Introducing Telemetry2U – a simplified IoT platform with true plug-and-play capabilities


A new Internet of Things company has quietly entered the market this year and is already making big waves in a highly competitive space. ‘Internet of Things’ is a relatively simple concept. Physical devices – from water tanks to fridges to lighting systems – can be fitted with sensors and other technologies to allow them to be controlled or monitored over the internet.

When this technology first unceremoniously gained consumer attention in the early 2010’s, it was largely seen as a bit of a gimmick. IoT bottles that tracked your water consumption or kettles that could be turned on via an app didn’t really seem like innovations the world desperately needed. But one Tasmanian company has been quietly working in the background to breathe fresh life into the space – reimagining the untapped potential of this powerful technology.

Telemetry2U have only been selling their new products since the start of the year, but already they’re being noticed. Their secret? Combining ‘IoT’ philosophies with a powerful new networking technique called ‘LoRaWAN’; a radio-frequency based data transfer protocol that, unlike regular WiFi, has an extremely long range and very low power consumption.

“The farther away a device is, the more need there is to be able to monitor it” explains Telemetry2U co-founder Adrian, “That’s what got us so excited about LoRaWAN – finally we had something that could turn IoT into something truly useful. ”

Life-long tinkerers and makers, Adrian and Peter immediately began brainstorming ideas that could help automate tasks in their own backyards. Level sensors for Adrian’s goats’ water troughs and gate sensors with alerts if someone left them open accidently were among their first inventions.

“It all just ballooned from there”.

Now, Telemetry2U have solutions for hundreds of different applications. They’ve left the backyard and entered laboratories, hospitals, fisheries, farms and more. With Telemetry2U’s technology, equipment can be monitored in real time to provide business owners and operators with data on their most critical infrastructure.

Take vaccine fridges, for instance. Many vaccinations need to be stored at very precise, and very stable temperatures. A simple temperature probe connected to a Telemetry2U gateway now gives healthcare workers complete oversight into any fluctuations, and even sends alerts if temperatures start to rise even slightly. The same temperature sensors can be used in greenhouses, cool rooms, incubation chambers and more – all hooked up to the same simple LoRaWAN technology, and checked on at any time, from anywhere.


It doesn’t stop there – Telemetry2U have gas detection systems, conductivity and depth sensors, water level meters, pH meters, ventilation systems, leak detection systems, security systems and even monitors for soil health now linked to their new software platform and are constantly on the hunt for more.

Imbros is proud to be Telemetry2U’s first choice of supplier, and we look forward to working with this brilliant, 100% Tasmanian-owned business for years to come.

Any enquiries can be sent to, or check out the catalogue today.


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In Memoriam: Gavin Hills – Imbros Founder – celebrates a posthumous 100th Birthday


The following is a short remembrance of Gavin and the early days of Imbros by Gavin’s first son and Imbros employee, Euan.

In the early 1970’s my father Gavin Hills started a part-time business providing baby care products sourced from one of his colleagues in Sydney.  He operated this business as a side line to working in the Physics Department in the University of Tasmania where he specialised in optics.  In his final years at Uni, he was a lecturer in science education.  It was there that he was frustrated with his inability to source laboratory supplies in a price effective and timely manner.

He had contacts in Sydney who encouraged him to start a laboratory supply business to compete with the other 2 locals – Selby Scientific and Townson & Mercer.  This clearly was to be quite a major step from a secure position in the University to the big unknown!

So Imbros Scientific launched in 1973.  As Gavin completed his year at Uni, I started in the business, having resigned my position as a computer programmer with ICL.

It was a very interesting time with my father and mother travelling to Europe for a major scientific market in Germany.  They made many contacts with people and businesses that were keen to export to Australia.

I personally made contact with many laboratory managers around Tasmania to get an understanding of what products and services they needed.

In 1975 my father Gavin joined fulltime and we were a very good team building the business.  Clearly there were great opportunities and the business grew well.

So business premises were leased in Moonah then later relocated to the Maypole corner in New Town after that historic building had been purchased.

It grew from there.

Products that sold in early years included stopwatches from Switzerland, histology dyes and stains from France, laboratory glassware and plasticware from Australian importers, and microscope slides and coverglass slips from Switzerland.

This product range increased, especially as environmental monitoring became de rigeur.  Business relationships strengthened with great local loyalty and support from overseas exporters.

Those were the early hey days!

Euan Hills, Gavin’s first son, and first official employee of Imbros

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NOW AVAILABLE: Hach CL17sc Chlorine Analyzer


New from Hach – the CL17sc chlorine analyzer. Built on a legacy of reliability in online chlorine analysis. the CL17sc features an advanced design that reduces hands-on routine maintenance while providing powerful diagnostic features and enhanced connectivity. The result is less hassle, less risk of data loss and more information to empower your decision-making.
Easy maintenance
The CL17sc reduces your routine maintenance touch-time via programmable alerts, simplified tubing replacement, and step-by-step maintenance instructions.
Expanded connectivity and more flexibility
The CL17sc is now connected to Hach’s SC controller platform, giving you more flexibility to store, transfer, and interact with your process chlorine data. Benefit from internal data logging, external analog and digital communication alternatives, and multiparameter instrument flexibility.
Comprehensive diagnostics
Thanks to upgraded features like a flow sensor, colorimeter window, multicolored status light, and predictive diagnostic software, you know your CL17sc is operating as intended.
Imbros will be able to supply your CL17sc as soon as it’s available. Our engineers and experts will be available to answer any questions or assist with troubleshooting as you set up and use your new analyzer.

