Seminar Showcases Stage 1 Project Achievements

The outcomes of Sense-T's first three years of research have been showcased at a seminar in Hobart.

The Tasmanian Minister for Information Technology and Innovation, Michael Ferguson, joined farmers, researchers and industry stakeholders at the IMAS Lecture Theatre to hear about the achievements of the Stage 1 projects carried out between June 2012 and March 2015.Minister Ferguson speaks at the Seminar

The sensor and data research in Viticulture, Beef & Dairy, Water Management and Aquaculture was designed to help Tasmanian farmers to improve their productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

The projects' outcomes included:

The Stage 1 projects were part of a proof-of-concept phase and funded from $3.6 million provided by the Tasmanian Government through its Inter Government Agreement with the Australian Government.

Acting Director Amanda Castray said Sense-T's 14 new Industry Research Projects would build on the foundation laid by its initial research.

"Our Stage 1 Projects, which were undertaken by researchers from the University of Tasmania and CSIRO in collaboration with farmers and industry groups, demonstrated how access to real-time data can help people to solve industry problems and make better decisions.

"Over the next 18-months we'll build on that foundation by broadening our work in agriculture to also include research in health, tourism, new financial services, and infrastructure, freight and logistics."

Published on: 24 Jun 2015