Wellntel wins BizTimes I.Q. Award for Innovation

IQ Award Wellntel

Wellntel will receive a BizTimes I.Q. Award for Innovation from BizTimes Media LLC.

The I.Q. Awards salute Southeastern Wisconsin businesses for their innovative products, services or processes.

The winners will receive their awards at a lunch ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Woodland Dreams Ballroom, in Milwaukee at 1721 W. Canal St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Climate change, population growth, and industrial farming are contributing to increased dependence on groundwater as well as rapid changes in groundwater storage. By launching the first ever non-invasive, consumer-friendly groundwater information system, Wellntel enlists citizens as groundwater stakeholders and advocates, so that groundwater, once the unmeasured resource, can be managed sustainably. Since launch in 2015, Wellntel has sold systems in 18 states and collected over 1.6 million groundwater readings.

Wellntel CEO Marian Singer said, “Wellntel is proud to be tackling global water problems with simple and useful solutions created here in Milwaukee. We’re excited to be recognized with this prestigious award.”

The award adds to an impressive string of accolades earned by Wellntel, which was the runner up in ImagineH20’s Global Water Start-Up Competition, was inducted in Batch II of the Brew, and won the Golden Blender at the 2015 FoodIT competition. Wellntel was also invited to participate in the the White House’ conference on Open Science and Innovation in September 2015.

Here is a complete list of the I.Q. Awards recipients:

  • Agro Biosciences Inc.
  • Astronautics Corp. of America
  • Brew City Brand
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Connected Technology Solutions
  • Fiserv Inc.
  • Millennium Forms LLC
  • PKWARE
  • Seiva Technologies
  • Wellntel Inc.

Wisconsinites care about their groundwater

 

Wellntel in Wisconsin

Wellntel isn’t just for drought: it’s for anyone interested in resources, water, conservation, climate and weather, farming, irrigation, or just, simply, lowering costs and preventing emergencies.

That’s why, in water-rich Wisconsin, Wellntel networks are popping up all over:

Here is the current list of counties with Wellntel:

  • Dane
  • Ozaukee
  • Washington
  • Waukesha
  • Milwaukee
  • Manitowoc
  • Sheboygan
  • Kewaunee
  • Dane
  • Taylor
  • Dunn
  • Eau Claire
  • Chippewa
  • LaFayette

Wisconsinites care about their groundwater.

 

Can I add users to my Wellntel Dashboard?

As of April, 2016, primary account holders (customers) can add users to their Wellntel Dashboard.

It’s a great tool for family, friends or caretakers to have access to data from a Wellntel sensor(s).

For example, if you run a vineyard, you might want an irrigation manager to track groundwater levels. If you have a domestic well at your home, you might want to share access with a family member or two.

Here’s how:

Only the primary account-holder can add new users to a Wellntel account. After logging in as the primary account-holder, go to Manage System:

Add a User 1

Click Manage Users:

Add a user 2

Click Add New User:

Add a user 3

Fill out the new user details. Each will need to have their own unique email address for login. You can set a password, and the new user can change it later.

Add a well form

You can add (disable and delete) as many users as you want:

Add a user complete

 

When the account is setup, the new user will receive a notification.

Add a well email

Additional users are able to access the dashboard to see and download data, they can upload readings from a sensor using SensorBuddy, and they can set their own timezone and password, but they do not have alert control or the ability to manage sites and wells or add additional users themselves.

How Wellntel is fueling a #groundwaterinformationrevolution

Until Wellntel, anyone wanting to know about groundwater depended on a limited array of complex or cumbersome tools to find groundwater or well water levels. The least expensive, but most cumbersome, is demonstrated here:

Tapes, loggers and transducers all require an open well and an expert on site. They are expensive to buy and use. So they aren’t used often enough or close enough to a location of interest to matter.

Wellntel’s focus is to deliver the most information to the most people, regardless of budget and expertise. To do this, we created an affordable, accurate, continuous, and permanent groundwater and well water level monitoring system. It’s a whole new ballgame in terms of collection, analysis, reach, and cost per reading.

Wellntel: a whole new ballgame

In 8 months since launching commercially, Wellntel has:

  • Gathered over 1.25 million groundwater measurements in 15 states.
  • Informed new local groundwater agreements.
  • Confirmed connections between extreme rainfall and groundwater recharge.
  • Helped communities grapple with intense pumping or deep drought.
  • Identified dozens of leaky pipes and tanks and helped owners save money with preventive maintenance.
  • Warned homeowners, farmers and servicers of failing pumps and wells before it’s too late.

The Wellntel innovation is sparking a #groundwaterinformationrevolution (go ahead, tweet it!) Americans are becoming intensly groundwater aware. What was once mystical is now factual.

Moreover, groundwater professionals are benefitting largely. By supporting the development of local Wellntel networks, scientists and engineers can pinpoint problems before they become emergencies. They can amass ground truth an unmatched resolution. And they can finally find correlations and interdependencies in the water cycle that were invisible before.

To learn more about the #groundwaterinformationrevolution, register to attend a Webinar featuring case examples and an under-the-hood look at this groundbreaking development.

 

Why Start-Up in Milwaukee?

