It was great to meet so many of you at the Aussie and NZ conferences. Thanks for the huge response and interest, and especially to those who pre-ordered the product. It's exciting to have enthusiastic supporters in this venture.
We kept our ears open at the conferences and received much excellent feedback. Not to mention some stunning award-winning honey. Yum.
Firstly, you have re-inforced the urgency of our pallet-integrated scales. This is an obvious need.
Secondly, you've told us about the need for a low-visibility product to mitigate vandalism. We've designed a lower-profile case that you can embed in your hive lid, and we've sourced a smaller satellite antenna, now only be a couple cm long – possibly even hidden inside the box itself.
A number of you wanted to turn the system off for a few months per year to reduce your monthly fees. We have arranged a 'suspend mode' with our satellite provider for a low off-season rate that you can switch to for certain months of the year.
Those of you in dryer states of Australia wanted to measure water level. For tanks of up to 300kg, you can do this simply by putting your water tank on our scale.
Heavier tanks will actually need a water level sensor. This is on our project plan, but in the short term, you could still pipe water from the base of the main tank into a smaller drum or column and weigh this on the scale.