Farmers will be able to remotely monitor rain and tank levels without a mobile or GPS connection with two new Internet of Things devices launched today.

QLD based farm sensor provider Goanna Ag today launched its Australian designed and manufactured GoRain and GoTank products which use low orbit satellites to transmit water level data.

Collecting and monitoring tank and rain levels help farmers optimise on farm water use and better understand rain variability to improve crop yields.

The sensors connect using the IoT network of Myriota, an Australian satellite company that provides satellite connectivity to customers in the space, agriculture, resources and renewable energy industries.

Myriota and Goanna Ag say the sensor to nanosatellite connection is a world first and means data from rain gauges and tank monitors can now be collected from “anywhere in the world where you can see the sky” and sent back to monitoring apps.

Both devices cost around $1,000 each and there is a platform connectivity fee of $120 per year.

Goanna Ag’s CEO, Alicia Garden, believes that the new devices will play an important role in the future success of Australia’s $62 billion agriculture sector.

“Rainfall is the fundamental driver of agricultural production, and while we can’t make it rain more, GoRain and GoTank will bring confidence to decision making for our hard-working food and fibre producers,” she said.

“We believe that this technology will transform the Australian market and provide the information needed to support the industry in even the most challenging times.”

Farmers around the world are investigating more efficient ways to grow in order to satisfy a growing global population. Agtech – which includes everything from robots and drones, driverless vehicles, ground-based sensors, and aerial imaging through to the analytics and artificial intelligence platforms needed to understand all the new data streams being created – is viewed as a critical component to improving yields.

Australia’s agtech research, like its farmers, is world renowned, but there are challenges to commercialising and deploying the solutions.

Myriota CEO and co-founder Dr Alex Grant said that the launch of GoRain and GoTank comes at a critical time for the Australian agricultural sector.

“By providing the agricultural industry with data about precious on-farm water assets at the click of a button, Myriota and Goanna Ag are supporting the industry to make highly strategic decisions that will ensure the survival of crops and livestock,” Dr Grant said.

“GoRain and GoTank are able to obtain on-site data from anywhere and deliver that information to the farmer via the Myriota network; removing the guesswork and providing accurate data about on-farm water levels.”

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