Agriculture Victoria releases IoT solutions catalogue for farmers

Published: July 8th, 2020

Agriculture Victoria has released the Catalogue of Apps & Devices for its On-Farm IoT Trial. The catalogue contains the range of IoT technologies available under the trial, selected through an open tender process in 2018. Participating farmers can select technologies from the catalogue to test on-farm, supported by a grant from Agriculture Victoria.

During preparations for the trial, Agriculture Victoria spoke to farmers and industry leaders about their experiences with digital technology. Many farmers felt that they had not had opportunities to learn about digital technology and how to reliably use it, and that this was preventing them from adopting digital technology on their farm. Farmers also told Agriculture Victoria they were overwhelmed with the amount of technology available to them.

The catalogue has been developed as a tool to help farmers select IoT technologies to test on-farm under the trial.

Agriculture Victoria has partnered with NNNCo to deliver IoT network connectivity for farm properties taking part in the On-Farm IoT Trial. NNNCo will roll out LoRaWAN (long range wide area network) across the four trial regions to support the deployment of IoT apps and devices on farms taking part in the trial.

NNNCo CEO, Rob Zagarella, said “This release shows what can happen when you have an infrastructure partnership with a Government entity standardising on the network and data layer.”

“With connectivity and integration taken care of, Agriculture Victoria has been able to bring in a wide range of solutions providers to talk to farmers about what problems they need solved and how to do that.”

“It moves the conversation from a vendor-driven approach to a solutions-driven approach to the customer, which is exactly where IoT needs to move,” Mr Zagarella added.

The On-Farm IoT Trial is part of the Connecting Victoria initiative which includes better regional mobile coverage, regional rail connectivity, mobile black spot projects and public Wi-Fi. For more information about the the trial go to agriculture.vic.gov.au/digitalag