Vineyard & Orchard Solutions

Harvest Systems use solar powered loggers with built in cell phone modems to remotely monitor Internet of Things (IoT) sensors attached to the base station and optional wireless UHF radio remotes within a few kilometres of the base station. The live data and history can be viewed on the Harvest web site using any computer or smartphone.

Frost Alarms and Weather Monitoring

Harvest systems are typically set up to include a weather station, give 15 or 30 minute updates to a Harvest web page. Once the temperature drops below your customisable frost threshold, text and voice call alarms are triggered and the logger starts sending data every minute. Parameters that are typically monitored include air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction, leaf wetness, and solar radiation (for evapotranspiration calculation).

Sensors can also be connected to wireless remotes to cover particularly frost prone parts of the property. If any of these sensors drop below your frost alarm thresholds then frost alarms and minute updates will be triggered. Frequent updates in frost conditions is particularly helpful for measuring frost fighting effectiveness.

Soil Moisture Monitoring

Soil moisture and temperature sensors can be used to collect reliable real-time soil moisture readings from around the property. We are sell the industry leading Acclima TDR sensors installed at varying depths to give multi-level readings. You can read more about our soil moisture monitoring in our brochure and white paper, or contact us for more information.

For even further reading about soil moisture sensing technologies, see the Irrigation NZ soil moisture monitoring booklet.

Water and Irrigation

Harvest monitoring devices can provide real-time readings and configurable alarms for water and irrigation systems. Common applications include flow meter monitoring (optional transfer of data to council), water tank level, well/bore level, pipe pressure, and pump control. Alarms (txt message, email, or voice call) can be set up for any of the measured values e.g. max daily water usage exceeded, low tank or bore level etc. Remote control can be a secure virtual switch on the Harvest web page or the Harvest App or based on a measured value e.g. if block temperature drops below X°C, start the frost fighting pump.

Wind Machine Monitoring

Wind machine (frost fan) monitoring can be retro-fitted to provide online diagnostics and automated alarms for startup or run failure. Parameters that are typically monitored are status (on/off), battery voltage, RPM of the shaft, and wind speed. Once your customisable frost alarm thresholds are met, the data updates every minute. For more information about our wind machine monitoring, please contact us or see our brochure.