In October 2011 NZ awoke to the news that the container ship MV Rena had run aground off the coast of Tauranga on the Astrolabe Reef.
Soon after salvage crews started work on recovering the Rena, Harvest was called in to provide a weather station and webcam located on the bridge to
provide weather information for the salvers and helicopter pilots. We have put together photos in a timelapse from the 22nd Dec 2011 to the 10th January
showing some of the salvage effort. Around halfway through the Rena can be seen to break in half during a storm and then the final few images show the
final moments before the stern sinks - complete with Harvest weather station and webcam. Click here to see the
We often get asked how to use soil moisture readings for irrigation. We push data for many clients to third party providers who our customers have
contracted to provide them with management advice on such things as when and how much to irrigate. However some of our customers want to figure out
how to irrigate themselves or even if they use a third party provider they are interested in how the decisions are made. So we have written a short
information sheet on this subject. This is not applicable to fruit such as grapes and kiwifruit if the plants are purposely being stressed in order
to adjust the sugar levels. To view this document click here.
TVNZ's Rural Delivery show which aired on the 11th October featured a segment on Harvest Electronics involvement in the dairy industry. The video
can be viewed on TVNZ OnDemand or via Youtube. To see the video on Youtube click here.
Harvest is pleased to announce the release of the Extended Long Range Remote (XLR) for use as a repeater or as a control solution. The XLR alongside
the ITU G2 allows for more monitoring and control options on sites that are very large, have wireless coverage issues due to terrain or require
complex control solutions.
The Harvest team has continued to grow with Daniel Broome joining the tech support team and Ehsan Tabatabaei Yazdi joining the software team.
Harvest is attending the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. We can be located at site PF2 in the premier feature section of the pavilion. If you
are attending we would love the opportunity to meet you.
We are pleased to welcome Tyler Batchelor to Harvest. Tyler will be joining Logan, Philip and Michael in the support team. Tyler has a
background in web design so will be a valuable asset to the team.
With continuing expansion into various market including farming a new team member has joined our production department. Kerry Nichols has a range
of technician skills as the result of running his own electronics repair company. Kerry will be carrying out field installs and building systems
Harvest is pleased to announce the release of the Extended Long Range Remote (XLR). The XLR will help fill a hole in the Harvest product range
as a bridge between the Long Range Remote (LRR) and the ITU G2. The XLR is first being released as part of effluent irrigator monitors and for use
in situations where the LRR is short on inputs/outputs. In the following months it was also be available for use as a wireless remote repeater and
as a PLC type controller.
Harvest are pleased to welcome Michael Hollingsworth and Robert Gale to the team.
Michael joined us after working in the pro video and lighting industry. He will be managing inventory along with assisting with purchasing
and backing up the support team.
Rob has joined the production team to replace Mark Thompson who has left to travel overseas. Rob will be taking on the roll of technician
responsible for repairs, RMAs and development. Rob will also be working alongside Chris to run the SMD plant. Rob immigrated from the UK and
has qualifications and previous experience in the electronics industry so will be a great asset to the team.
Following on from the launch of the Rural Fire Danger website, check out this interview with
Southern Rural Fire: Youtube clip from CUE TV South Today News.
Harvest are pleased to announce the release of the Acclima TDT soil moisture sensor. This sensor
is especially good on dairy farms as it automatically compensates for conductivity which is hugely influenced by effluent and fertiliser. Check
out our instructional installation video here.
Harvest were pleased to have the opportunity to host MP Steven Joyce in his official capacity as Minister for Science and Innovation.
A company we have partnered with have just released a new dust monitor. Harvest has worked with Aeroqual to provide telemetry and an online
interface that allows for real-time online monitoring anywhere in the world. For more information please check out their website
Aeroqual Dust Sentry.
Harvest has started development of a new wireless remote - the Extended Long Range Remote or XLR for short. This new remote has an expanded
feature set over the existing Long Range Remote (LRR). Some of the new features include ability to do logic/control, extra inputs and the ability
to act as a standalone wireless remote repeater. Expected release is in the first quarter of 2014.
Harvest are pleased to announce the release of a Rural Fire Danger website in conjunction with regional Rural Fire Authorities. This website
is designed to give the public hourly updates regarding the Fire Danger in their areas. The website data is generated using regional Rural Fire
Authority owned Harvest weather stations (RAWS) along with formulas provided by SCION research.
Renovations have been completed at our offices in Masterton. The offices were originally owned by ENZA and built in 1993 and although well
maintained were in need of a freshen up! Check out some of picture on the Harvest Electronics
Harvest is attending the national Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, NZ from June 12-15. Come check us out at site PB1 in the Pavilion.
