Sustainable water usage: using wireless sensor technology to combat drought and register water consumption

Sustainable water usage: using wireless sensor technology to combat drought and register water consumption

The environment concerns all of us. Challenges like drought and water scarcity are impacting everyone’s lives. Technology is supposed to solve many of these problems. It can help us make a reality of sustainable water usage. However, this technology should not only be affordable and available to large companies. Crodeon is happy to contribute by enabling every company to start working with sensor data to help save time and water. In this article we showcase the benefits of our products along with a customer testimonial.

The urgent need for technological solutions

The drought of recent months has made it clear to everyone that farmers and fruit growers urgently need technological solutions to optimize water consumption and cope with scarcity. Saving water is not something only large industrial companies need to work on.

An accurate and affordable water usage monitoring device can play a crucial role here. The necessary investments to obtain measurement data are of course not free of charge. This is how Crodeon wants to contribute to this global challenge.

A simple and affordable solution

At Crodeon we are on a mission. We want to empower companies of all sizes to start working with data. Our sensor device Reporter® was launched for exactly this cause. Reporter is a wireless sensor module, developed and made in Belgium, to which a user can connect a series of different sensors. The device works plug-and-play and is therefore extremely user-friendly. As you might expect from an end-to-end solution, it comes with its own cloud platform called the Crodeon Dashboard.

The versatility of Reporter makes it possible to plug any combination of sensors to a Reporter. For example you can connect both a weather station and a water level meter to one device. The sensor data is automatically sent to the Crodeon Dashboard, where the user can view his data in real-time.

The following image shows the data of three different sensors connected to one Reporter.

water sensor data crodeon

Testimonial of a distributor

One of our distributors is YRRIG, an irrigation specialist based in Gembloux, Belgium. Yves Rase, founder and manager of YRRIG has been installing Reporters at many of his customers over the past 5 years.

Yves Rase: “We recently helped a customer who wanted to keep track of the water consumption on his farm. This online registration would serve as proof to the local government that his current irrigation system was not exceeding the water consumption permits that he was granted. This is done by demonstrating the impact of water flow on the ground water levels.”

Reporter makes it a simple task to prove that rules surrounding sustainable water usage are indeed being followed.

YRRIG Crodeon

Reporter offers many other benefits to farmers and fruit growers. Yves Rase: “The customer loves it when their Reporter helps them save time in several different ways. For example, a farmer who is able to remotely activate an irrigation system always wants to verify that the pressure is correct and the water is actually flowing. For us this means just adding one extra sensor to their Reporter. Another benefit is measuring weather conditions. We can expand the Reporter to serve as a professional weather station. The entire system is solar powered so we don’t even need grid power on site.”

Subsidized in Flanders

The Flemish government has recently started granting subsidies for certain investments that do not directly generate increased productivity, under the name of “non-productive investments”. These are investments that do not directly generate income for the (agricultural) business, but which benefit biodiversity, the landscape, soil or water management. A water usage monitoring device fits perfectly into that category.

The following sensor kit is eligible for Flemish subsidies and contains three sensors:

  • Weather sensor: Temperature, humidity, wind and rain

  • Electronic water level sensor: Level measurements of the groundwater

  • Water meter: Flow measurements of the amount of water consumed

As a 4th parameter, Reporter also measures power supply. That means you can get an alarm if the power goes down. Of course this is not relevant when you’re using a solar panel to power Reporter.

crodeon sensor kit

Visit the official website of the Flemish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to learn more about these subsidies.

Sharing data to other software platforms

Crodeon wants to make it possible to share sensor data between customers and third party software. This is done using APIs, which means that the data from the Crodeon Dashboard can be accessed by another data platform. Of course, this is only done when requested by the end user.

This will eventually make it possible to share measurement data from weather stations and groundwater levels. The user could then, for example, consult the data of several measuring points via an interactive map. Essentially linking together these water usage monitoring devices.

Let’s talk about sensors

Get in touch with Crodeon to talk about your sensor project for sustainable water usage. Take a look at our webshop for a selection of affordable high quality sensors. If your preferred sensor is not listed, let us know and we can discuss the possibilities.

Feel free to book an online video call with our Sales Manager Jonathan, using this link, or call us at +32 474 09 77 05.

Back to blog

Any questions?

Call us at +32474097705 Or use the contact form

  • Making blueberry farming more sustainable: Reporter and the water balance model

    Making blueberry farming more sustainable: Repo...

    Blueberries consist of 85% water. This means that even short periods of drought are disastrous for harvesting blueberries. The fruit stops growing, and small berries cause the grower to receive...

    Making blueberry farming more sustainable: Repo...

    Blueberries consist of 85% water. This means that even short periods of drought are disastrous for harvesting blueberries. The fruit stops growing, and small berries cause the grower to receive...

  • Measuring lux in chicken pens, pigsties and other stables

    Measuring lux in chicken pens, pigsties and oth...

    A lamp emits a certain amount of light, this is expressed in lumen. The range and direction in which this light is being emitted are not taken into consideration. Lux expresses the...

    Measuring lux in chicken pens, pigsties and oth...

    A lamp emits a certain amount of light, this is expressed in lumen. The range and direction in which this light is being emitted are not taken into consideration. Lux expresses the...

  • PAR & plants, is it the right light sensor for you?

    PAR & plants, is it the right light sensor for ...

    PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) is specifically for plants and is measured in micromole per second per square meter. Plants grow best within 400-700 nanometers in the light spectrum. This is because...

    PAR & plants, is it the right light sensor for ...

    PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) is specifically for plants and is measured in micromole per second per square meter. Plants grow best within 400-700 nanometers in the light spectrum. This is because...

  • Creating Crodeon

    Creating Crodeon

    The humble Flemish farmer doesn't need too many technical gadgets, or so he thought. Sam & Jonathan decided to develop a system that makes measuring and gathering data easy and...

    Creating Crodeon

    The humble Flemish farmer doesn't need too many technical gadgets, or so he thought. Sam & Jonathan decided to develop a system that makes measuring and gathering data easy and...

1 of 4
  • Live online demo

    Sign up for a free account on the Crodeon Dashboard a watch a real live working demo.

    Watch the demo 
  • Talk to sales

    Schedule an appointment with Jonathan, our Sales Manager, for more information about this solution.

    Schedule a call 
  • Contact us

    For partnerships, distribution, or any other question, don't hesistate to contact us!

    Contact us