Looking Back at 2016
2016 was a big year for Realtime Aquaculture as we focused our efforts on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our core products.
aquaMeasure is our wireless sensor that measures temperature, tilt and Dissolved Oxygen levels. In the last twelve months, we have made significant improvements in stability and user-ability driven by the success we have had in measuring DO in other applications and making it highly relevant in the aquaculture industry.
- We have added internal memory to log the sensor data collected.
- We have added a Bluetooth interface, and more recently a Bluetooth Low Energy interface, to allow users to wirelessly configure and download data from their sensors.
- We have added multi-channel communications, allowing for faster data transmission back to the aquaHub and continuous updates back to the farmer.
- We have essentially built a multi-lane highway within the aquaMeasure to reduce road congestion, allowing sensor data to get through faster.
- The newly designed outer case makes the aquaMeasure easier to install and more secure in the water
- We greatly improved the battery within the aquaMeasure; the batteries now last up to a year and are easy to replace.
Similarly, the aquaHub (the data collector that transmits data to the aquaCurrent dashboard) underwent major improvements in 2016.
- As with the aquaMeasure, the battery life on the aquaHub has been vastly improved. This means we can use a smaller solar panel and fit it into a smaller box making the entire unit smaller, lighter and more cost-efficient.
- The addition of a digital hydrophone enables faster underwater communications and helps improve noise tolerance of the system. It also allows us to better tune and optimizing system performance to the unique environment of each farm.
- We have added many communications options ranging from satellite to cellular to Wifi depending on what is available at your farm.
Once we were confident with the reliability of our core products, we turned our attention to our deployment process. One of the key benefits of our system is that deployment on a farm is fast and easy, and requires minimal equipment. Our goal is that farmers are able to deploy and support these modular systems on their own, saving the Farmers both time and money.
Organizationally 2016 was a major turning point for us. At the beginning of the year, we were a team working on a project within another company. Our name was harvest and we were just getting our feet wet in the industry.
Fast forward twelve months and we are now a company with dedicated space and resources. We invested in our brand, renaming the company Realtime Aquaculture and launched this website. We attended several industry tradeshows and continue to learn about the pain points of fish farms and fish farmers.
What’s ahead for Realtime Aquaculture in 2017?
A large portion of our time will continue to be spent on testing, learning and incorporating the insights into product and process improvements. Working with our customers is how we innovate and we plan on continuing this formula in 2017.
We will be ramping up production as more farms deploy our technology. We also will be investing in software enhancements with a focus on the dashboard. This also means we will be ramping up our human resources to support our goals and commitments.
Looking forward to a prosperous 2017!