State funding under the WA IoT DecisionAg program will be for matching funds up to a maximum of $45,000 per Grower Group or agricultural college. This will allow successful applicants to trial on-farm telecommunications network solutions, decision tools and analytic data platforms essentially assisting growers to make more informed, data-driven decisions.
This initiative supports the eConnected team’s identification of challenges that remain with regards to ‘on-farm connectivity’, and the realisation that it’s important to close this gap.
The newly announced IoT grant primarily seeks to assist in this regard, by: increasing awareness of effective on-farm connectivity solutions to support IoT applications and devices; improving confidence in using IoT applications and devices to support on-farm decision-making and increasing awareness of data analytic platforms to manage data in the farm business.
The matching funds are available for on-farm trials to improve on-farm connectivity, to test connected digital agricultural technologies and software platforms to collect, store and analyse data.
Capital costs may include infrastructure, on-farm equipment, telemetry systems, hardware, software, digital agricultural technologies and related one-off expenses. This can include connected devices utilising on-farm radio networks, ubiquitous WiFi and long range low power wide area networks.
The latest initiative will complement the State Government’s Digital Farm Grant Program, which is providing digital connectivity to areas in regional WA, which lie outside the current or planned National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless and fixed line footprint.
This new grant also complements work the eConnected Grainbelt Project is currently undertaking to establish digitally connected sites at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Katanning and Merredin Research facilities.
Grower groups, agricultural colleges and schools with agricultural programs were encouraged to apply for funding under this latest initiative.
Please note that successful grant applications are expected to have at least the first phase of their integrated solution operational within four months of being awarded a grant.
Please see the attached documents - Guidelines and the FAQs - or contact eConnectedGrainbelt@dpird.wa.gov.au for more information.
Applications are now closed, and applications are currently being considered.