Harvest Electronics designs, manufactures and monitors telemetry equipment using GSM cellular networks and the Iridium satellite network. The wireless systems can be adapted for many different industries. Outdoor remote unattended locations requiring reliable information supply is our specialty.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Agriculture - Agriculture Monitoring and Testing
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
Harvest Electronics is located in the semi-rural town of Masterton, New Zealand.
From 1990 until 2000, Harvest Electronics developed products for the wireless monitoring of Coca-Cola vending machines. The system grew to be the largest monitored network of its type in the world with 60,000 vending machines online.
In March 2000 the online vending division of Harvest Electronics was sold to Marconi and then to Coca-Cola Amatil (trading as VMSL) early in 2003.
In April 2000 Peter Munn relocated Harvest Electronics to Pragnell Street, Masterton and the focus was turned to GPRS telemetry solutions.
By 2003 multiple new projects had taken off, staff numbers were rising and the 270 square metre office premises had run out of room. Over the next few years two extensions were added the production and office facility.
Early 2004 saw the launch of one of the flagship Harvest products - the frost alarm - which later led to development on the ITU G2 which has become the backbone of most monitoring and control solutions.
2010 saw the launch of the Long Range Remote (LRR). Originally designed to allow monitoring of temperature sensors on large orchards and vineyards this product quickly took off. The Long Range Remote is now widely use in vineyards, orchards, farms and industrial applications.
By 2013 Harvest were involved in the supply of telemetry to multiple market segments. Harvest now manufacture all their own circuit boards thanks to the purchase of three Philips surface mount machines.
The future continues to look bright with many new projects in the pipeline to further expand the Harvest telemetry monitoring and control portfolio.
Harvest had its beginnings in Peter's garage in 1990. For the first couple of years our development efforts focused on an alarm dialler that exploited the low cost and distance independent charging of the dial up X.25 network. In 1992 we successfully adapted this technology to monitor Coca-Cola vending machines.
Also in 1992, with the garage getting increasingly crowded we moved out of Peter's garage into new premises on Norfolk Road. This site gave us plenty of room to expand and our building increased greatly in size over the following years.
In 1995 we started using analogue (AMPS) cell phones to address the problem of vending machines that were too hard to get telephone lines too. We soon realized that the higher unit cost of cellular units was offset by lower installation and maintenance costs. Before long we had switched production entirely to cellular units.
In 1999 with the imminent shutdown of the AMPS network in Australia and the falling price of GSM phones we started production of GSM based units.
In March 2000 the vending part of Harvest Electronics was sold to Marconi PLC and began trading as Marconi Online. By this stage we were monitoring 60,000 vending machines in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. In April 2003 Marconi Online was sold to Coca-Cola Amatil and now trades as Vending Management Services Ltd (VMSL).
Harvest continues to design and develop telemetry products for a variety of markets.