Newcastle company Novecom, specialists in monitoring, sensors and IoT, has been named as a NSW Department of Primary Industries Farms of the Future (FoTF ) AgTech partner. This means eligible primary producers can access rebates when purchasing Novecom technology solutions from the FoTF catalogue.
The new program is part of the Future Ready Regions strategy, that lays out the government’s plans to support and work with regional communities, farmers, and industries, enabling them to become more self-reliant and better prepared for the impacts of future drought events and other economic shocks.
In response to the challenges identified in industry research and the NSW Government’s Farms of the Future pilot program in 2020, the program aims to facilitate tech-enabled production and monitoring through improved connectivity and installation of sensor equipment which support increased productivity, competitiveness, job creation and sustainable use of resources in the selected agricultural sectors: Cotton, Livestock, Grains and Horticultural tree crops and vines.
In addition to becoming a FoTF AgTech partner, Novecom’s water level monitoring and reporting device, the SynaptiX LID (Local Intelligent Device), has received the NSW government tick of approval to enable irrigators to comply with the new floodplain harvesting measurement regulations. In fact, Novecom’s SynaptiX LID is one of only two devices approved for use in NSW.
To ensure Novecom delivered a truly useful product that met the needs of farmers and regulators, the design team worked closely with Water NSW, the division of NSW DPE responsible for the measurement system testing, as well as talking directly to farmers and agriculturals service providers who would soon need a tool for measuring and reporting on their dam levels.
Following extensive consultation, Novecom’s versatile smart telemetry solution, the SynaptiX Collector, was adapted to meet the NSW Government’s specifications for a robust, reliable, tamper-proof telemetry metering device.
Having now been included in the FoTF catalogue, this smart device is even more accessible to NSW farmers. Not only will they be able to effortlessly comply with floodplain harvesting regulations, they will also gather valuable information to help with managing their irrigation infrastructure.
The FoTF program will run in stages and be rolled out across five target regions comprising 11 local government areas (LGAs) in rural and regional NSW, including:
- Carrathool, Griffith and Leeton
- Moree and Narrabri
- Orange and Cabonne
- Ballina, Byron and Lismore
The SynaptiX LID is available now for sale to certified installers.
Contact Novecom soon to discuss your requirements.