Driving digital transformation in Tasmania

The world population will grow to 9.7 billion by 2050. To achieve this, entire industries will need to transform. The University of Tasmania’s Sense-T is helping drive this transformation through digital technology with more than twenty-two industry research projects across ten different industries.

These projects have created significant environmental, social and economic impact in Tasmania and there is an abundance of highlights worth celebrating. Sense-T has been helping farmers improve yields, and helped the wine industry better understand disease. Our research has enabled people to breathe easier and improved their quality of life. We have also transformed Tasmanian food value chains as well as helping the salmon industry sustain environmental practices. These are just a few ways that Sense-T, with more than 160 researchers in tow, is driving the State’s digital agenda.

Coming in 2017

A digital transformation service is on its way early next year that will help transfer the expertise of agricultural consultants into software as a service. CSIRO/Data 61 and Sense-T are tackling digital transformation in the agricultural sector by helping scale consultant’s expertise to better service clients. Showcasing their services to a broader audience and making more data available are just a few ways this new service is set to super charge the industry.

Launceston will be the first city in Australia to be covered by an Internet of Things (IoT) network. Last month, the Hodgman Government committed $100,000 to pilot a city-wide LORA network which is a long range, low power network, similar to Wi-Fi and ideally suited to IoT applications. The project is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania’s Sense-T, Definium Technologies and CSIRO’s Data 61.

The Hon. Michael Ferguson MP, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation said this is an exceptional opportunity to bring together manufacturing capability, application development, community participation, researchers and government.

There are hundreds of possible applications for this network and we should expect to see projects developed and creative ideas in areas we currently can’t even anticipate. This is a first for Australia and shows the State Government’s commitment to the Smart Cities project and innovation. It’s through projects like this that we’ll see new businesses and new opportunities.

Importantly, this new network will provide a platform to develop and demonstrate new IoT related applications, especially in asset management, energy management, agriculture and aquaculture, which will leverage off the existing capabilities of LORA networks. Work on the pilot project has commenced and expected to be operational early 2017.

Published on: 12 Dec 2016