Environmental Solution of the Year

Environmental Solution of the Year

We have been awarded the Environmental Solution of the Year at the annual Manufacturers Monthly Endeavour Awards. This is for the WaterLink SmartMESH pulse water meter reading IoT AMR system that uses Wirepas mesh networking to reduce monthly communications cost by allowing the water meter readers to form their own local mesh network.

This works particularly well for sites where the wiring for BMS integration isn’t already present and there also isn’t local power for the water meter reading modules. The units are battery operated with 10+ year battery life and capable of reading up to 6 water meters from a single unit. This is great for retrofitting to existing sites and equally useful for new sites where automated readings weren’t considered in the planning or building.

Only the gateways need to be Internet connected and this can be via cellular using the latest Cellular IoT Communications CAT-M1 or NB-IoT 4G technologies.That means no requirement for on site IT provisioning. Just cable tie a unit in place and hook up the pulse probe and it is ready to go.

The pulse probe connectors use screw terminals inside the connector body so you don’t even need those prewired. No mains power needed except for the gateways and they run from plug packs. And with 10+ year battery life they are nearly set and forget. You will get notified when the batteries need replacing so you don’t even need to keep track of that.

There is a web service for reporting hourly water usage including minimum and maximum flow rates. This allows advanced functions such as leak detection. One installation found a 27,000 Litres per day leak the first week it was installed.

WaterLink site water usage reporting

The system is in production and the best part from our perspective is that it is Made In Australia. So this is local manufacturing, local jobs and local value creation.

WaterLink daily usage reporting

IoT Technology Base

The IoT Technology Base underpinning the product is the key to the Low Power Electronics operation as well as the low cost of manufacturing.

Waterlink SmartMESH PCB
Waterlink SmartMESH PCB

The underpinning communications technologies come from u-blox with their SARA-R410M dual NB-IoT & CAT-M1 cellular module and NINA-B1 low power 2.4GHz radio module, and Wirepas for the most robust industrial grade IoT mesh networking protocol we have ever worked with.

u-Blox SARA-R410M
u-Blox SARA-R410M
u-Blox NINA-B112
u-Blox NINA-B112
Wirepas
Wirepas
Endeavour Award winners 2020

Endeavour Awards Finalists 2020

We are also pleased to have been selected as finalists for:

  • Most Innovative Manufacturing Company Award
  • Excellence in Growth

Our congratulations go to all the winners and finalists. You are all making Australia better for your efforts and that is particularly important in a time like this where we have seen the value of local jobs and local and local value creation. Well done.


Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years.


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2020 Year of Collaboration

Collaboration in 2020

Collaboration is a key ingredient to secure opportunities. And a lack of Collaboration is a big impediment. So I was very pleased to see Manufacturers’ Monthly covering a recent project we did that needed Collaboration from multiple industry partners to work.

I presented this case at the IoT Impact 2019 manufacturing stream. I’ll include the main slides for that below. And this is for a product that was Made In Australia, not just because we want to, but because it was the only way it could happen in time.

Collaboration Case Study

The Collaboration Case Study is for the IND Technology Early Fault Detection system that was deployed to a rural SWER Line Monitoring trial as part of the Victorian bush fire amelioration program. This required us to coordinate the program and also do the primary electronics and embedded software design along with our supply partners gearing up for PCB Assembly, Cable and Loom Assembly and mechanical design and production for boxes, mounting and solar panels. All this in parallel with web services. For a new technology category. So we needed to work together very closely.

A Winning Combination covers the project. The story was put together by Connor Pearce of Prime Creative Media.

Successful Endeavours - CCBA Manufacturer of the Year 2019
Successful Endeavours – CCBA Manufacturer of the Year 2019

Collaboration Partners

It takes a team of partners to pull off a project like this. So here are some of the people we collaborated with:

And of course IND Technology were highly Collaborative as well.

IoT Impact Slides

These are the slides from the presentation.

A common IoT problem

•Buyers want a catalogue for solutions
•Catalogues don’t contain a viable solution
•There are plenty of sensors available
•Hardware platforms don’t fit the opportunity
•Software back ends are also often a barrier
•Total cost of ownership ends up too high

A possible solution

•Rapid design of a suitable hardware solution
•Get it made locally (in Australia)
•But the catch is that unless very confident, you don’t invest in this until you get the order
•So how quickly can it be done?

