Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Silver in IoT Spartans challenge

Designing a tool for farmers to view, retrieve and download data captured by paddock sensors, has earned a team from the Graham Centre a silver medal in a global competition.

Dr Lihong Zheng The team of 12 Charles Sturt University (CSU) undergraduate and postgraduate students competed in the 2017 international Internet of Things (IoT) Spartans Challenge.

The competition is an educational program that challenges students to ‘brainstorm’ and propose new ways to use IoT technologies to solve real world problems.

Led by lecturers Dr Lihong Zheng and Dr Sabih Rehman from CSU’s School of Computing and Mathematics, the CSU team claimed second place out of the 250 universities competing worldwide.

Dr Zheng said the experience of competing on an international level allowed students to showcase what they and regional Australia can achieve.

“The competition is organised by one of the world’s top 10 IoT companies, Libelium, which is based in Spain,” Dr Zheng said.

“The team designed a tool that could be used by farmers to view, retrieve and download data captured by new IoT sensors placed in farm paddocks. This data can be viewed using a web browser on a laptop computer or via a smart phone.”

As a leading regional university, Dr Zheng explained it was important for CSU to be on the forefront of technology that bridges the digital divide between metropolitan and regional, rural and remote communities.

“With the onset of digital agriculture, IoT can improve productivity in Australian farming. We teach students how to apply cutting-edge techniques to provide a cloud-based architecture for environmental monitoring on farms,” Dr Zheng said.

“Participating in this competition allowed students to develop a practical application and demonstrate a feasible solution to a real-time case, and provided public recognition for the best IoT developers of the future.”

The team was funded by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer within the NSW Department of Industry.

This story was first published on CSU News.


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