Agriculture Victoria On-Farm Internet of Things Trial

The On-Farm Internet of Things Trial was established by Agriculture Victoria in 2020 to provide a wide range of Internet of Things (loT) solutions for farmers in four trial regions. NNNCo rolled out a new LoRaWAN® network across hundreds of farms and 32,000 square km.
The rollout provides LoRaWAN® network connectivity to every farm in these regions. NNNCo N2N-DL IoT Platform harmonises access to a vast range of sensors and devices, with integration to 18 AgTech Solutions Providers. NNNCo is working closely with the entire agricultural ecosystem to ensure that solutions can be deployed on any farm where there is an NNNCo LoRaWAN® network.

Coverage

Coverage

The trial took place across four farm types: Dairy, Horticulture, Grains and Sheep. Network connectivity for the trial covered the Local Government Areas of Wellington, Buloke, Loddon, Greater Shepparton and parts of Moira Shire.

To find out more about the project, check the Agriculture Victoria webpage: https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/digital-agriculture/victorias-onfarm-internet-of-things-trial

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About the Trial

Round 2 grant funding opened in December 2020 and will end on 26th February 2021.

Watch this short video to learn how the On-Farm Internet of Things 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 have been selected by Agriculture Victoria. If you’re a selected provider, click on the link below to follow the steps and integrate your solution with NNNCo:  https://www.nnnco.com.au/solution-providers

All eligible farmers signing up to Phase 2 have received IoT network coverage for their farms

In the coverage maps below, the blue shading represents the existing coverage (as of 15th June 2021) which has extended to include all new signups.

 

How does IoT LoRaWAN compare with other technologies?

Range: Your devices can be installed up to 15 km away from the nearest gateway (within line of sight from your device)

Power: Your device powered by LoRaWAN technology will consume 3-5 times less energy than cellular/SIM based-devices.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): When you purchase an IoT device from a Solutions Provider, a significant proportion of the cost of the device comes from the battery. This means that your LoRaWAN-powered devices will have overall reduced costs over time, due to long battery life. The cost savings become even more significant as you roll out a larger number of devices.

Security: Your device and data are highly secure due to the end-to-end cyber architecture and process built in with the NNNCo service.

Q&A

What will happen to the LoRaWAN IoT network after the pilot has completed? Will I still be able to use it?

The LoRaWAN network built by NNNCo for the On-Farm Internet of Things Trial forms part of the National Narrowband Network. It has been built as a sustainable network to provide services for the long-term. The infrastructure will remain for the long term after the pilot has completed.

What will be the device access subscription fees for my IoT devices after the pilot finishes?

The NNNCo network will remain available for the long-term. Device vendors and Solutions Providers will be responsible for including NNNCo’s device access subscription fees within their service offering after the pilot has completed. The device access subscription is bundled with the N2N-DL Data Platform.
Typical NNNCo subscription fees range from less than $1 per month, per device, up to $3 depending on overall volumes.

Who can use or access the LoRaWAN network?

Any customer within the network coverage regions can access the network on a commercial basis. This applies for any user from any industry interested in deploying IoT solutions.

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