Monday, 03 February 2020 11:32

NNNCo, Agriculture Victoria to trial Internet of Things networks for farms Featured


The Victorian Government is funding a trial, to be implemented by NNNCo to test Internet of Things (IoT) technology on farms in four regional areas of the State.

IoT network operator NNNCo will deliver the IoT networks after the company was successful in its bid to provide IoT network connectivity to Victoria’s On-Farm IoT Trial regions surrounding Maffra, Tatura, Serpentine and Birchip.

NNNCo’s successful bid was annnounced on Monday by the Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes who said the networks will cover approximately 600 farms and 5,000 square kilometres.

NNNCo will work in partnership with Agriculture Victoria to deliver LoRaWAN networks that the Government says will allow for thousands of sensors to be reliably and securely connected and provide users with real-time data on measures to help improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

The Government says funding the delivery of IoT network connectivity to each trial region is an important part of the On-Farm IoT Trial to ensure reliable network coverage to farmers participating in the trial.

Minister Symes said: “We are funding IoT network connectivity in the trial regions to address a lack of connectivity which is often a barrier to farmers realising the potential of IoT and other emerging digital technologies.”

“This announcement is an important step forward in supporting Victorian farmers to harness digital technology to improve the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of their businesses.”

The Minister said the network also has the potential to support other uses in the community, “so that everyone in these regions can enjoy improved connectivity and the benefits of Victoria’s digital economy”.

NNNCo founder & CEO, Rob Zagarella, said “NNNCo's network and N2N-DL data platform roll-out is a commitment to every farmer in these regions to provide the coverage they need to better manage and run their operations.”

“Farmers now have a broad choice of devices and applications from the growing global IoT ecosystem, including irrigation management and control, and real-time monitoring of soil health and rainfall, cattle movement, farm assets, worker safety, and water tank levels so that they can proactively respond to the needs of the farm.

“By providing coverage to every farm with our network and data aggregation platform, we can ensure that farmers have access to this important information every day, at their fingertips."

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