Trial technology and IoT network connectivity
The trial is supported by the delivery of IoT network connectivity and the Catalogue of Apps & Devices.
IoT network connectivity
Agriculture Victoria is partnering with the National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo) to deliver IoT network connectivity for farm properties taking part in the On-Farm IoT Trial.
NNNCo will roll out LoRaWAN (long range wide area network) across the four trial regions to support the deployment of IoT apps and devices on farms taking part in the trial.
Access to reliable network coverage is a key barrier to farmers adopting digital technology on-farm. Funding the delivery of IoT network connectivity for the On-Farm IoT Trial is helping to address this barrier.
Improved network connectivity being delivered under the trial will not only benefit farmers taking part in the trial – it will also provide broader opportunities for digital uptake across the regions where the trial is taking place.
Learn more about NNNCo at nnnco.com.au.
Catalogue of Apps & Devices
Agriculture Victoria is developing a Catalogue of Apps & Devices for the On-Farm IoT Trial. The catalogue will contain a range of IoT technologies that have been deemed suitable for the trial.
Participating farmers can select technologies from the catalogue to test on-farm, supported by a grant from Agriculture Victoria.
Agriculture Victoria is now in the process of finalising the list of IoT technology providers who will be suppliers to the trial and appear in the Catalogue of Apps & Devices.
More information about the catalogue will be available soon.
Apps & Devices Supplier Guidelines
Suppliers to the trial can learn more by referring to the Apps & Devices Supplier Guidelines:
Frequently asked questions
How were IoT technology providers identified for the trial?
Providers were identified through a market engagement Request for Proposal process.
The Request for Proposal for IoT apps and devices was released in August 2018 and was published at tenders.vic.gov.au. It invited IoT technology providers to submit proposals for their apps and devices to be considered for the On-Farm IoT Trial Catalogue of Apps & Devices.
The Request for Proposal was open to any provider who wished to make a submission. It received a tremendous response from the market, with thousands of apps and devices from dozens of IoT technology providers submitted for consideration.
The Request for Proposal process is now closed.
How was the IoT network connectivity provider identified for the trial?
Connectivity providers were identified through a market engagement Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
The RFP was released in 2018 and was published at tenders.vic.gov.au. It invited network providers to submit a proposal to deliver IoT network capability to the regions of Maffra, Tatura, Birchip and Serpentine for the two-year trial period.
NNNCo was successful through this process and will partner with Agriculture Victoria as the network provider for the trial. NNNCo is a leading Australian IoT network provider with experience deploying and managing networks to support cities, utilities, logistics and agriculture.
NNNCo will roll out LoRaWAN across the trial regions. LoRaWAN is a long-range network that wirelessly connects devices to the internet. More information will become available as the IoT network is rolled out to the trial regions.
Why is a catalogue needed?
As part of preparations for the On-Farm IoT Trial, Agriculture Victoria engaged with farmers and industry leaders to understand barriers to the uptake of digital technology.
One of these barriers is a lack of or low digital literacy, meaning many farmers have not had opportunities for practical learning and exposure to technology to identify the right technologies for their farm, or how to reliably use them.
To address this barrier through the On-Farm IoT Trial, Agriculture Victoria has tested the AgTech market to discover on-farm IoT solutions and develop the Catalogue of Apps & Devices for the trial.
Farmers taking part in the trial will receive specialised support from Agriculture Victoria’s Industry Technology Coordinators to select IoT solutions from the catalogue that match their on-farm needs.
I am an IoT technology provider and I missed out on the Request for Proposal process. Can I still be involved in the On-Farm IoT Trial?
The department is not currently seeking further proposals from suppliers of IoT technology, software applications or devices for the On-Farm IoT Trial.
The trial is delivering increased IoT network connectivity across the four trial regions and this will provide broader opportunities for digital uptake across these regions. IoT technology providers and their customers will be able to benefit from increased network connectivity being delivered under the trial even if they are not participating in the trial.
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What if farmers know what technology they want to invest in, but it isn’t in the catalogue?
Farmers will receive specialised support from Industry Technology Coordinators to select IoT solutions from the catalogue to match their on-farm needs.
The catalogue will contain the range of IoT technologies deemed suitable for the trial following an open market engagement process. It is not intended to represent all IoT technologies that are currently available on the market.
Understanding gaps in what IoT technology is on offer and what farmers want from IoT will be a valuable lesson of the trial for both farmers and IoT providers.
Why aren’t emerging or cutting-edge technologies included in the catalogue?
The trial is supporting farmers to invest in IoT technology currently available in agriculture to realise the benefits currently on offer from on-farm IoT.
Why can’t farmers use the grant money to buy technology of their choice?
We’ve taken this approach because in the lead up to the trial, Victorian farmers told Agriculture Victoria that being unfamiliar with what technologies are out there and the potential benefits, or being unsure which technology to choose and how to use it, can be a significant barrier to investing in IoT.
The Catalogue of Apps & Devices will contain a range of different IoT technologies and different suppliers. Participating farmers will be able to choose IoT solutions from the catalogue.
Participating farmers will also have access to specialised support from Agriculture Victoria staff to help them match IoT solutions from the catalogue to their on-farm needs.
The Request for Proposal was released in August 2018. Why did this process take so long?
A large number of submissions representing thousands of apps and devices from dozens of providers was received through the Request for Proposal. Each submission was carefully assessed and evaluated following the Victorian Government’s evaluation processes.
The Victorian Government’s evaluation processes are thorough to ensure the Request for Proposal process is transparent, robust and achieves the best outcomes.
For the trial, this will mean a good mix of IoT technologies to meet a range of different on-farm needs.