Technology in the trial
Agriculture Victoria is developing a Catalogue of Apps & Devices for the On-Farm IoT Trial. Participating farmers can select technologies from the catalogue to test on-farm, supported by a grant from Agriculture Victoria.
The Catalogue of Apps & Devices will contain a range of IoT technologies that have been deemed suitable for the On-farm IoT Trial.
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.
Suppliers to the On-Farm IoT Trial can view 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 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.
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 technology options for their farm, or how to reliably use it.
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 an IoT solution from the catalogue that matches 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.
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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.
Understanding gaps in what the IoT technology market offers and what farmers want from IoT will be a valuable lesson of the trial for both farmers and for 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 we know that for many Victorian farmers, being unfamiliar with what technologies are out there and the potential benefits, or being unsure which technology to choose, 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.
They 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.