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Agritech
Rural industries failing to protect against cyber threats
A new AgriFutures Australia report by BDO explores the cyber threats facing Australia’s rural industries, following two significant attacks in the past 12 months.
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Artificial Intelligence
Partnership to develop platform for New Zealand agritech AI research
“This is a special collaboration, enhancing the capabilities and support we offer to New Zealand’s agricultural research communities, particularly those working in emerging technologies, such as AI and deep learning."
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Agritech
Autogrow spins out new digital farming company WayBeyond
Agritech firm Autogrow is splitting its company into two separate entities, one of which will concentrate on farming solutions through artificial intelligence.
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Drones
DJI announces new smart-drone for agricultural spraying
The drone includes modular design, omnidirectional digital radar, and an optimised precision spraying module to bring digital insights and efficiency to farming.
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Agritech
Technology 'critical' for the future of Australia's agriculture industry
Technology will significantly help in boosting Australia's agricultural industry, according to a new report released by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).
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Agritech
Aussie agritech company turns to equity crowdfunding to aid expansion
DIT Technologies has teamed up with Birchal to launch the equity crowdfunding initiative, with the long term view of expanding market reach, bringing more employees on board and improving the solution for farmers.
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IT Automation
Tauranga agtech firm recognised on the world stage
Tauranga-based agtech firm Robotics Plus has received worldwide recognition on the Top 50 AgTech companies, as ranked on the THRIVE Top 50.
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Artificial Intelligence
NZ's agritech sector 'urgently' needs to focus on AI
"In the end, how we progress in shaping New Zealand’s place in the worlds food system will depend on how boldly we step up to the AI horizon."
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Cloud
Agritech co-op LIC appoints Andrea Black as new CIO
Agritech co-operative LIC has appointed former Genesis Energy executive Andrea Black as its new chief information officer.
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Drones
DJI launches precision drone for agriculture
DJI says it’s ‘setting a new standard’ for agricultural drone applications, with the launch of the world’s first fully integrated multi-spectral imaging drone.
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Amazon Web Services / AWS
LIC utilises AWS to advance NZ's smart farming solutions
LIC, one of the oldest farming cooperatives in New Zealand, states it’s taking advantage of emerging technologies to enable better digital systems for New Zealand farmers that will help them drive the next wave of productivity gains.
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Agritech
SparkLabs Cultiv8 demoday kicks off in September
SparkLabs Cultiv8 designed the event to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, media and government to focus on how food is created, distributed and consumed, and consider how this can be done better.
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Cloud
Microsoft showcase highlights NZ's critical challenges
Microsoft presented its first ever parliamentary Showcase to New Zealand government ministers and MPs last week, as it showcased just how innovative New Zealanders can be.
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Digital Transformation
AgritechNZ unveils major initiative to boost production
“With the need to feed the world’s population of 9.8 billion people by 2050, AgritechNZ is looking at ways New Zealand can scale up its food production."
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Data
Farmers looking for data to help change bad habits
It is no secret that agriculture is a massive cause of environmental issues in NZ. Farmers say they are willing to change, if they get the right data.
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Drones
New software for drone footage mapping and analysis
DJI Terra allows drone pilots to quickly generate 2D maps and 3D model reconstructions, plus analyse data and generate insights with analysis tools.
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Agritech
Biotech an ailing area of NZ economy
With New Zealand aiming to make tech our number two export by 2025, and primary industry already our number one, we need a clear path forward.
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Cloud
Agritech firm Engender acquired
heir backing as an international strategic partner will ensure that Engender can take its Kiwi innovation worldwide.”
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Agritech
AU study looks at agritech challenges ahead
Barriers to adoption include infrastructure challenges such as a lack of connectivity, and the lack of strong value propositions.
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Open source
Agritech firm releases open source water monitor built on Raspberry Pi
“Essentially we are giving away water management technology. There are very few people who understand how to design and build these technologies."
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Agritech
Silicon Valley connection key to Kiwi growth, says expert
Graeme Muller says that he has returned from the Bay Area with an understanding of just how valuable the Kiwi-Cali connection will be.
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Internet of Things
Vodafone trials regional plug-and-play connectivity in Australia
The plug-and-play device delivers 4G voice and data services in locations where commercial networks are not traditionally deployed.
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Agritech
Agricultural robotics firm appoints new CEO as it prepares to go global
It was the right time to add a professional chief executive to a high-calibre team, especially after strong growth and funding.
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Cloud
Agritech NZ signs historic agreement with US agritech firm
Agritech growth in New Zealand is now getting a helping hand thanks to a deal with US-based firm Western Growers.