The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has partnered with rural technology start-up Digital Agriculture Services (DAS) to build an analytics platform it hopes will "future-proof" farms in Australia.
The Rural Intelligence Platform combines artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud-based geospatial technology, which CSIRO said will deliver reliable farm data and analytics.
According to CSIRO, the platform is the first to comprehensively assess and monitor rural land anywhere in Australia. It uses information from data sources on the likes of productivity, water access, yield, land use, crop type, rainfall, and drought impact.
It uses satellite imagery to track paddocks and their performance over time; information from Australia's digital soil map is also incorporated, with climate information interpreted to show drought, frost, heat stress for livestock, and other risks, CSIRO explained.
"The platform brings together in one place and refines a range of technologies developed by CSIRO in order to provide a picture of what has happened on a property over the years as well as the current situation," CSIRO Agriculture and Food Deputy Director Dr Michael Robertson said in a statement.