Wellntel founders Marian Singer and Nick Hayes spent an afternoon with American Public Media’s Marketplace Sustainability reporter Sarah Gardner to talk about why Wellntel – a technology company focused on groundwater – is in Milwaukee. Sarah’s story explores the potential of a water-focused cluster in the area: anchored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences and The Water Council‘s Global Water Center (where Wellntel is headquartered.)

Admittedly,  it may seem an undue burden to create a business designed to help people plan and adapt for drought or flooding in a state that is rich with groundwater and natural lakes, rivers and wetlands. That said, Wisconsin boasts fine state Universities built by pre-eminent scientists committed to teaching friends and neighbors of the value of nature’s gifts.  And we’re learning that beyond Wisconsin, there are friends and neighbors who depend on groundwater and who understand that with a little care, that groundwater anchors strong, prosperous communities.

Listen to the entire story here:

V2 Sensors: like shiny, smart jewels

Wellntel Sensor Probe V2

Earlier this week, Wellntel began shipping a newly-engineered Sensor design so gorgeous that one might confuse the probe for a high-end piece of jewelry. Not to be mistaken for a set of earrings or a broach, however, the Wellntel V2 sensor includes three major updates:

  1. Improved signal quality, speeding calibration and tighter out-of-the-box sensor accuracy
  2. Higher grade stainless to last longer in harsh environments
  3. A precision-cut and polished hydro-phobic architecture to improve probe reliability in periods of extreme temperature change or high humidity

All new Wellntel kits will be built with the V2 design, and all customers and dealers with V1 stock can expect upgrades. And upgrading is easy. Unplug the old one, and plug in the new, shiner version. If you have questions about this, or any other technical feature or capability, feel free to email techsupport@wellntel.com or call us at 844-WELLH20 (844-935-5426).

Sensor Firmware 1.11 available

Today, January 10th, Wellntel has released Sensor firmware (V1.11) with a number of key improvements:

  • Improved absolute accuracy
  • Easier calibration, especially in harsh duty environments

For best performance, we urge customers to upgrade their Wellntel Sensors to this new software version when it is convenient, and offer three possible ways to go about it.

1.) Do it yourself: We will supply customers with the programs and step-by-step instructions required to do the update. It takes a first time user about 20 minutes to complete the process and a PC with Windows 7, 8 or 10. In order to do this, please email techsupport@wellntel.com with your Sensor serial number or login information, and we will reply within one working day with upgrade files and instructions.

2.) We’ll do it for you at the factory: The sensor will need to be returned to the factory for a few days. Customers will lose some readings in the process. Email techsupport@wellntel.com for shipping information.

3.) A local representative is available in some regions to assist with this upgrade. Contact Wellntel to learn if this option is available to you.

Email techsupport@wellntel.com or call 844-935-5426 between the hours of 8-5pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. If you reach us after hours, we will promptly respond the next weekday morning.

Learn how Wellntel maps groundwater in hi-res, near realtime

Among other exciting announcements by Wellntel at the National Groundwater Association Expo this weekend, citizen scientists, groundwater professionals, water managers and hydrogeologists can see how burgeoning Wellntel networks can be used to spot trends, risks and opportunities in groundwater at an unparalleled resolution, and from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

For example, during just the last 90 days, Wellntel sensors have been tracking what one expert calls an unprecedented winter recovery in the groundwater levels underlying eastern parts of the state of Wisconsin. Winter rains, a lack of frozen ground and dormant trees are contributing to increases in groundwater elevation at a time when water levels are thought to be normally static or slightly declining.

Wellntel Sample Contours

NGWA attendees will see this and other benefits of the large scale data collection that only Wellntel can offer. If you are in Las Vegas this week, stop by our booth (#1330). If not, check back here for additional announcements and highlights.

Groundwater Pumping Risk Featured in USA Today

If you haven’t already seen it, the cover article, called ‘Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline’ at USA Today is a meticulously researched, eye-opening piece about the rapidly declining state of the US’ and the world’s major aquifers, impact, and potential solutions.

The first three solutions proposed are, in essence, Wellntel – and we make the last one, ‘closing the awareness gap’, possible. Another confirmation that Wellntel is the right technology and the right way to engage people in the conversation and the science – now and for the long haul.

If you have the time, watch the videos – they’re amazing.
USA Today Solutions

my.wellntel.com goes mobile!

Today, 12/10/2015, my.wellntel.com received major upgrades to improve the customer and dealer experience. There are many new features to celebrate (too many to list in one blog post.)

One of the most exciting, however, is that my.wellntel.com has gone mobile. If you login via a smart phone or tablet, you will be presented with a simple mobile dashboard containing:

  1. A tool to select among your Wells and Sites. This will help you quickly switch back and forth between one or more Wellntel systems, if you have more than one.
  2. The latest data from your selected Wellntel. With the new mobile app/site, you can check the latest reading value, a 30 day average, system health, and more.

    Wellntel Mobile 3

  3. Scroll down to review the most recent telemetry log entries from Wellntel Sensors and Gateways and refresh for the latest. This is especially useful for installation, start-up and troubleshooting. It will confirm (or not) that readings are getting from your Sensor to the Cloud. We’ve included it this cloud update and mobile app to speed the start-up process.

    Carry your phone into the field, hit the Force Reading button, and, voila!, there is your groundwater level, on your smartphone. If it doesn’t appear — you can check the rest of the network instantly.

Wellntel Mobile 2

Check back here for more news about this important upgrade.