Tech company enters into first retail partnership

Dunedin tech company Tussock Innovation has taken the next step.

As of last week, its Waterwatch water management system was available in Farmlands stores, its first retail partnership.

Waterwatch is a smart water tank monitor used on farms across the country to track changes in water storage, identify leaks and notify users of low water levels.

A Wi-Fi version of the Tank Monitor was released earlier this year for the residential market, such as lifestyle blocks and vacation homes.

Tank monitors read the water level in the tank and send it to the Waterwatch mobile app. Alarms could be set for low level and leak detection, access could be shared with family or staff, and multiple tanks could be managed across multiple properties.

Founded in October 2014, Tussock Innovation is the brainchild of Jesse Teat and his friend Mark Butler, who completed a master’s degree in electronics together at the University of Otago.

They started designing software, mostly mobile apps, Mr. Teat as an electronics designer and Mr. Butler as a software engineer.

The Waterwatch brand, launched in 2018, aimed to improve water management.

The team had now supplied over 3,500 level sensors across Australia and New Zealand, used by homeowners, farmers, industrial workers and local governments.

All of its products were designed, assembled and tested at its premises on Crawford St in Dunedin, while a local plastics manufacturer in Mosgiel was also used.

In 2020, Tussock Innovation received the Digital Innovation Award at the Virtual National Fieldays, for its Waterwatch product.

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