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    Sequoia releases powerful new ocean colour remote sensing technology


    Research and innovation continue to thrive within the science and engineering teams at Sequoia Scientific, Inc. (Sequoia), which announces today the Hyper-bb product offering. Sequoia scientist Dr. Wayne Slade has developed a hyperspectral backscattering instrument (Hyper-bb) through a NASA Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant. A prototype has been delivered to NASA for testing. This is Dr. Slade’s and Sequoia’s second SBIR-funded development and delivery in 2019.

    Hyperspectral backscattering has been identified as a measurement gap in closure and validation studies for planned hyperspectral ocean colour sensors, such as NASA’s planned Plankton, Aerosols, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission. Hyper-bb employs technology similar to existing backscattering sensors used in the ocean optics community, but extends the spectral coverage using continuously varying bandpass technology. Hyper-bb’s backscattering measurements with higher spectral coverage complement other currently available instruments measuring hyperspectral optical properties, including absorption, beam attenuation, and radiometry.

    The Hyper-bb is a submersible instrument, rated to 600 meters, with internal data storage, and is easily integrated into existing moored and profiling packages. The backscattering measurements collected by the Hyper-bb are highly relevant to ocean colour remote sensing and ocean biogeochemistry research.

    The Hyper-bb product is expected to be available for order in Q1 2020. For more information, get in touch!


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      Sequoia Scientific invents ‘Super-Turbidity’ methodology (Patent Pending)


      In a world’s first, Sequoia Scientific, Inc. has invented a method (patent pending) to pair turbidity data with their acoustic backscatter sensor; the LISST-ABS. This pairing of acoustic and optical data leads to a radically-improved estimate of Suspended Sediment Concentration (SSC), compared to that which either sensor can provide on its own. In fact, measurements of SSC with this new method are within a factor of 2 of the actual value (e.g. based on sampling and subsequent filtration).

      This is an order of magnitude improvement over currently used technologies.

      To get this incredible innovation into the hands of the world, Sequoia is introducing a new instrument system, the LISST-AOBS Super-Turbidity Meter.



      What’s more, all existing LISST-ABS sensors can be expanded to the LISST-AOBS Super-Turbidity Meter. Also, all existing turbidity sensors can be expanded to the LISST-AOBS Super-Turbidity Meter.

      The implications of the new method and the introduction of the LISST-AOBS Super-Turbidity Meter are two-fold:

      1) Existing regulations (e.g. for stormwater, construction, environmental monitoring) that call for the monitoring of turbidity can be adhered to while…

      2) the user – at the same time – can obtain an accurate estimate of SSC.

      The impact of this new technology is sure to be huge. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, excessive sediment is the leading cause of impairment of the Nation’s waters. High SSC values influence virtually all aspects of aquatic life in a detrimental manner. So accurate measurements of SSC with low-cost sensors that can be deployed for months or years are will bolster a wide range of environmental quality programs, remediation efforts, court cases and more.

      The LISST-AOBS Super-Turbidity Meter can help provide the data needed to make the decisions that will protect the World’s waters.

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      Agilent Electronic Crimper Product Launch


      Are you crimping or decapping manually?


      We have great news for our friends and customers in high-throughput chromatography labs: Agilent Technologies are launching a new line of electronic crimpers to streamline your operations.


      A suite of improvements to the existing handheld electronic crimpers and decappers make the new A-Line range more user friendly, intuitive and longer lasting – a perfect addition to your chromatography set up.


      More vials crimped per battery charge.
      Increased crimping speed when compared to previous models.


      Less hand strain.
      Lighter weight means less effort.


      New OLED screen.
      A far easier viewing interface – The display has been moved to the top of the device for easier viewing and operation for both left- and right-handed users.


      Improved software.
      New, multiple language readout capabilities and better crimping performance data.


      Improved power signal.
      Clearly see when the battery needs to be charged. Plus, more efficient charging with no overheating.


      Extended productivity.
      A new, brushless motor extends the life of the device significantly, while also reducing battery charging intervals.


      Works with existing model 5 accessories.
      Increased flexibility with legacy accessories.


      It’s time to upgrade. These handheld electronic crimpers deliver tight, reproducible seals on every sample vial – regardless of cap material (works great with both steel and aluminium caps). The slim, adjustable jaws fit around closely spaced vials, which enables you to crimp vials directly in autosampler trays without the need to clutter your workspace or lose the order of your samples.


      If you recycle or reuse vials, the device can also remove caps just as easily as it can put them on.




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        Sequoia creates a NASA-funded, automated, continuous LISST for research vessels


        Sequoia Scientific‘s fantastic new, NASA-funded prototype – LISST-Horizon, (previously known as FERPS; Flow-through Extended Range Particle Sizer) – has now been delivered for testing. We can’t wait to see the results.

