MobileTECH 2017 to be held in Rotorua

MobileTECH 2017 to be held in Rotorua MobileTECH 2017 to be held in Rotorua
MobileTECH 2017 to be held in Rotorua MobileTECH 2017 to be held in Rotorua

MobileTECH 2017 will be running on 22 and 23 March 2017 in Rotorua

Kiwi ingenuity has been the backbone of New Zealand’s primary industries for the last 150 years. New drivers and technologies are reshaping how agricultural, horticultural, and forestry industries operate in the 21st century, with digital technologies among these to provide business disruption through efficiency gains.

For the last five years, primary industry leaders, technology developers, innovators, and early adopters have met each year to discuss how new technologies are impacting upon primary industry sectors.

MobileTECH 2017, an event running in March, is said to be an essential platform for the industries to connect, learn, and showcase the latest mobile and digital innovations.

"This is an age of enormous technological disruption, and it’s a privilege to bring together the experts leading the change within this country’s primary sector," MobileTECH’s programme manager, Ken Wilson, says.

"We have a wide range of technology being showcased next year, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about how these are being adopted by industry."

Waiuku dairy farmer Tony Walters is one of the first farms to trial Spark’s innovative IoTs, which monitors and collates a wide range of on-farm information using wireless networks. The aim is to provide critical, timely, and actionable data on the running of the farm. Both Tony and Spark will be speaking about this at MobileTECH 2017.

MobileTECH delegates will also hear from a number of early tech adopters, including Canterbury farmer Chris Allen, T&D Pipfruit orchard manager Lachlan Mckay, and farmer turned inventor Nigel Taylor.

A new digital platform is also looking to shake up how farmers buy and sell livestock. StockX provides an online platform designed to make stock trading easy, secure, and cheaper for the farmer. Recently, StockX signed on to a new strategic partnership with Federated Farmers. Jason Roebuck, managing director of StockX, will also be speaking.

For horticulture, Robotics Plus, a finalist at this year’s NZ Innovation Awards, will speak on the development of the Robotic picker. They now have three apple packers in a full commercial trial in a South Island packhouse. Using radar and vision sensors, the technology is quickly becoming a commercial reality for the sector.


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