Technology changing the future of farming

Trial the NBN ready products at the Telstra site at Henty.

Field day visitors to the Telstra site will be able to check out the Gateway Frontier Modem, and get hands-on with the Satellite Iridium Go.

They will also have the opportunity to see how the Telstra Mobile Smart Antenna and Telstra Cel-Fi Go work, trial NBN ready products like Telstra TV and gaming consoles, and check if their home or business is eligible to connect to the NBN.

Telstra area general manager Chris Taylor will be on site to explain how communications technology is changing the future of farmering.

“We know that for Australia, the digital age makes connectivity vital to the success of communities and businesses,’’ Mr Taylor said.

“We also know it is fundamental in helping to close the geographic divide and service gaps experienced by some of our regional communities.

“For example, Telstra is working with an Australian-based specialist in crop protection and seed technologies, and is collaborating with an internationally-based firm to introduce their plant monitoring and agriculture analytics system to Australia.’’

The system provides near real-time monitoring via in-field devices connected to Telstra’s mobile network on a range of parameters allowing growers to optimise inputs and make better informed decisions to improve the quality and yield of crops.

Mr Taylor said programs and innovation would transform agribusiness and regional Australia.

“Telstra is investing now to deliver the kind of technology that can transform the lives of people living in regional communities over the next 20 years,’’ he said.