IBM signs up for Tasmanian data project

SenseT uses NBN, environmental sensors to deliver agricultural information

IBM has joined Tasmania’s $42 million data project, SenseT, with National ICT Australia and Aurora Energy also joining the project.

SenseT, developed by the University of Tasmania, will use the National Broadband Network (NBN), databases and environmental sensors “to deliver agricultural information and better decision making in real time,” Regional Australia Minister, Simon Crean, said.

“The SenseT project joins the dots between addressing local priorities, leveraging other funding sources and sustaining the economic and social future of the region.”

CSIRO is investing $10.5 million in the project over five years, including contributions from the Tasmanian government. UTAS is investing $2 million in the project. The Australian government contributed an additional $3.6 million under the $120 million Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement.

“Our investment in this project demonstrates our commitment to uncovering and investing in projects that leverage Tasmania’s natural advantages and turn them into a competitive edge,” Crean said. “Tasmania has huge potential because of its natural competitive advantages, and while forestry products remain at the core of its economy, it’s not the only economic driver.”

Minister for Science and Research, Chris Evans, said, “SenseT will enable more efficient use of natural resources such as water, resulting in less wastage and better crop yields; and it will also assist with management of essential infrastructure and energy supply, by combining data on weather conditions and electricity consumption.”

Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, said, “Over the next five years sensors will be deployed across Tasmania measuring aspects of activity, including energy, water, population and transport flow.

“This project will help to maximise the potential of the State and Commonwealth Governments $400 million investment in irrigation infrastructure across the state.”

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