Coonamble Pilot Farm
Brian and Donna Ditchfield run a mixed farming enterprise with sheep, cattle and fodder cropping southeast of Coonamble, towards the Warrumbungle Mountains. The business extends over two properties which are 50 km apart.
Brian decided where he wanted sensors based on what he wanted to measure or monitor. He installed a second-hand communication tower on the main property for the WiFi network, but on the second property had a new one installed by the supplier for the LoRaWAN network. He says that now the systems have been in operation he can see an advantage in having more towers to boost connectivity across a wider area of the farm. The towers and WiFi communication on his main property allow video surveillance across the property.