New agtech project for Victoria to harvest smart farm data

Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s most innovative agriculture state is being reinforced by a new partnership between Bosch Australia and Monash University.

A new AgTech Launch Pad facility is being established at Bosch Australia’s Clayton headquarters, with one hectare allocated to a smart farm for cutting-edge research and development.

The smart farm will include space for cropping trials and early-stage prototype development, enabling the use of artificial intelligence, automation, robotics and advanced sensor technology.

Monash University will work with Bosch Australia at the site to drive digital agriculture innovation and build on their respective expertise.

Bosch Australia is a global player in agriculture technology. It has other partnerships in Australia that foster innovation, which has built on the company’s reputation as a technology developer for the automotive and industrial sector.

Agriculture Victoria Research is also collaborating with Bosch Australia on research using cloud-based technologies to make the most of data-rich smart farms for more of our producers.

Monash University’s Food Innovation Centre is supporting Australia’s food industry through product development services with a focus on enabling businesses to rapidly export to target markets in Asia.

The Victorian Government has invested A$1 million in agriculture accelerator programs such as SproutX, as well as A$12 million for the Internet of Things demonstration project and the move to mandatory electronic Identification of sheep and goats.

More than 3,200 jobs have been created through agtech investment since November 2014.