Irrigation Gateway To Receive $500,000

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.

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.