We are in the top 100 most innovative SMEs

The names of the 100 most innovates SMEs have been published!

… and we are one of them. With our autonomous water quality sensor: The EcoWatch.

The Chamber of Commerce stimulates growth of entrepreneurs and innovation is one of the main backbones. Innovate enterpreneurs from Small and Medium Enterprises stimulate the economy with their ideas and spirit.

On Thursday September 29th, prior to the Day of Innovation, the most innovative SME is announced.

More info here (sorry, only in Dutch).

Innovation in water Singapore

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore has published Volume 8 of their Innovation in water Singapore. The publication contains information about PUB’s collaboration project together with BlueLeg Monitor and Water Insight. Page 32 contains the article ‘Hyperspectral monitoring of surface water bodies in real time’.

PUB have used the WISP-3 for a period of six months during which over 1,200 readings in different lakes were gathered. The readings gave instant results on the concentrations of algae and blue-green algae.

The article can be found on page 32 and the publication can be downloaded here.

The website of PUB can be accessed here.

EcoWatch officially launched: the first cyanobacteria real time monitor

The official launch of the EcoWatch fixed position water quality field monitor will take place at April 7th at the recreation site de Lijte of the Lake Paterswoldsemeer. near Groningen in the Netherlands. Carla Alma, executive officer at water utility Noorderzijlvest, en Paula Lambeck, executive member of Recreational Board Paterswolde will officially launch the instrument. The EcoWatch continuously monitors cyanobacteria concentrations in the lake.

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Recreatiegebied De Lijte, Paterswoldsemeer

The launch of the monitor is envisaged to be the start of a new era of near real time monitoring, using the light reflection of the water body and interpreting the spectral information.

The method is quick and efficient and combines the distant use of satellite images and the ground truthing using the field monitor.

The monitor is generating continuous water quality data, which are transferred to the water utility. Forecasts of cyanobacteria blooms a few days in advance will allow proper economic and efficient water management. Mitigating actions may be applied quicker and the general public will be informed on the spot.

The EcoWatch development is financially supported by Provinsje Fryslân, the Dutch Ministery of Economic Affairs and the Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN).

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Oceanology International 2016

Hans Wouters will be giving a presentation during the Aquaculture session of Oceanology International 2016 (http://www.oceanologyinternational.com/en/Sessions/16319/Aquaculture) entitled “Surface Water Quality Observation Moving to the Internet of Things Era: The EcoWatch”.
The aquaculture sector continues to grow globally and with this growth come new challenges that call for innovative research and technology solutions. BlueLeg  Monitor is presenting its powerful contributions towards safe fish farming using real time ecological monitoring tools.
Hans’ presentation will be at 14:00 – 14:25 on Wednesday 16th March in the South Gallery, ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, London.

Age de Boer joins the BLM team in the role of Operations Manager

AgeOn the 1st of February 2016 the BLM team expanded with the addition of Age de Boer. In his role of Operations Manager he’ll play an important role in the further development of the BLM products and services. Age has a university degree in Applied Mathematics and more than 10 years of relevant expertise in developing services in the field of meteorology and in project management of multi-disciplinary teams. Age worked in the roles of scientific developer and as project manager at the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService), and later as Manager Implementation Services at Connexion Systems in Australia.

Both Age’s specific subject matter expertise as well as his project management experience are relevant to the development and implementation of field instruments for surface water monitoring and for the delivery of forecasting services.