The Farm Data Services platform aims to overcome one of the biggest hurdles in modern, data-driven agriculture — how to securely manage and integrate data from multiple technologies across the farm.
Enabled through Telstra’s Data Hub, the Farm Data Services platform provides a highly scalable and secure data sharing platform to integrate, standardise and, with permission of the data owner, distribute data sets from existing agtech deployments.
The proof of concept will demonstrate the value a platform can provide farmers, agritechs, institutions and researchers, connecting applications across a farm to simplify permissioned sharing of data and creating a single point to access permissioned data for analysis and research.
It will be trialled this year at the Global Digital Farm, which is managed in partnership with Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre as a test bed for agrifood research and technology.
The road test will aggregate data sources from three agtech providers to enable Charles Sturt research while also creating an application to drive efficient fertiliser application on the Global Digital Farm.
Telstra’s Jon Young Flores said the first wave of digital agriculture had delivered an explosion of data that had left many farmers overwhelmed and concerned about how their data was being used.
“This next phase of digital agriculture is about a farmer-centric approach to security, integration and demonstrating the return on investment,” he said.
“The Farm Data Services platform puts farmers in the driver’s seat, giving them control over the flow, access and monetisation of their data. Ultimately, we are seeking to prove the value permissioned data sharing can provide to stakeholders across the farmer value chain.”