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New weather station project to provide more accurate forecasts for Queensland farmers

17 March 2021

Rollout in the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs to be first phase of the weather monitoring pilot project

The Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner, announced that Telstra will be setting up "around 45 robust high-quality Internet of Things (IoT) enabled weather stations on Telstra sites and around 10 weather stations on farms and DAF research facilities in the Lockyer Valley, Esk, Gatton, Toowoomba, Cecil Plains, and Darling Downs areas."

The Internet of Things (IoT) is based around the concept of automated data collection on devices, or Things, that have not traditionally been connected to the internet. By automatically collecting and uploading sensor data, IoT devices allow for a much greater level of monitoring and analysis than manual or non-integrated means.

Weather stations with IoT capabilities improve both the quantity and quality of available data, enabling forecasts to be made with a much higher degree of accuracy and reliability.

“Access to better local weather data will support improved management decisions on crop production, labour and the supply chain,” Mr Furner said.

“Agriculture is a vital part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, so we want to give our regional communities and our farmers the tools they need to succeed.”

The data collection trial period is planned to run until late 2021, and the data gathered will be made freely available to growers and users during that period.

To read the Minister's full media release, click here.