University innovators team up with industry to trial precision farming technology—23 Mar 2018

A partnership between the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hub, Pathways to Market, Sense-T and Fleet Space Technologies is underway in Hamilton north-west of Hobart. The first-of-its-kind telemetry project will monitor farm temperatures and soil moisture, comparing data captured via ground sensors relayed through LoRa networks, and data captured via satellites.

The project aims to give ultra-granular data to Fleet engineers and researchers based at the University of Tasmania, forming insights into the challenges facing the Australian agriculture industry. The insights will inform ambitious plans for industry transformation that will see world-class technology increase operational efficiency, yields and supply chain outcomes.

"As our global population continues to grow exponentially, we're facing huge challenges in keeping up with the rate of food production and resource depletion," says Associate Professor Laurie Bonney, Director of the Pathways to Market Research Hub. 

"This project is a critical step forward to precisely monitor every step in our food supply chain, to ultimately increase global production efficiencies. From the farm, producers will be able to collect precise data to drive environmentally sustainable practices with novel sensing techniques and smart applications to easily report on animals, crops and environmental performance," says Professor Bonney.

Pathways to Market and Sense-T are working to understand the challenges of transmitting data from remote area farms and supply chains, while providing producers and processors with new analytical tools for decision-making, and in doing so, addresses key issues initiated within Pathways to Market's suite of projects.

Media issued by the University of Tasmania


Image: The Pathways to Market Industrial Transformation Research Hub and Sense-T are working to understand the challenges of transmitting data from remote area farms and supply chains.
Credit: Pathways to Market Industrial Transformation Research Hub.

Original Published Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018