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Farm Asset Tracking IoT Solution

Connectivity and IoT solution providing asset tracking for farm assets such as Quad Runners and Feed Carts. Monitors location, status, motion of vehicles and assets. Uses rugged devices that can be exposed to rain, dust and environmental conditions, and which operate in ultra-low power modes without sacrificing performance.

Battery life up to 5 years. Flexible multi-technology location system possible

Farm Asset Tracking IoT Solution

  • Focus areas
  • Pricing model

    There is a network provisioning fee where there is no pre-existing coverage. Devices priced per unit with economies of scale. Connectivity costs are based on the number of devices connected with a minimum connectivity pack, which includes device management via N2N-DL platform.

  • Installation process

    Where there is no pre-existing LoRaWAN coverage, a local gateway is professionally installed by either NNNCo or a third party service provider. The IoT device for this solution is generally self-installed by the farmer with NNNCo providing installation instructions and phone or email support as needed during normal working hours. This device is easily installed and does not require an electrician for installation.

  • Ongoing maintenance required and support provided in Australia

    NNNCo maintains and operates the LoRaWAN network, with no work required on the farmer's part. Devices are low maintenance and can be self-maintained by the farmer. The device operates with very low battery consumption and batteries can be replaced by the farmer as required. The solution comes with a device management platform (N2N-DL) which gives farmers visibility of device status and performance.

  • Units deployed commercially
  • Energy source

    Battery powered

  • Data ownership policy

    Customer owns all data and has complete autonomy to choose if/when/how to provide access to data to third parties.

  • Data privacy and security policy

    Not provided

Case Study

NNNCo provides LoRaWAN connectivity and smart farm solutions as part of a major trial in the ACT by Carwoola Pastoral Company and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). Carwoola spans four properties with a total footprint of 6,500 hectares, used primarily for mixed grazing purposes, winter fodder crop and irrigated lucerne.

In 2018, Carwoola and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) teamed up to deploy and test a range of connectivity and AgTech technologies to gain deep, practical insight into the market capability and the benefits of current technologies.

As part of the trial, four LoRaWAN gateways were installed across the four properties, providing comprehensive LoRaWAN coverage. Devices were deployed for a range of solutions including four NNNCo applications:

  1. Cattle Grid Monitoring

  2. Environmental monitoring for sheds and pump houses

  3. Asset tracking for Quad Runners and Feed Carts

  4. Farm Gate Open / Close.

Results from the trial are due in 2019.

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