The Gallagher Water Flow Indicator took out the Fieldays International Innovation Award at the International Business Networker on day two of Fieldays 2019.
Inspired by pure frustration, Murray Jones was sick of forever going around his farm looking for water leaks and was told by his wife that he’d talked about it enough and it was time to get on and do it.
The process for creating the Water Flow Indicator took about six or seven years and went through three or four different protypes until Murray was ready to take it to the next step. Equipped with his prototype secured in a box, Murray went to Gallagher to pitch his idea and come up with a plan.
“It was an easy choice to go to Gallagher to make this happen, I knew what I wanted but I relied heavily on their expertise to make it happen. Gallagher have such a great reputation nationally and globally and their marketing reach is pretty hard to beat,” said Murray.
Step one was the actual Water Flow Indicator unit and step two was to get it into a smartphone which is where Gallagher came in. It was important to solve the problem of finding water leaks but also to make it able to be easily checked remotely.
The award judges enjoyed the brilliantly simple practicality of the Gallagher Water Flow indicator and recognised how it will help to identify system leaks, monitor water flow at glance and support farmers to meet their obligations around compliance and regulations.
Judges also admired its standalone nature and appreciated its scalability to offer a more comprehensive on farm water monitoring system through digital communication and easy to use smartphone apps.
Fieldays is based on a 114-hectare site at Mystery Creek 10 minutes from Hamilton and is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fieldays draws people from around the globe – both as exhibitors and visitors. In 2018 Fieldays celebrated its 50th event and saw 130,866 people visit the event, generating $492M in sales revenue for New Zealand businesses.
Fieldays is run by New Zealand National Fieldays Society, a charitable organisation founded in 1968 for the purpose of advancing primary industry.
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