Water Tank Monitoring System

Who Was Our Client?

Selected Farmers out in Central West NSW.


What Problem Did These Farmers Need to be Solved?

SAPHI has always had a soft spot for farmers so when a group of farmers approached us and told our team of the water management problems they were having we decided to act. The Farmers were frustrated with travelling hours each day to visually check every tank they owned to check the water levels. They also expressed the devastation they had when they realised a tank had sprung a leak overnight and they had lost all of their water. They needed a more efficient and reliable way to monitor their water.


What Was The Solution?

In short: SAPHI designed and developed a tank level monitoring system that would enable farmers to track the water level of various tanks from anywhere in the world.

Detailed: SAPHI created an end-to-end solution that farmers could use to monitor the levels of their tanks at any time, from anywhere. The comprehensive system is a great example of SAPHI’s Ground-to-Cloud service offering. With our custom software, we can programmed sensors to collect the water data from the tanks, communicated it data to the cloud and made it accessible via an intuitive user interface design, enabling the user to have complete control of the system at all times and locations.

The Ground-to-Cloud solution provides a comprehensive data set to a user with an accuracy degree of 1 mm ensuring water health is closely protected. SAPHI implemented a SMART alarm system which included warning emails for water levels falling below configurable volumes, detection of a high rate of change, indicating leakage or open taps, and battery status warnings. Allowing the user to take quick action to protect their arguably most precious resource.


What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The design and implementation of the system required a broad range of technical skills including:

  • Low-level embedded code for reading sonar and temperature sensors that pushed information to a database
  • Database design and implementation so the sensor data could be accessed via the web front-end and individual sensors could be assigned to specific user accounts
  • API development so the devices could be configured from the web front end
  • Front end development of the smart farm user portal
  • Design of the solar battery system to ensure the system would run for at least 2 days without sunlight.