SMART Farm — partners and projects

Research projects

Biomass Business II
Developing applications for mobile devices such as smart phones for farmers to monitor and manage pasture biomass.

UAV automated surveillance of in-field hotspots for improved management
Low-cost, high quality 3D crop monitoring using drones.

SMART Farm Landscape Laboratory
Establishing the UNE SMART Farm as a ‘landscape laboratory'.

UAV platform for testing new sensor technologies in precision agriculture
Building applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to support field data collection, new sensor development and image-calibration work involving satellite and aerial images.

National Resource Flock Project
On an annual basis, phenotype information is collected along with genotype information on a large number of sheep, providing the the reference population on which genomic prediction can be based.

Remote monitoring of livestock Validating remote monitoring of cattle weights using a new walk over weighing system

On-animal sensors for monitoring animal health and welfare
An on-animal sensor system which will allow graziers the ability to spatially and temporally monitor their animal’s health and welfare status autonomously

Alpacas: Guardian Angels for Sheep?
The use of guardian animals to protect another domesticated species has been used globally as a form of predator deterrent. However, there is little scientific based evidence in relation to alpacas as guardian animals.

Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate
The Insect Ecology Lab group are evaluating the impact of a changing climate on ecosystem services particularly in relation to ants and dung beetles.

Low cost remote water tank monitoring using satellites to directly access sensor data
Myriota Global (MG) is a nano-satellite, internet of things (IoT) connectivity solutions developer. MG has developed an ultra-low cost remote Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity platform.

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