City supports smart farming technology trial
18/06/2021 – 11:34
The City of Greater Geelong’s Internet of Things (IoT) network is helping a clever technology trial take place in the paddocks at Marcus Oldham Farm Management College.
In-ground sensors are being used to monitor soil moisture and temperature in wheat trials, to assist with making decisions about crop nutrition, protection and yield.
The College have been investigating smart farming practices for some time and recently attended the City’s IoT Kickstarter as part ofGeelong Design Week 2021.
Utilising the City’s Internet of Things (IoT) network, which provides coverage to 90% of the city and is open to anyone, they receive sensor data through a WiFi-like connection. This allows the college to draw information into a platform for analysis in near-real-time and means they can gather intelligence without stepping foot in a field. It also enables the layering of other datasets like rainfall, for even deeper insight.