Check out this site map.
We are pleased to announce that Philip Harvey has joined the Support Team. Philip has a interesting combination of degrees and
certification - theology and computing. With Philip joining the team the Support Team now has three full time members.
Check out this great news article focusing on smart farming by one of our customers:
Dairying by Numbers Paying Off
Whilst enjoying the mud Peter and Andrew Munn took time to meet with new and existing customers at the South Island Agricultural
Field Days. Check out the write up that was featured on the Field Days website -
From Coca-Cola to the South Island Agricultural Field Days
Harvest are attending the South Island Field Days held at Lincoln on March 20-22. We would love the opportunity to meet you and discuss
how we can enhance your business.
Here at Harvest we are always trying to continually enhance the monitoring system website interface and have added the following features
over the last few months:
-Tabs: allowing data to be split into "groups" of data (eg. Weather, Flow Meters and Soil Moisture)
-Google Maps: the maps interface allows for data to be seen from a map point of view with current readings
A system in the Hawkes Bay and one in Central Otago recorded highs of 41 degrees C in January - a very hot dry spell.
Harvest are sorry to say goodbye to one team member - Peter Ruddock - who has moved on while we welcome another team member, Brad Curtis-Smith.
Brad joins the support team with a background in surveying.
A relatively "normal" October saw 17,163 automated frost alert messages get sent. This number is 5,000 more than October 2011 but only
1,000 more than October 2010.
The Harvest team has grown by one - Logan Clarke has joined our support team. Logan has previous experience in product support, B2B sales and IT -
so his experience will be invaluable to the team.
Development and testing has started on monitoring and GPS tracking of pod effluent irrigators.
Harvest has recently finished development of a blast gas monitor. The blast gas monitor has the ability to monitor multiple gas types (eg. NO2, CO2 and NO)
along with weather conditions. Alarms can be generated from any of the monitored variables. See here
for more details.
Harvest are pleased to announce that in conjunction with Streat Instruments we now have a serial interface adapter available so
serial versions of the Aquaflex soil moisture probe can be connected to Long Range Remotes.
Harvest are about to start field testing of level sensors for milk vat and feed silos. Milk vat level sensing in conjunction
with vat temperature monitoring allows the processing of smart alarms for high milk temperature alerts.
Harvest will be attending the New Zealand National Field Days at Mystery Creek, Hamilton from June 13-16. We will be located in the
main pavilion at site PD15.
Field trials are starting with GPS on the Long Range Remote (LRR). GPS to enable tracking of travelling irrigators and effluent spreaders.
Development has started on a new "extended" Long Range Remote. The extended LRR will incorporate a few extra inputs but most importantly
it will have two relay outputs available. The relay outputs will be operated by a website interface or by pre-programmed logic.
The Harvest team has welcomed two new members and is sorry to say goodbye to our previous accounts manager - Sally McKay. Margaret Anderson
has taken on the role of Accounts Manger while Simon Aplin is currently being trained to further bolster the ranks of the support team.
Testing is currently being carried out at two separate dairy farms to enable monitoring of vat temperature. Preliminary testing
has been successful and automated alarms are currently enabled for one of the dairy farms to alert for high milk temperature.
Harvest has hit the ground running in 2012. With the sinking of the stern of the Rena and weather station which was located on the bridge -
a new weather station with attached camera has been installed on the bow of the ship.
Harvest has supplied a weather station for the Parachute Music Festival
(running 27th January to 30th January) along with a camera set to take photos at 10min intervals. Check out the photo gallery
with images from the 4 days of setup and 4 days during the festival.
Due to our close association with Kiwirail, Mark Thompson has just completed training to allow work on the NZ Rail Network.
A new option for viewing your weather is now available. If you click the "today" option above your weather graphs you will be given
a current weather in a slim cut down view. This is perfect for viewing on smartphones, and can be embedded in your own webpage -
contact us for information on how to do this.
The Harvest mobile webApp has been given a small face lift, optimised for high res smartphones. Gives you a 3 hour view of your graphs
in a cut down mobile friendly web page. Check it out by either visiting harvest.com on your phone and navigating through the portal,
or by visiting m.harvest.com directly.
Mark Thompson and David Bray recently undertook training with OSH for Working at Heights.
We recently installed one of our weather stations with the camera option on the shipwrecked Rena to assist the salvage operation.
The station was installed 48 hours after receiving the order. The helicopter pilots have found the live weather data to be valuable
as landing on the ship can be dangerous in high winds. This photo taken from the
weather station shows a helicopter landing on a makeshift platform on top of a shipping container.
See the current weather conditions on Motiti Island, only a short distance from the stranded
Rena container ship.
