The program was designed as a learning journey for WA grain growers and students to share experiences in the selection and adoption of these technologies. Their shared learnings will enable more WA growers to adopt ag-tech equipment and devices with greater knowledge, understanding and confidence.
There were five different types of connectivity technology solutions presented to support IoT including both low and high bandwidth technologies with Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) using the LoRaWAN and SigFox communication protocols, and higher bandwidth 3G/4G mobile network and on-farm Wi-Fi networks There were 13 IoT apps and devices submitted for demonstration by the applicants, covering both grain and livestock end uses and seven different visualisation/ data analytic platforms were proposed for investigation.
Weather stations and soil moisture probes were the most common IoT apps and devices chosen to be demonstrated followed by water tank monitoring and security cameras.
Among the successful applications, seven different data visualisations platforms were identified. These visualisation platforms allowed end users to view their data in near-real time.
Successful applicants demonstrated these technologies over multiple farm properties within grower groups, over large properties, to farm properties geographically isolated from the home farm, and on agricultural school farms.
- Article by eConnected's Kari-Lee Falconer