We are delighted to announce that the Irrigation Gateway project that we have been working on with our good friends at Definium Technologies has been successfully funded as one of fourteen projects that were funded during the Sense-T Stage 2 grant round.
The Irrigation Gateway project has received $500,000, which will be used to explore ways in which farmers can better monitor their energy and water usage across multiple pivot irrigators. The project will require substantial new hardware development, as well as the development of a sophisticated enterprise system for enabling farmers to use the information that's collected by the sensors as part of their everyday decision making process.
The Irrigation Gateway project will be lead by Definium Technologies, but will be supported by a number of other partners, including Bitlink, iConnect Electrical and Brundstedt and Lambert Systems. We have also had a lot of support from a number of industry partners, whose insights have been invaluable during the scoping phase of this project. The team at Sense-T have been fantastic as well and we're looking forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months.
We're now in the final phases of negotiating a contract and preparing to get underway, so stay tuned for more updates on this project as we dig in and start work over the coming weeks. The project will take place over the course of 20 months, with the completion date set in late 2016.
The Sense-T grant has the potential to be utterly transformative for Definium Technologies, Bitlink and the other partners in this project. We're keen to use this opportunity to continue developing local hardware design and manufacturing capability in Launceston and to develop a sustainable business model that can ensure the outcomes of the project reverberate far beyond the initial completion date. There's a long road ahead, but we can't wait to get started!
You can learn more about the other projects that were funded as part of this grant round here.