Over the past few months, Bitlink have been working closely with Definium Technologies to develop an application for funding through the second round of Sense-T research and development grants.
The project that Definium Technologies have proposed is an irrigation gateway system that provides detailed information about power and water usage on farms. In particular, the system will provide detailed information on a per-irrigator basis, which is a level of granularity that is currently quite difficult to achieve (and quite rare on Tasmanian farms). The system will require the development of three new embedded systems, as well as some fairly complex software engineering.
If we're successful and receive the necessary funding for delivering the project, we see this as a fantastic opportunity to continue developing our working relationship with Definium Technologies, as well as establishing some additional advanced manufacturing capacity in Launceston.
We won't know whether we've been successful in the grant application process for another few weeks yet, but whether we make the cut or not, we're really proud of the application we developed. Given the detailed project planning process we undertook, the amount of time and effort we put into the application and the amount of industry support we've received to date, we're definitely hopeful that we're going to be in the mix.