The government of Victoria has released details of the IoT technologies that will be available to farmers participating in the on-farm IoT trials. However it has yet to select suppliers of either these technologies or of the networking technology that will support the trials.
The first round is a pilot round during which the department will seek to enrol 100 farms (25 farms from each trial region). In subsequent rounds, the trial will be expanded to include up to a further 500 farms.
Trials will take place in Maffra, Birchip, Serpentine and Tatura to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of on-farm IoT technology. Partipants will be required to trial at least one IoT application for a minimum of two years, and to share data generated with the government.
The government has issued a summary catalogue of the types of technology available to support the trial, under the broad title of informed agronomy.
- Information systems to support decision-making
- Weather monitoring
- Soil moisture monitoring
- Microclimate monitoring
- Plant growth monitoring
- Plant stress tracking
On 1 August 2018 the Government issued RFPs for the provision of connectivity and for applications and devices for the trials.
These contracts have yet to be awarded. An Agriculture Victoria spokesperson told IoTAustralia earlier this week: “Agriculture Victoria has openly approached the market seeking proposals from Internet of Thing technology suppliers to be involved in our trial. The successful technology suppliers will be announced once this evaluation is complete in coming weeks.”