Harvest now have 5m and 10m portable or permanent weather station masts availabe. Contact us for more info.
A fairly mild frost alert season for most of New Zealand meant that only 11,981 alarm messages were sent out for the month of October.
Plenty of cold nights saw our servers send out 25,078 alarm messages sent out for the month of September.
Due to a large increase in product support and sales enquiries we have added a fourth team member to our sales
and support team. Peter Ruddock, originally from the UK, has experience in sales, hardware engineering and software
programming and is a welcome addition to the team.
We have had our method of open channel depth and flow monitoring certified by Niwa scientists in Central Otago.
Landslip monitoring trials have started in conjunction with Kiwirail.
Check us out at the 2011 Fieldays at Mystery Creek. If you don't have a chance to go along, heres a photo of our stand.
Harvest Electronics - Site PE27
Harvest will be at Fieldays 2011 - Find us in the Pavilion, site PE27.
We have extended our reaches into the European market with a system trial in France
A remote 1.3 megapixel camera is currently under development. In conjunction with our monitoring systems it offers users
the ability to see real time photos of their property on their web page. You can view the images from our
development unit or a local vineyard.
Harvest has just installed our latest weather device, the age-old Stevenson Screen.
This has been set up with a bare temperature sensor wired into our Solway Weather Station, for comparison with
our own Harvest Temperature sensor in Solar Shields.
Harvest will be attending the 2011 Central Districts Field Days,
find us at site AG48.
Harvest is currently trialling a wireless power line (33kVA) temperature sensor with Unison Networks Limited.
We are excited to add wireless driveway sensors to our product line. Using this in conjunction with the long range remote and an ITU-G2
you can now monitor your driveway for vehicles and be alerted (via txt message or voice call) within 30 seconds of the vehicle passing the sensor.
Harvest is now offering a unique solution (using an Ultrasonic level sensor) for the calculation of flow through a weir.
This can either be wired directly into a weather station or have data sent back wirelessly via the solar powered long range remote.
Harvest is now setup to comply with telemetry monitoring standards with seven regional councils.
The long range remote is now available as a solar powered version for sites where attached sensors have high power usage.
Harvest attended the Napa Valley Viticultural Fair in conjunction
with Nord Vineyard Services.
Despite the addition of 70 more online systems, a relatively mild frost season meant that only 16,680 alert
messages were sent out in October.
Harvest are pleased to announce that Irrigation Services in Hawkes Bay and Water Metrics in Canterbury are
now onboard as resellers and service agents.
In conjunction with GNS Science and Kiwirail
Harvest are providing weather stations to monitor weather conditions to work toward a landslide prediction solution.
Harvest are pleased to welcome David Bray to the ever expanding team. David has a strong background in all things technical
including radio gear and will be assisting with production and product support.
We are pleased to welcome Sally McKay to the Harvest team as our Accounts Manager.
Harvest are pleased to announce that Marlborough Cabling is now onboard as a reseller and service agent for Marlborough.
Motorola sample 900/2100 3G H24 data modules are now available.
All Harvest solar powered systems are now available standard as pipe mount with warratah/t-post now an option.
Demo Frost Alarm and Weather Station installed in the Napa Valley, California, USA in conjunction with Nord Vineyard Services.
Generation three level crossing monitors are now being rolled out across New Zealand in conjunction with KiwiRail.
Harvest Shearing Scoring System used at the Golden Shears New Zealand shearing championships. Live video streaming was also provided by Harvest.
Weather Station installed in Argentina, system sold by Nicolas from Vintex. www.vintex.cl
The Tru-Track anemometer and Sentek soil moisture sensors are now available from Harvest.
Over 2000 units now online with Harvest.
18,079 frost alert messages sent out in October 2009.
12,203 frost alert messages sent out in September 2009.
The acquisition of Yamaha surface mount machines has been completed allowing all circuit boards to be designed, manufactured, assembled and tested on site.
Harvest Industrial Weather Systems now available with the Vaisala WTX520 - details here.
Motorola H24 850/2100 3G sample modules are now available in very limited quantities.
Satellite Weather System deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo - picture here and weather data here.
Motorola H24 3G module due for release late 2009, some details available here. Contact us for details and pricing.
Excerpt from Vodafone case study:
Vodafone worked with strategic partners Harvest Electronics and Hilltop Software,
to produce a wireless solution that ensures that regardless of location or weather Horizons Council remains in real-time
control. Full story here.
Harvest awarded contract to monitor online the majority of New Zealand's rail level crossings.
All new ITU G2 due out fourth quarter of 2009 with more inputs (including SDI-12), removable SD card for logging and LCD display.
5,248 frost alert messages sent out in November 2008