Fourteen projects share funding of $6 million from Sense-T to use applied sensor technology and data science to solve practical problems, support economic growth, and help industries across Tasmania to improve their productivity, efficiency and sustainability.
With industry and research partners contributing their own funding and in-kind contributions, the total value of research being undertaken to support innovation and economic growth in Tasmania exceeds $11 million.
Researchers from the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, government and industry are working closely with end-users to support innovation in areas such as:
giving vulnerable people alerts via a smartphone app when their health is at risk from airborne pollen, smoke or pollution;
tracking tourists to give the Tasmanian tourism industry a better insight into where visitors go and why;
improving the storage of potatoes, and the drying of timber boards; and
boosting efficiency in irrigation and salmon farming.
Sense-T's Industry Research Projects are part of four work packages being funded by the Australian Government, with $13 million allocated to the University of Tasmania for the entire program under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan.
The projects commenced in April 2015 and will be completed in December 2016.
They build on the achievements of Sense-T Stage 1 research projects, undertaken in partnership with the CSIRO, which helped farmers to solve real world challenges and improve decision making in the areas of beef and dairy, viticulture, aquaculture and water management.
Forest and Wood Products Using sensors and real-time data to monitor timber boards as they're air dried in timber yards, Tasmanian hardwood producers are reducing waste and improving efficiency. The Project is on track to deliver an estimated $15 million per annum boost to the $100 million industry.
Viticulture Having access to a new app and online dashboard to monitor on-farm growing conditions, understand disease and other risks, Tasmanian vineyards are making better decisions, being more environmentally responsive and increasing their financial gain.
Water Management Using sensor technology and real- time information on river flows, weather and water quality, Tasmanian farmers, regulators and the environment are benefiting from improved water management.
Irrigation Gateway Using real-time data from new sensor technology to monitor and control irrigation equipment and energy use, farm managers are improving energy efficiency, water management and reducing costs.
Sensor-smart Irrigation On-farm research and sensors are informing a new app that improves water use efficiency and agricultural sustainability, enabling farmers to make better irrigation decisions and tailor their individual systems, soil and crop types.
Pasture Productivity Having access to a free, online tool to help predict and prepare for upcoming livestock feed availability, farmers have boosted their productivity, efficiency and sustainability.
BloomAlert A real-time monitoring network for early detection and management of algal blooms is supporting water agencies to efficiently manage the quality and safety of water for drinking, recreation and irrigation.
Macquarie Harbour Salmon The salmon industry is improving efficiency, productivity and environmental practices by using sensing technology placed on 'sentinel' fish in pens and in the environment to collect real-time data on fish behaviour, water temperature, dissolved oxygen and depth.
Oyster Biosensors Fitting a network of biosensors on individual oysters to collect data on health and on-farm conditions is informing real-time decision making on production. The industry is becoming more competitive, efficient and sustainable.
Federal Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck; Dr Anne Hardy, University of Tasmania; Tasmanian Premier and Minister or Tourism, Will Hodgman. Tourism Tracking App Launch December 2015
Tourism Tracking App Using real-time sensor generated data, the Tasmanian tourism industry and community are experiencing value and growth by gaining insights into visitor travel and decision making.
AirRater App The world's first personalised air quality monitoring system is using federated data to help Tasmanians breathe easier. Suffers are adapting their behaviour and managing their daily activities, as well as improving public health outcomes.
Using data generation, visualisation and sharing, farmers are identifying opportunities, solving challenges and improving their decision making. Providing digitally-backed provenance solutions to local food exporters and their supply network is transforming Tasmanian food value chains.