Example IND.T

•IND Technology EVFD – finds power system faults – reduces outages and bush fires
•Got the order for 65 trial units end of July 2017
•For Delivery in November 2017 (< 16 weeks)
•For a product not yet designed
•With features not yet confirmed eg. turned out most units had to be solar powered

IND Technology EVFD solar powered

IND Technology - EVFD Solar
IND Technology – EVFD Solar

Above is an example of one of the solar powered units as built but without the cover plate over the FPGA based processing systems that samples at 250MSPS.

Collaboration Ecosystem

Below is the Collaboration Ecosystem where Collaboration was needed.

IND Technology - Collaboration Ecosystem
IND Technology – Collaboration Ecosystem

The areas with dark borders are the parts we handled internally as well as overall coordination and integration. Each of the other areas was handled by one of our supply partners.

Precision Electronics Technologies received a supplier award for their contribution.

Precision Electronics Technology Staff
Precision Electronics Technology Staff

As did Connect Electronics.

Connect Electronics Team
Connect Electronics Team

And the overall result won the IoT Innovation Award for 2018.

IoT Innovation Award 2018
IoT Innovation Award 2018

So a very good outcome all round. And the trial was a resounding success showing that we have another weapon in our arsenal of bush fire prevention strategies. And isn’t that very timely at the moment?

So I’m looking forward to doing more Collaboration in 2020 and especially in IoT where it really needs whole ecosystem to deliver a solution.


Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years.


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EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards 2019

EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards

This coming week we will be at the EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards for 2019 in Adelaide at the World Electronics Forum. We have 4 submissions across 2 categories but won’t know anything further until the night when the announcements are made.

The Categories are:

  • New Product Design Award
  • Best Industry Collaborative Project

 

World Electronics Forum 2019
World Electronics Forum 2019 Adelaide

All the products are Designed in Australia and Made in Australia so I’m very pleased to see them getting this recognition. And also pleased to see Collaboration being specifically recognised. You can still register to go at World Electronics Forum Adelaide 2019 registration.

I’ll provide an update once we know more.


Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years.


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ICT Business of the Year 2019

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Business of the year 2019

We are very pleased to let you know that on Friday 15th November 2019 we were awarded the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Business of the Year for 2019 at the MyBusiness Awards.

ICT Business of the year 2019
ICT Business of the year 2019

We were pleased to be selected as MyBusiness Awards Finalists in October so this is pretty exciting for us and I’m really pleased for the recognition our team has received for their hard work in creating new electronics based products for manufacture in Australia. And the vast majority of those products are communicating products in the Internet of Things category.

2019_Winners_INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
2019 Winners ICT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Here are some more shots from the night.

ICT Business Award Presentation 2019
ICT Business Award Presentation 2019
ICT finalists 2019
ICT finalists 2019
ICT finalists plaque 2019
ICT finalists plaque 2019

This really caps of 2019 for us. We start a new IoT project every 3 days at the moment so looking forward to what another 12 months deliveries for leading edge Australian made smart products.


Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years.


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Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award 2019

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2019

We are very pleased to announce that we won the Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award for 2019. This has been a long time coming and I’m very pleased for the recognition of what our team are doing for Australian Electronics Manufacturing.

Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award 2019
Casey Cardinia Manufacturer Award 2019
Casey Cardinia Manufacturer of the Year 2019
Casey Cardinia Manufacturer of the Year 2019

Our congratulations go to all the finalists and winners and especially Gumbaya World for taking out the Case Cardinia Business of the Year.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards Winners 2019

And here are all the winners.

2019 Casey Cardinia Business Awards
2019 Casey Cardinia Business Awards
  • Business and Professional Services – Nobelius Land Surveyors
  • Health, Education and Wellbeing – Glow Clinic
  • Home-based Business – Tour Local
  • Hospitality – Atura Dandenong
  • Manufacturer – Successful Endeavours
  • New Business – Glow Clinic
  • Retail – New York Barbers
  • Social Enterprise – Waverley Industries
  • Tourism and Travel – Gumbaya World
  • Trades and Construction – Insight Construction Group
  • Casey Cardinia Business of the Year 2019 – Gumbaya World

Successful Endeavours 2019

And we have been so busy that it is hard to get everyone together for a group shot so this is half our team.

Successful Endeavours Team 2019
Successful Endeavours Team 2019


Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In AustraliaRay Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years.


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