The Internet of Things in agricultural settings can significantly improve efficiency whilst reducing environmental impacts.
Our Parks and Gardens team have been trialling sensor technology at the Geelong Botanic Gardens to generate real-time data on soil and plant health. The in-ground sensors developed by a Geelong based start-up measure soil moisture, soil temperature, air temperature, humidity and light to inform and automate irrigation. The sensors track when water has reached a certain depth, to avoid wastage of this precious resource. Local growers and producers are also beginning to trial sensor technology including Boundary Road Olives and Leura Park Estate Vineyard.