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Mobile technologies set to take off in primary industries

Mobile technologies set to take off in primary industries

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are now regularly appearing in the news and public spaces as their uses multiply. In farming, over the past 12 months, a number of productivity-enhancing applications for primary industries have been deployed successfully across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, mobile technologies and practical monitoring applications have proliferated to provide positive productivity gains for farmers, small and large alike.

After selling out in 2013, the upcoming MobileTECH 2014 technical conference series has expanded this year to include both Australia and New Zealand venues. Running on 5-6th August 2014 in Brisbane and 12-13th August in Auckland, the technology and case study conference will draw delegates from all manner of farming and forestry enterprises.

Keynote speakers from around the globe include:

Dr Claire D’Este is a robotics and artificial intelligence researcher from the Autonomous Systems program at CSIRO in Hobart. She gained her PhD from the University of New South Wales and Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris.

Her past projects have included robots for marine monitoring, manufacturing, and agriculture. She has developed artificial intelligence solutions for human-robot communication, aquaculture, transport, speech recognition, image recognition and environmental modelling. Dr D’Este is currently working for the ‘Sense-T’ initiative exploring how robot intelligence can be improved using sensor and image data from the cloud.

Ivan Andonovic, Director, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Silent Herdsman, is a recognised data communications expert. He served as a Tech-media Professor at the University of Strathclyde during which time he instigated the four-year, £4.75 million research program that became Silent Herdsman’s platform. Ivan was also a member of the Scottish Enterprise establishment team for the Intermediary Technology Institutes (ITIs), a group of organisations created to bridge the gap between basic research and company growth.

Ivan has extensive experience in advanced broadband networks, and was a two-year Royal Society Industrial Fellow investigating novel approaches to networking. Ivan has been Principal Investigator on over ten EPSRC funded projects in advanced communications and has edited two books, authored/co-authored five chapters in books, and over 350 journal and conference papers.

These technology-packed conferences will draw audiences from a wide array of stakeholders in primary industries including corporate farming and forestry, horticulture, dry stock and sheep stations alike. Farm-focused consultants and technology suppliers, armed with case studies from new applications, will also be on hand to ensure delegates are exposed to the latest innovations for improving returns from land-based enterprises. To review the full programmes check out


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