THE state government Internet of Things trial will expand to include a new long-range network.
Internet of Things technology allows farmers to gather on-farm data from embedding sensors on devices such as soil moisture probes, weather stations and silo storage monitors.
A trial site for grain production was launched in Birchip in July.
A new long-range network announced this week will allow for thousands of sensors to be securely connected to the internet.
It will provide coverage for about 600 farms across four areas in the state where the Internet of Things trials are taking place - Maffra, Tatura, Serpentine and Birchip.
To be eligible to participate in the trial, farms must be a commercial farm that is either a dairy cattle farm in the Maffra trial region; a horticulture farm in the Tatura trial region; a broadacre cropping farm in the Birchip trial region; or a sheep farm in the Serpentine trial region.
The new network will give farmers access to real-time data to improve on-farm productivity, efficiency and sustainability.
Australian Internet of Things provider National Narrowband Network Communications will deliver the new network with Agriculture Victoria.
Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes announced the expansion on February 3.
"Our Internet of Things trial has the potential to revolutionise farm businesses, putting Victorian farmers at the forefront of agricultural innovation," she said.
For more information about the trial, visit the digital agriculture section of Agriculture Victoria's website.
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