Geeks on a Plane – Company Profile: Outpost Central

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Above: Founder of Outpost Central James Riddell with the Geeks.

Outpost Central is a Penrose based New Zealand firm developing smart water meter technology. Their solution enables organizations to monitor their water and energy use whilst managing environmental and resource-based activities.

The flagship product for Outpost Central is WASP, a smart water device the provides real-time access to detailed water information, both use and consumption patterns, using their online software. The smart water meters are able to provide real-time access to data by connecting the meters to cellular networks via sim cards.

In addition to water monitoring technology, Outpost Central has developed a range of solutions that feed information to their software including energy and environmental monitoring. 

James Riddell and Jed Forbes founded the company together in 2002 while still at university. The pair saw an opportunity for an environmental monitoring solution in the face of increasing water restrictions and environmental regulations.

Outpost Central has managed to develop a market for its products based on ease of use and cost. Outpost’s technology requires no power supply or cables, operating off extremely long life batteries and transmitting data via cellular networks.

Recognized as the 14th fastest growing company in New Zealand in 2009 on the Deloitte Fast 50,  Outpost Central continues to be touted as an innovative company on the rise. It was also a finalist at the 2011 NZ Hi-Tech awards and is doing enough to pique the interest of the visiting Geeks, Outpost Central is a company to watch out for in 2013.

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