It was in co-operation with the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries in Iceland (Veiðimálastofnun) that the Riverwatcher was developed and the first Riverwatcher counter was installed in the River Elliðaár in 1992 but the first Riverwatcher to go overseas was in 1994 for the then National Rivers Authority in the UK. The counter is now at the Lopwell Dam on the River Tavy and in the good hands of Paul Elsemere.
Now with over 20 years of experience, research and development under the belt, several modifications have been made to the equipment and the software and IT part of the system is in on-going development process. Over 400 Riverwatchers have now been sold to over 300 rivers in 40 countries worldwide, making the Riverwatcher a true international. Our team of experts are currently working on a web-based version of the Riverwatcher software and we are constantly improving the equipment through a team effort with our customers and main stakeholders.
VAKI is a leading company in development, manufacture and marketing of hi-tech equipment for fish counting and size estimation on live fish. VAKI maintains quality service network worldwide and our products are exported to more than fifty countries.
Continuous product development in collaboration with customers and other partners is one of the company's main priorities. VAKI strives to meet the needs that arise with customers and look for new opportunities where our technological expertise can be incorporated. Around 98% of VAKI´s turnover consists of export earnings, the main market areas being Norway, Scotland, Chile and Canada, together with the Mediterranean countries.
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