Goanna Ag launches first-of-its-kind sensors to provide water management visibility for Australian farmers

ADELAIDE, South Australia, Aug. 6, 2019Goanna Ag has partnered with Myriota to develop a remote monitoring, low-cost farm sensor solution for Australian farmers. The solution will tackle one of Australian agriculture’s biggest challenges: the management and optimisation of on-farm water use.

Combining Goanna
Ag’s deep experience in farm sensors with Myriota’s direct-to-orbit satellite
network for the Internet of Things (IoT), the partnership will unlock the power
of remote monitoring at a price and scale never seen before.

Making the most
of every drop of precious water is a challenge that Australian farmers have
been dealing with for decades. This has been compounded by the impact of one of
the worst droughts in living memory; with water management being brought into
stark view across the farming community this year.

Monitoring
rainfall and water storage is a critical requirement to better understand and
manage what is going on across the farm. Traditionally, this monitoring has
required regular trips to check rain gauges and water tank levels; a necessary
evil rather than an efficient and sustainable solution.

In the past
decade, remote monitoring has emerged as a far more efficient approach, but the
relatively high cost of hardware and communications, complexity of data, less
than robust sensors and a lack of field support has prevented widespread
adoption.

Partnering with
Myriota to develop an ‘everywhere’ monitoring solution for Australian
agriculture, GoannaAg has deployed a small number of rain gauges and water tank
monitoring devices as part of a trial on Australian farms. Now, the tried and
tested solution is on the verge of commercial release with pricing and
distribution currently being finalised.

The gauges’ data
management and app access provide a more affordable solution than other  alternatives, with units set to include three
years of connectivity, data management and app access as standard.

Future iterations
of the rain gauges will see Goanna Ag integrate smart functionality, including
point specific weather forecasting generated by the Bureau of Meteorology,
aggregated and granular rainfall mapping, and an initial on-the-go yield
forecaster for dryland cropping.

Tom Dowling Chief
Operating Officer at Goanna Ag said that the suite of products has been in
development for some time.

“Our clients know the value that comes from remote monitoring, but until now, the industry has been restricted by coverage and cost issues,” Dowling said.

“We have been working toward a solution like this for over a decade, and thanks to our partnership with Myriota, have developed a game changing solution that will drive on farm efficiencies – particularly around water management and optimisation.”

Tom Dowling, Chief Operating Officer, Goanna Ag

Business
Development Executive at Myriota, Tom Rayner, echoed Goanna Ag’s sentiments,
saying that the partnership is already achieving strong results for farmers.

“We are able to provide an ‘everywhere’ communication solution that is ideally suited to agriculture,” Rayner said.

“With ground based communications requiring capital and geographical prioritisation, there will be ‘black spots’ where data is lost, but through this collaboration with Goanna Ag, we have been able to overcome these challenges of cost and connectivity.”

Tom Rayner, Business Development Executive, Myriota

Both Myriota and
Goanna Ag are in the process of expanding their respective capabilities to
deliver more sensors and satellites to solve problems facing the industry where
real-time insights are critical.

Goanna Ag is now
taking pre-orders for their rain gauge and tank monitoring solutions, with
commercial sales set for October this year.

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