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No more green pools!

About us

How it all got started

The story of the first poolbot

And so the first Poolbot was tossed into a murky, green pool in early 2017. And with lots of late nights, tweaking and calibrating the first pool turned from green to clean! What we started with was a bunch of electronics and some kitty litter in a floating lunch box. It worked and that got us noticed by Sqwidnet – and airport security a few times!

The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub shared our excitement when we were announced as one of the winners of the prestigious GAP ICT Awards in late 2017. We partnered with Sqwidnet (who would provide the IoT network we needed) and then we started to really gain some momentum.

The Team

Emil is an old friend and he is our marketing guru. He joined us halfway through 2017 to help us get the idea off the ground. Sqwidnet introduced us to Dave who was in the early stages of development for a similar concept. Dave is a successful businessman and industry heavyweight in the industrial automation industry. We joined forces early in 2018 to further accelerate our business.

Refining the Prototype

Since then we successfully raised further grant and private funding. We have been refining our prototypes to work out any remaining snags. PoolSense also had tremendous success with keeping numerous pools in pristine condition. We look forward to the next stage in our journey with you as our partners in our fight against swampy pools and frustrating test kits. It’s not only a device that we are building but we want to simplify the whole experience of owning a pool. So we are bringing the complete service to the market under our PoolSense brand.

Our vision

Pro Automation (Pty) Ltd strives to bring Innovative, Smart, Simple solutions to the Connected Home IoT market. Our products use state-of-the-art components and technology that aim to make your life easier. As a company, we are focused on making people’s lives easier through innovative technology in the IoT space. The PoolSense product addresses the first major problem we have found and developed a solution for.  The recent rollout of IoT focused networks in South Africa, in conjunction with our platform and expertise,  creates many opportunities.

Our team

Heinrich Heesen

Heinrich Heesen

FOUNDER AND ADVISORY

Computer Engineer (University of Pretoria),
Successful Telecoms Entrepreneur.

Dave Wibberley

Dave Wibberley

FUNDING AND ADVISORY

Dave is a highly specialized and respected Process Engineer. Currently heads up Adroit Technologies.

Kevin Herbert

Kevin Herbert

OPERATIONS

A successful entrepreneur and Sales and Supply Chain expert. Kevin currently heads up Sales and Project Management.

Emil Meyer

Emil Meyer

SALES & MARKETING

Marketing Management (University of Pretoria),
Extensive Sales and Distribution management.

Bernhard Heesen

Bernhard Heesen

TECHNICAL

Computer Engineer (University of Pretoria), Extensive Software and Hardware Development experience.

Awards & Accolades

Winners – 2017 GAP INNOVATION COMPETITION

PoolSense was declared a winner in the ICT category

GAP ICT aims to identify researchers and entrepreneurs working on ICT-based solutions. Our country’s biggest challenges, from the internet of things, artificial intelligence to mobile applications used in education. GAP ICT is a joint project with mLab Southern Africa and Intel. The top four winners share in milestone-tied business development money.

In selecting the winners, an independent panel of judges was used. They considered business strategy, technology, market, the team, and impact of the technology. Winners were announced during a Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony held at The Innovation Hub. This was during the Global Entrepreneurship Week on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

The Innovation Hub, the innovation agency of the Gauteng province established the Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Competitions. They wanted to recognise and reward innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the Gauteng economy.

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