We envisage projects falling into one or more of the following broad categories.
Remote sensing for decision making
These can sense crop growth and nutrients, soil health, weather, crop yield prediction, water stress management or pest control. Remote sensing technologies include satellites and drones, as well as in-situ sensors, linked by appropriate data connections.
Smart pasture production
This can include animal feeding systems, analysis of herds and individual animals, farm-wide environmental control systems, methane emission reduction and improving animal welfare.
Precision technologies for indoor or controlled environment agriculture
These can be vertical farming, planting, transplanting, harvesting, precision watering or fertiliser application.
Systems exploiting big data
Create systems that collect, aggregate and analyse farm data to improve productivity. They must develop protocols that enable data sharing, interfaces, and data exchange.
Robotic systems for agriculture
Develop robotic systems to analyse soil conditions. These can include detection and prediction of pests and diseases, making precision applications of agrochemicals, planting and transplanting, or cloud-based robot control systems.