In April, Unidata and EKO instruments signed a partner agreement to work together to sell Neon Systems in Japan and to also work together on the very good weather instruments which EKO provides.
EKO instruments is a very successful manufacturer focussed in the areas of Environmental Science and Renewable Energy. EKO Instruments was established more than 85 years ago, with specialisation in pyranometer technology and other equipment to assist in the measurement and management of photovoltaic equipment for the renewable energy industry.
EKO Instruments provides an extensive product portfolio originating from its in-house development and production facilities, ranging from small radiometers, ISO 9060 standard pyranometers, spectroradiometers up to multi-panel IV curve tracer systems for PV performance evaluation.
Unidata looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with EKO instruments. Please see the photos of Mr Osamu Sakamoto and Kevin Chung at the EKO Instruments facility and some photos of the National Weather Department Conference and Exhibition in Tokyo in May. Kevin Chung attended this event and assisted EKO on their conference stand.
In March Rod McKay, General Manager NIWA Instrument Systems, and Matt Saunders attended Gippsland Irrigation Expo, in Sale in Eastern Victoria where they exhibited Neon based automated irrigation measurement and control systems.
The main proponent and supporter of this event is Southern Rural Water, the water utility responsible for water management in the lush and fertile East Gippsland region of Victoria, just near the beginning of the snowy mountains range. This was very much a country affair with cattle shed used as the exhibition venue. We received strong enquiries for Neon based automated irrigation systems. Most of the attendees were local landholders who had farms in the region over many decades.
They all had the view that automation was the way to improve farm productivity and to be able to leave the farm for a short time, something which was regarded as impossible in years past. They were keen to see how they could control their irrigation systems from their home, with a preference for using smart phone apps to check water levels and irrigation system status. They also were seeking remote image capture, to have a visual indication of the livestock as well, again this is something which allows them to not be in attendance at the farm at all times.