BlueLeg Monitor takes out 39th spot with the EcoWatch

Top 100 - 2016Drachten – The results of the MKB Innovation Top 100 for 2016 have been announced. BlueLeg Monitor came in at an admirable 39th spot with the EcoWatch.  The competition isn annual event organized by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

The EcoWatch is a fully autonomous instrument for measuring water quality parameters of surface waters. The device measures based on the light reflected off the water’s surface, and performs this feat every 10 minutes. The wealth of data generates new insights in to the behaviours of water bodies, and can function as an early warning system for for example toxic algae detection.

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.

De Lijte

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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