Introducing The Irrigation Gateway

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.

James Riggall

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

James is a Tasmanian entrepreneur who found his start as a teacher at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLab) in Launceston, Tasmania. James worked at the HITLab for five years. During that time, he taught courses in virtual reality, augmented reality, entrepreneurship and video game design. In his teaching career, James worked extensively with international lecturers, including the founder of the original HITLab in Seattle, Professor Thomas Furness. James also helped facilitate many guest lectures from international speakers, including staff from Microsoft, Valve Software and Gas Powered Games, as well as numerous independent video game developers. James left the HITLab in 2012 to establish Bitlink. Bitlink is a technology consultancy and software development house which is based in Launceston. As consultants, the Bitlink team help local businesses get the most out of technology and build their own success in the digital economy. As developers, the team build mixed reality and data visualisation applications for a variety of hardware platforms. James serves as a director of Startup Tasmania, a not-for-profit organisation and networking group for Tasmanian entrepreneurs. James is also one of the key proponents of the Macquarie House Catalyst Project, an initiative which aims to convert an iconic historic building in Launceston into a coworking space for Tasmanian innovators.