Mildura – a Smart City
MRD is partnering with SuniTafe and Mildura Rural City Council to provide a new education program based around IOT technology and sensor development and management. Complementing this, we will also provide a dedicated Smart Farm as an experience , training and R&D facility and working together, we will form links to a larger innovation ecosystem that will promote and assist local community and business to reduce their environmental footprint through precision technology and the LoRaWAN network, to reduce water, energy, nutrient and herbicide usage domestically and commercially.
The project will see the installation of a low power, long range, open standards data network, supporting applications for smart sensor devices, which will help with precision management of water, crops, solar, waste, emissions and air quality.
This project will help us identify, implement, monitor and evaluate solutions to assist not only our region, but Victoria, Australia and the world, with Climate Change issues. We will actively seek out opportunities that will expand educational activities, provide practical benefits to our region and provide our community with the tools to monitor and reduce waste and energy; deliver a Smart Farm (see more about the Smart Farm here) that is a Centre of Excellence, providing an opportunity for an international standard education and a pathway for businesses to access a Low Range Wide Area Data Network (LoRaWAN). This will mean businesses can connect to global technology, to utilise smart technology and IOT.
This project is part of our holistic approach to solution based thinking on how the agriculture and horticulture industries need to adopt new and innovative practices given the ongoing climate change challenges. By addressing identified issues and supported by our partnership with SproutX and SuniTAFE and through our Smart Farm initiative, we will also establish an accelerator program in Mildura, to provide actionable opportunities for networking, growth, innovation and new technology.
By being proactive rather than reactive, we see a bright future for the residents of our region.