NT trials agricultural Wi-Fi

Thursday, 07 June, 2018

NT trials agricultural Wi-Fi

New Wi-Fi technology is being trialled in regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory.

Collaboration between the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Agrinet has resulted in widespread Wi-Fi coverage achieved across the NT Government’s 3100 ha Douglas Daly Research Farm.

The technology, designed by Agrinet, is not reliant on one provider and is suitable for farms with any type of internet connection.

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said the results of the research could be a game changer for people on outback stations.

“We believe people in remote regions deserve good services,” he said.

“We have many remote areas where telecommunications are difficult or non-existent.

“The Territory Labor Government recognises improved Wi-Fi coverage could transform life in these regions and has been working with long-distance telecommunications company Agrinet to do something about it.”

Widespread Wi-Fi coverage can mean better cattle management, increased worker safety, improved mental health for residents and the ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology.

“This technology is designed to be installed and maintained by farmers, removing the expense of telecommunications experts having to travel for hours out bush,” Vowles said.

“Once installed, it will allow anyone with a smartphone or tablet to connect.”

The first tower installed at the research farm saw a signal reach 2 km through thick bush. Once the technology was installed on a water tower, the range increased to 10 km.

The next step of the trial will see the technology installed at Victoria River Research Station, which is 10 times the size of Douglas Daly Research Farm.

“Improved Wi-Fi could fundamentally change how Territorians in remote areas communicate and do business,” Vowles said.

“We will continue working with industry to see results for people in our remote areas.”

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