Industries across Tasmania will benefit from $13 million in innovative data research to be undertaken by Sense-T and its government, industry and research sector partners over the next 20-months.
Fourteen new Industry Research Projects were today announced at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus by Senator Stephen Parry, Tasmanian Senator and President of the Senate.
Photo, right, Sense-T Acting Director Amanda Castray (centre) with Professor Rathjen (to Amanda's right) and Senator Stephen Parry (to Amanda's left) and Project Leads at today's announcement
To be completed by December 2016, the projects broaden Sense-T's work beyond agriculture to also include health, tourism, new financial markets, and infrastructure, freight and logistics.
The new projects will be funded by $6 million provided to the University of Tasmanian by the Australian Government through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan, with a further $5 million from Sense-T's project partners, including industry, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Government.
As a part of today's announcement, Senator Parry also officially launched the new Sense-T NICTA Logistics Lab, a $2 million collaboration with NICTA, Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, which will use sensor technology and data analytics to improve productivity in freight, logistics and supply chains in Tasmania.
Speaking at the announcement, University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said Sense-T was an excellent example of the economic and social benefits that could be achieved when the University worked in partnership with government, industry and community organisations.
Descriptions of the 14 new Industry Research Projects can be found here.
Watch video of the announcement here.