Based in Tasmania, Australia, Sense-T collects data from a range of different public and private sources. We particularly focus on real-time data from sensors.
Then we give it back to businesses, governments, researchers and communities in ways that support them to make decisions; to help make things more efficient, competitive and sustainable.
Sense-T is a shared community resource that means we don’t have to collect data every time we have a new question to ask or problem to solve.
We've started with data about food production. Now we’re adding other industries, so that over time Sense-T will generate a real-time digital view of the whole economy.
Sense-T is a partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Government. It is also funded by the Australian Government.
“Sense-T was conceived more than two years ago now as an extremely ambitious public/private sector research and commercialisation model with a number of novel practical and conceptual dimensions.
The Advisory Panel has faced both a challenging and rewarding past two years as we have worked with the Sense-T foundation members and the Program Office to turn theory into practice.
The fact that work has progressed to the stage that several trial projects are now in the field is testament to the skill, dedication and commitment of all of those public and private sector organisations involved.
In particular, the very strong team culture that has developed over this period led by the Director and staff of the Program Office has been critical.
The work being undertaken under the Sense-T Program has already attracted both national and international interest and the next 12 months are going to be critical to longer term success of the model. The Advisory Panel is confident this will be achieved.”
Sense-T has an intensive research agenda, bringing together ICT experts with researchers and end-users to solve complex industry challenges using real-time data and sensing technology. Research projects during the foundation stage have focussed on agriculture and aquaculture.
The outcomes will be prototype smart phone apps and web tools that help farmers manage production. Involving end-users from the beginning of projects is integral to the way Sense-T works. Farmers and industry representatives helped design the projects and also participate in advisory groups to oversee their implementation.
Sense-T also brings in a range of partners from the public and private sectors to contribute their resources and expertise. Not only does each project work to solve specific scientific problems, they also contribute to the ever expanding data resource that Sense-T is creating, adding more complexity to the digital view of the Tasmanian economy
This project is led by scientists from CSIRO and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, which is based at UTAS. It is focussed on the Circular Head region in North West Tasmania and is creating prototype tools for beef and dairy farmers driven by real-time sensor data.
These tools aim to help farmers optimise the growth of pasture, rapidly identify when cows are on heat, and manage overall input and output costs as they relate to milk quality.
Photo by Simon de Salis
Led by scientists from CSIRO and UTAS, this project is creating prototype tools and applications for the aquaculture industry and the government regulator.
It is initially focussed on Pacific oyster farming, creating prototype smart phone apps and online tools to inform decisions on harvesting closures due to consumer health risks and to optimise production. The project also involves the development of new sensing technology.
This project is led by scientists from CSIRO and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, which is based at UTAS. It is developing prototype early alert systems for botrytis and frost to support harvesting decisions by grape growers. The project involves close collaboration with Wine Tasmania.
This project is led by scientists from CSIRO and UTAS and also involves the Tasmanian Government and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. It is focussed on the Ringarooma and South Esk catchments where sensor and communication technologies are being used to monitor the availability of water for irrigation and the health of the waterways in real-time.
Prototype tools will support farmers in working together to manage their water resources as a community, within the policies set by government.
This is an extensive research collaboration that will collect real-time data about the conditions under which food is produced, processed, transported, stored and sold. That information will be available to consumers, producers and distributors as part of the research project to enable them to make decisions based on real time data. It received $2.5 million funding from the Australian Research Council, with additional funding raised from industry and research organisations.
Sense-T is also developing the next generation of sensing technology through a partnership with Grey Innovation. New agricultural sensing technology is being trialled at sites across Tasmania.
These sensors are quick to install and easy to operate. Each installation will be able to support thousands of separate sensor points, allowing for precision farming based on real-time microclimate data.
The sensors measure characteristics like soil moisture, temperature at various depths, above ground temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation and leaf wetness.
Other technologies are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of the natural environment, like sensors capable of measuring the heartbeats of oysters being developed with CSIRO.
Directly attached to oysters, these sensors measure heart rate, temperature, feeding and position in the water column.
The world-first sensors are currently undergoing testing on oyster farms. It is hoped that the sensor data can be combined with other environmental data to optimise production and minimise environmental impact.
Sense-T is also testing sensor collars for cows which have been developed by CSIRO to measure the cows’ movements. Scientists are using the data to predict when cows are on heat, monitor health and support feeding decisions for individual cows.
In October 2013, Sense-T began working with leading Australian technology company, Sirca, to build its commercial big data platform. This will ensure that Sense-T can operate across the research and commercial sectors, with a fully supported 24/7 platform.
The platform is designed to ingest, collate, analyse and distribute large amounts of structured and unstructured data in real-time. It will be the gateway through which businesses, researchers, government and communities can access the data they need to innovate.
Sense-T, with Sirca, is addressing the complex issue of offering open access for reusing and repurposing data, while maintaining the privacy of confidential data.
Sense-T's privacy approach has been endorsed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and involves complex and unique statistical techniques. This puts Sense-T at the forefront of international developments in data management.