The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live, work and interact with the wider community, and heralds an unprecedented era of innovation.
In regional Australia, access to a fast, reliable internet connection is crucial for the integration of IoT.
Essentially, IoT connects devices and allows them to communicate with each other. In regional Australia this interconnectivity is redefining agriculture. The connected farm model utilises a series of connected devices to allow farmers to be more efficient as well as increasing on farm productivity.
Sensors that measure when to irrigate and fertilise, animal health and sophisticated data systems work together to optimise farm productivity. These are all elements within a Precision Agriculture model, where analytics inform decisions and optimise yields.
Essential to Precision Agriculture is connectivity. In regional Australia coverage, choice and reliability is what is needed to make IoT a reality for Australian agriculture.
Regional Australia and the Internet of Things are explored in the following articles from Red Wire, Vodafone’s technology blog.
Vodafone is planning to build 70 mobile base stations across Australia under the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. The following article includes the Vodafone Mobile Black Spot Programme Rollout Schedule.