New grapefruit-sized sensor for water and welfare monitoring
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Canadian seafood tech company, Sedna Technologies, partnered up with ex-AKVA group executive, Trond Severinsen, to introduce new and innovative water and fish welfare monitoring technology worldwide.
The wireless Sensor Globe is a multi-functional sensor concept the size of a small grapefruit. Customers can build their own units with various high-end micro-sensors and monitor real-time data through an app on their smartphone, tablet or via the internet. Or simply leave the Sensor Globe anywhere to log data for months at a time, then retrieve it and upload data for analysis through the Sedna Cloud.
“We are now launching the first version which is available with micro-sensors such as optical oxygen, temperature, pH, acceleration and shock. Later this year nitrate, ammonia and salinity micro-sensors will follow, and we will keep adding many new sensors and features going forward to stay leading edge,” said Canadian co-founders Sheamus MacDonald and Aleksandr Stabenow.
The Sensor Globe was originally designed to monitor water quality and animal welfare for the live lobster fishing industry in Canada. Unlike any other sensor concepts on the market, the Sensor Globe has adjustable internal ballast so that it can either float like a small iceberg, sink or have neutral buoyancy. It measures 95 mm diameter, weighs 325 grams and is designed to “flow-with-the-fish” through pipes, hoses, fish pumps, lice treatment and other machinery. It measures both water quality parameters but also any physical impact on the fish (acceleration and shock), which both are crucial for fish welfare or simply float around in a fish tank.
Severinsen, who has developed many new markets during his 25 years with AKVA group, is now Sedna’s Norwegian partner and together they have just set up Sedna Technologies Norway AS in Stavanger. This will be the hub for commercializing the product throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.
“I am very excited to work with such young and talented entrepreneurs in Canada, to offer my lifelong experience in the aquaculture technology industry and together grow the company, work on R&D, and set up a global sales and service network,” said Severinsen. “We discover new uses and markets for the Sensor Globe concept just about every week right now. Including the growing need for environmental impact monitoring by various companies involved in mining, forestry, energy, construction, engineering and consulting, as well as in many government agencies. The product is a “disruptive technology” and with a price point that opens up a huge global market.”
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