WaterBee and its impact on the 70% of global water used by agriculture was presented at the 3rd Smart Water System conference held in London on 28-29 April 2014. The demand for water is ever increasing due to growing population, climate change and cost of water. The ageing infrastructure of the water systems coupled with the increasing demand is adding pressure to the water networks. As the water infrastructure age, many problems crop in in terms of water leakage, water contamination, inability to detect water quality and so forth. One of the ways to address these problems is by creating a smart water system. Smart water systems involves the use of smart water meters together with the latest technologies and real time data to better monitor water usage, distribution and problems such as leakage. This also enables to tract the water network and pinpoint problem areas. The 3rd Annual Smart Water Systems Conference looked into this topic and how smart water is all about coming up with initiatives to manage water more effectively, monitor it all the way along throughout the cycle so that we can better manage and preserve this precious resource. The WaterBee presentation addressed
- Understanding how to avoid wastage of water in the agricultural industry
- Use of self-contained and automated scheduling systems to avoid wastage
- Implementing the use of phone apps and social media to control irrigation
WaterBee has been shortlisted in the Irish 2014 Green Awards in The Green Technology Award category. Now entering its sixth year, the Green Awards aim to celebrate excellence in sustainability and to encourage green best practice amongst Ireland’s organisations and individuals. See www.greenawards.ie
The WaterBee Smart Irrigation and Water Management System was chosen because it is a complete, resilient, cost-effective state-of-the-art system that can cut Growers’ and Golf-courses’ water usage by 40%
- The system’s USP is scientific soil-moisture model that optimises water use and its smart technology that enables ease of use.
- Currently most growers over-irrigate and depend on their intuition, and most modern irrigation systems just consider weather forecasts.
- While the Waterbee system
- Uses a Soil-Moisture Model, wireless sensor network and an open web-enabled architecture for integration with environmental data and farm management systems
- Optimises water usage and minimizes pollution due to nutrient leaching.
- Is easy to deploy and run, and facilitates irrigation scheduling tasks,
- Is highly functional, modular and flexible,
- Is designed to be robust, reliable and secure
- Is cost effective to ensure its widespread uptake.
MCAST Agribusiness Institute students, who are managing one of the WaterBee greenhouse trials in Malta, demonstrated the system and their results at the College’s annual Open Weekend for the general public.
- WaterBee at the Irish National Ploughing Championships
- Meet WaterBee at Irish National Ploughing Championships
- .WATER-BEE Research Project.
- EEA Water for Agriculture
- ENORASIS FP7 Environment project
- EU Water Management Projects
- MARG FP7 Microwave Areal Rain Gauge
- OPARA traceability system
- SmartPaddy FP7 SME water salinity
- STREAM FP7 Water Management