Agriculture Victoria On-Farm Trial

The Digital On-Farm trial was established by Agriculture Victoria in 2020 to provide a wide range of Internet of Things (loT) solutions for farmers in the trial regions. NNNCo is rolling out the Low Power Wide Area Networks to cover approximately 600 farms and 5,000 square kilometres across four regions. The roll-out will provide coverage to every farm in the trial regions with LoRaWAN network connectivity and NNNCo’s data aggregation platform, N2N-DL, ensuring farmers can connect devices for a wide range of applications.

Coverage

Coverage

The trial is taking place across four farm types and regions. Network connectivity for the trial is expected to cover the local government areas of Wellington for dairy, Buloke for grains, Loddon for sheep, and Greater Shepparton and parts of Moira (Cobram and surrounds) for horticulture.

To find out more about coverage roll-out contact the Agriculture Victoria Trial Coordinators.

About the Trial

Watch this short video to learn how the On-Farm Trial is working. Under the trial, Agriculture Victoria is supporting the delivery of IoT connectivity to the trial regions and partnering with participating farmers to test the impact of IoT on Victorian farms.

How to get involved

Farmers

Find out about who can participate in the On-Farm IoT Trial and the process for applying for a grant at Agriculture Victoria Applicant Guidelines.

IoT Solutions Providers

Solutions providers for Round 1 have been selected by Agriculture Victoria. If you’re a selected provider, follow the steps below to integrate your solution with NNNCo for seamless data integration.

Integrating your solutions with NNNCo

As a solutions provider to Agriculture Victoria, NNNCo will ensure your LoRaWAN devices are certified and integrated to work seamlessly on the NNNCo network. If you are providing non-LoRaWAN solutions, NNNCo will ensure your solutions are integrated with our N2N-DL Platform to deliver data seamlessly to the Agriculture Victoria data lake.

1

CONNECT
(All Providers)

Register your details with NNNCo by completing the introduction form

2

CERTIFY
(LoRaWAN devices only)

Get your LoRaWAN device certified. Complete the N-tick online form to get started

3

INTEGRATE
(All Providers)

Integrate your LoRaWAN solution with our N2N-DL data platform

N-tick Device Certification

What is N-tick?

The N-tick Device Certification program is designed to regulate device behaviour to fit with NNNCo’s network parameters in Australia, ensuring a polite, standardised network environment for all devices.

LoRaWAN devices that receive N-tick approval are able to be enrolled onto NNNCo’s Enterprise LoRaWAN network and platform. This enables seamless market access for providers. For end users it enables fast and easy IoT deployments as well as increased structure, robustness and security for their solutions.

Two levels of Approval

1. Network Approved (N-tick Lite)

A starter level intended to check the wireless parameters of a device and ensure it is network ready. Development gateway and access to NNNCo’s developer portal can be provided. N-tick Lite is required for all LoRaWAN devices in the On-Farm IoT Trial

2. N-tick Full

Available on request, a complete certification process to fully warrant the functionality and operation of a device in terms of connectivity and likely performance.

Data Platform Integration

What is N2N-DL?

N2N-DL is a super fast, highly scalable data platform for the aggregation of data and users. It takes any device or sensor with proprietary protocols through any network, normalises and harmonises that data, and then provides an API layer.

As such, it allows customers to select any device to operate over any network and deliver data to any platform over a simple REST API.

Agriculture Victoria solutions providers are invited to go to the N2N-DL documentation site and follow the Get Started guide.

Q&A

Why should I certify my device?

N-tick certification ensures interoperability and compliance on the NNNCo network. The scope of the N-tick program confirms that the end device meets the functional requirements of NNNCo network parameters, LoRaWAN parameters and local RCM compliance. It also entitles your product to use the N-tick approved logo and be listed on the NNNCo website.

What kind of devices can be certified?

The N-tick certification program is for all devices intended for the Agriculture Victoria On-Farm IoT Trial. Any device to be used on the NNNCo Network must be certified.

How long does the certification process take?

The process can take up to 8 weeks. Communication between NNNCo and the solutions provider may involve questions relating to top-level device configuration (eg: reporting times, sensor configuration, device behaviour).

Does N-tick certification cost anything?

Network Approval (N-tick Lite) is free to device manufacturers or providers submitting devices on behalf of device manufacturers. There is a one-off charge for N-tick Full certification.

What if my device doesn’t pass the requirements?

If for any reason devices aren’t able to meet requirements for N-tick certification NNNCo encourages providers to re-submit with changes and / or additional documentation.

My device doesn’t use LoRaWAN connectivity. Do I still need to work with NNNCo?

Non LoRaWAN devices can be integrated into the NNNCo N2N-DL platform for ease of integration.  Please contact us for further information.

To find out more contact us at onfarmiot@nnnco.com.au