Digitalization of hay bailing monitoring in Australia

IoT project of the year 2021



Big Bale Co is a leasing company offering special machinery for hail baling in Australia. It is used to press the hay and pack it into piles. The company is offering its services to farms that need to turn the grass into hay piles. Each farm usually rents equipment as the machinery is costly, around 350,000 AUD for the tractor and 250 000 AUD for the hay baler. 

 It was essential to make sure that the utilization of machinery is done in the right way. 

  • The number of hay bales produced must be calculated because farmers pay not only for the time they rent machinery but also for the number of bales. Before solution implementation, the customer could not directly get the information about the number of bales produced, or it was sent with delays and was inaccurate. 

  • No one from the management team could reach the location if there was an issue with reporting.

  • Some conflicts arose with farmers who reported fewer bails produced.


The Wialon partner GPS Tracking Systems Pty Ltd approached the customer with a solution to their requests. 

  • GPS trackers were installed on hay bailers to track their location, speed, some other parameters, and the info from additional equipment.

  • The existed bale counter was connected to the tracker and sent info about the number of piles made.

  • An iButton reader was used to identify the driver and connect him to work performed.

  • Waterproof boxes and proximity sensors completed the hardware part of the solution.

  • All the data was sent to Wialon, the GPS tracking platform. There, geofences were created to know how many bales can be produced for a particular area. With returning customers, it allowed to compare how many bails were made last year, plan and estimate future works. Notifications are used to see when the bale drops off.


The implementation of the telematics solution allowed the leasing company to accurately calculate the number of hay bales produced and report it to the management.

Accurate data

The exact data about hay bales made is now reported to management in time.

Time savings

All the manual back-and-forth with drivers and clients is eliminated; the info is collected automatically and is used as proof of the completed job and as a reference for closing any fraud attempts or customer issues.

Customer satisfaction

Because the data is collected automatically, the is no human factor that can influence the reports. The company relies on actual work reports rather than on info from seasonal workers or farmers.


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Company profile

Country: Australia
IoT project of the year nomination: Agriculture
Industry: Agriculture
Monitoring unit: Agricultural machinery

Implemented products

Wialon Hosting

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