Meri kirihimete from team Econode!
Merry Christmas and Happy new year!
This year 2018 had taken a roller-coaster for all of us. Here are some quick highlights what we had achieved.
Moving to Auckland.
In July we had moved the Econode office to Auckland. We still need to adjust with the city life: traffic, noise, street lights and electricity. In the other hand, it is more convenient here to travel and meet our customers and suppliers, attend tradeshows and conferences, network with liked-mind people. We were honored to present our SmartTrap and its monitoring system at the EAGLE - NEW ZEALAND ESRI USER CONFERENCE at SkyCity in Auckland, Fieldday in Hamilton, NEST – Biosecurity Conference in Nelson and Pestivile in Auckland.
More nodes on the field.
Public and private bodies have expressed a strong interest in Econode both locally and internationally. Three regional councils in New Zealand had signed contracts choosing Econode - SmartTrap TM for Product and Consultant engagement toward Predator-Free New Zealand 2050. We are excited and yet committed for the best performance outcome in hope to make the Predator-Free New Zealand dream possible.
The growth of IoT
In April 2018, we attended the IoT day in Auckland to mark the World IoT day. Lauren Salisbury from Momenta Partners has shown the better use of the Internet of Things by farmers could generate around $500 million net economic benefit for New Zealand. (Computer World) Matt Way from Econode had presented a showcase of SmartTrap and its remote pest management monitoring system on Great Barrier Island and Kapiti Island.
Real time map traps New Zealand predators
In October 2018, Scott Sambell of Ethos Environmental won both prices: Supreme Award and Individual Award from NZSEA – New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards. Scott had been a driven force of Econode. He is a co-founder alongside with Matt Way. The ability to create maps, and apps, has been a force multiplier for both Ethos Environmental and Econode. The Econode team researched and deployed a wireless network, built a maker lab with electronic components and a 3D printer to create their sensor, and have harnessed the online software-as-a-service GIS platform ArcGIS Online to put their sensors on the map. Scott departed Econode early this year to focus on other adventures with Milly - the super dog and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) but his contribution is recognized and honored.
Technology with a view
In November, our talented team installed 4G connection to WiFi repeater at Glenfern Sanctuary, Great Barrier Island. Glenfern Sanctuary is now fully connected to the world. This place has proven to be a very helpful laboratory to get a handle on the complexity of the predator problem. The work there has attracted many scientists who are finding the predator-free practices and species conservation efforts helpful for their research.
New Advisory Board
December 20, 2018, we form a new Advisory Board and have our 1st Board meeting. We feel so lucky to have talented and experienced members on board. This helps us growth financially and commercially. We are excited on what 2019 might bring us. We are going to make a formal announcement on our Econode website when we had all the details finalized. So, watch this space.
Here comes summer!
The pohutukawa is beautifully blooming as shown on the picture.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas and we will be in touch in new year to keep you up to date. We would like to thank you for the support we have received, the believing on us of making a different. Hopefully you all know who you are because the list is long.
Meri Kirihimete! Have a great and safe holiday!
From Matt, Ann and Manuka of Team Econode.