Geelong precision farming startup begins trials

Deakin University-based IoT company Strut has begun a three-month trial of its ground-based sensor products, which update farmers on soil moisture and temperature, humidity and air temperature.


The company was founded by four engineers to make a simple precision agriculture offering, and went through Deakin’s three-month Spark accelerator program last year. Strut is based at the university’s Manufutures aims, and aims to commercialise solutions for farmers around responding to climate change and water scarcity.


It has partnered with Boundary Bend Olives and Leura Park to test their system, which uses sensor nodes plugged into the ground and the low-power wide area protocol, designed for  communications of small amounts of data over long distances, with only a small draw on battery life. 


The trials use the City of Greater Geelong Smart City Office’s Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN.) 


According to its website, the company is also developing solutions for manufacturing, mining, construction and smart cities.


Picture: Strut


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