Rainfall varies over a wide area and farmers need to know how storms and showers have affected different parts of their farm for irrigation scheduling, planting or harvesting planning. Currently they have a series of manually operated rain gauges set up and they need to drive around the farm to see what rainfall they have received.
Goanna have developed a remote reading rain gauge that automatically records rainfall and passes it back to the web site for easy viewing.A page on the web site collates all rain gauges and allows a quick assessment of the results of a storm or rain event.
The rain gauge is a tipping bucket type that automatically registers rain without ever needing to be emptied. The data collected is directly sent back to the central server for processing to the web page. Currently the web page updates every hour, as we believe this is a reasonable time for rainfall updates and reduces Internet traffic and therefore lowers broadband costs.