        This exciting, new instrument is designed (through NASA’s SBIR Program) for the continuous and automated measurement of suspended Particle Size Distribution in flow-through systems. Particle Size Distribution (PSD) is a key environmental parameter – essential for carbon cycle science, ecosystem and fisheries modelling, and harmful algal bloom detection and predication. Though its variability in the ocean isn’t well understood due to the present challenges of routine measurement. It’s not easy to track PSD over long stretches of time, or across large areas, as current methods are time-consuming, expensive and non-automated. Yet large PSD data sets are extremely important for research such as NASA’s new PACE project.

        Sequoia set out to bridge this data gap with a brand new instrument capable of the constant measurement of PSD over large areas. The LISST-Horizon is self-contained instrument for bench-top deployment in a research vessel laboratory, designed to be plumbed into the continuous stream of uncontaminated seawater that travels through the ship’s flow-through system. As vessels traverse the oceans, Sequoia’s new prototype will use laser scattering to estimate the PSD of the water below them across a wide range of sizes. From sub-micron to hundreds of microns, even covering picoplankton to mesoplankton size scales. This allows for the continuous measuring of particle concentration, as well as inherent optical properties, beam attenuation and volume scattering.

        Once completed, the LISST-Horizon will be an incredible new addition to the field of ocean optics, ocean biology, and biogeochemistry.





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        Global Initiative for Honey Bee Health

        News Projects

        CSIRO calls on researchers worldwide to join forces to save honey bees

        Click here for more information from the CSIRO

        Honey bees are essential for the pollination of about one third of the food we eat – including fruit, vegetables, oils, seeds and nuts – yet their health and ability to pollinate our crops is under serious threat.

        To help tackle this worldwide problem, CSIRO is leading the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health – an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry, and technology companies aimed at better understanding what is harming bees and finding solutions to help secure crop pollination. Integral to the research effort are micro-sensors that are manually fitted to bees which work like a vehicle e-tag system, with strategically placed receivers identifying individual bees and recording their movements in and around bee hives.


        “The tiny technology allows researchers to analyse the effects of stress factors including disease, pesticides, air pollution, water contamination, diet and extreme weather on the movements of bees and their ability to pollinate,” Professor Paulo de Souza, CSIRO Science Leader, said. “We’re also investigating what key factors, or combination of factors, lead to bee deaths on mass.”

        “The sensors, working in partnership with Intel software, operate in a similar way to an aeroplane’s black box flight recorder in that they provide us with vital information about what stress factors impact bee health.”

        As bees are normally predictable creatures, changes in their behaviour indicate stress factors or a change in their environment. By modelling bee movement researchers can help identify the causes of stress in order to protect the important pollinating work honey bees do and identify any disease or other biosecurity risks. CSIRO Pollination Researcher, Dr Saul Cunningham, said Australia has been very lucky, so far, to be the only country that doesn’t have the devastating Varroa mite, which has wiped out bee colonies overseas at an alarming rate.

        “This puts Australia in a good position to act as a control group for research on this major issue that could one day become our problem too,” Dr Cunningham said. However, Australia’s horticulture and agricultural industries are particularly vulnerable to declines in honey bee populations as they rely on un-managed feral honey bees for much of their crop pollination.

        “Our managed bee pollination services would be hard-pressed to meet the extra demand required to replace the key role un-managed honey bees play so, the outcome would likely be a drop in crop production and a rise in prices of popular food staples like fruit and veggies,” Dr Cunningham said.

        The international initiative is being mounted to assist in uniting the efforts of those working in the critical area of protecting bee health. “The time is now for a tightly-focused, well-coordinated national and international effort, using the same shared technology and research protocols, to help solve the problems facing honey bees worldwide before
        it is too late,” Professor de Souza said.

        The GIHH proudly partners with the following industry members – Intel, Hitachi Chemical, Nissin Corporation and Vale, and brings together scientists from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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        Nortek Day 2018

        Events News

        This event is now closed. Thank you to all who attended! 

        Monday 03 December 2018

        Tauranga Yacht Club – 90 Keith Allen Drive,  Tauranga   3110,  New Zealand

        Everything you always wanted to know about current, wave, underwater navigation and turbulence measurements, but were afraid (or embarrassed) to ask !

        – Join Nortek experts and NZ/Aust scientists as they present the latest technology for a wide range of applications – from Marine Renewable Energy to Underwater Navigation

        – Receive hands-on assistance with your specific data sets, instrument configuration and deployment setup questions

        – Watch demonstrations of Nortek products and learn how to maximize data return

        Interested in presenting your work ?
        We would love to have your presentation !  Just submit an abstract (< 200 words) today for consideration to

        Got some special (or curious) data to show ?
        Send us your data and a description of the deployment and we’ll showcase it as part of a special group session on discussing data analysis.


        Register today to secure a position – limited space!

        Price is A$95+GST per person.  Please email your details to Bryan Murphy and we will forward you an invoice.

        The price includes a full day of informative sessions, along with light morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

        For questions contact:
        or (+61-3-6216-1500)

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