The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is looking to form a central panel of preferred supplier ICT service providers to assist with its Sense-T data research project.
The Sense-T ICT Panel will support its new industry research projects to develop web based or mobile applications that provide specialist scientific data visualisation, presentation of GIS or spatial data.
This comes on the back of Sense-T’s plans to expand across 14 new industry research projects in enabling the use of sensor technology and data analysis.
Sense-T acting director, Amanda Castray, said it will be building on its first stage of the project and broadening its work in agriculture to include research in health, tourism, new financial services, infrastructure, freight and logistics.
The first stage of Sense-T, which ran from June 2012 to 2015 was focused on Tasmanian farmers spanning across viticulture, beef and dairy, water management and aquaculture.
A part of the project’s foundation phase was proving the value of sensory technology and real-time data.
In this case, it has contributed to developing an online pasture growth prediction tool to tell farmers how much their pasture will grow in the coming weeks; Tasmanian regulators had access to real-time data about environmental conditions around shellfish farms; data tools helped vineyards avoid disease and make improved management decisions; and data usage has helped irrigators in the Ringarooma catchment improve water use management, which has benefited farmers, regulators and the environment.
“What we’ve shown over Sense-T’s first three years is that sensors and real-time data can make a real difference to productivity, efficiency and sustainability in agriculture,” Castray, said.
“We’ve also shown the benefits of working with industry from the start to identify what problems they wanted us to solve, and then involving them throughout the research to ensure the solutions we came up with were practical.
“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.”
Sense-T is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Tasmanian Government, UTAS and CSIRO.
Click here for further details on the tender process, which closes July 3.