In Australia, a first-of-its-kind ag-tech facility with the vision to innovate new smart farming techniques including automated harvesting and driverless vehicles in response to the growing challenges faced by the agriculture sector will be established in Melbourne’s’ southeast.
A partnership between Monash University and Bosch Australia to collaborate on future-oriented smart agriculture will enable the establishment of the ag-tech facility and accompanying development center that will occupy one hectare at Bosch’s headquarters in Clayton. The facility will house a prototypical smart farm and will enable collaborative industry partnerships and research. The space will include cropping trials and early-stage prototype development, enabling the use of artificial intelligence, automation, robotics and advanced sensor technology.
“This Monash-Bosch collaboration represents our shared capabilities in agriculture technology and creates the opportunity to lead future advancement of the ag-tech sector – the next big growth industry for Australia,” said Monash Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Ken Sloan.