The growing focus on the environmental impact of farming has led to an increased use of technologies to optimise fertiliser, power and water use. This is a tough time for our farmers and the adoption of new tools to help is not helped when one of the biggest challenges remains connectivity across large areas of Aotearoa’s productive land. How can improvements to rural connectivity be accelerated? We ask the people out there doing it!
AgriTechNZ and the IoT Alliance are hosting a panel of speakers to share their experiences, projects and aspirations for the future of IoT in agritech. We will discuss large scale IoT and sensor deployment projects, plus proof-of-concept trials. New infrastructure initiatives and the evolving role of satellite connectivity will also be discussed.
Quickfire presenters and panelists:
Eitan Dan – General Manager at CropX New Zealand Ltd
Eitan has garnered vast executive managerial experience leading successful largescale projects in areas of IOT, Smart Cities and Homeland security. Eitan holds Master and Bachelor Degrees in Commercial Law from Tel Aviv and Berkeley Universities, an MBA from Polytechnic University NY, and a B.Sc. in Computer Programming.
Jimmy McCreery – MVT Implementation Manager at Fonterra
Jimmy has been project manager on the Milk Vat Monitoring since 2018. He has been managed the rollout with all key stakeholders, the three partners installing on farm (DTS, Halo Systems, Levno), internal teams within Fonterra and fronting engagement with farmers. Prior to this, Jimmy has held a range of roles within the National Transport & Logistics team at Fonterra, all focusing on the optimization and execution of collecting farmers milk right across NZ.
John McDermott – NZ IOT Alliance Founder at BoatSecure and Consulting to IoT Entrepreneurs
Louise Bradford – Head of Regulatory, Government and Carrier Relations at Connected Farms
Louise Bradford is Connected Farms’ regulatory and government specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the communications and media sectors, with a strong focus on regulatory framework development, development of regulatory and data strategies and implementation of technical compliance programs across radiocommunications spectrum, telecommunications and the internet.. Louise has deep experience in designing regulatory regimes for new and emerging digital technologies and an in-depth working knowledge of the operation of communications industries and markets. Through Connected Farms, Louise is part of a team that has proven experience in delivering connectivity solutions to farms throughout rural Australia and New Zealand – experience gained in many years of communications deployments for emergency services and commercial wireless /mobile companies. Louise sees great value in industry working closely with government and regulators to ensure policy decisions are supported by evidence of the practical experiences farmers are having with connectivity (or lack thereof) out on their land whilst they are running their farm operation. Louise’s involvement in agriculture started at an early age, having grown up on her family’s beef cattle farm in Northern NSW.
Michael Lightfoot – Solution Consultant at IOT Spark New Zealand
Michael has 27 years of experience working in the Information Communication and Technology space and 10 years working at Spark in a Solution Specialist and Business Development Manager roles. His current role as Solution Consultant – IoT is specialising in Cellular and LoRa services and leveraging related cloud technologies to deliver business solutions that maximise efficiency and productivity for our customers.
Mike Smith, Chairman at WISPA NZ
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