All new JCU ‘ tag team’ off to Israel
AN extraordinary groundbreaking technology which James Cook University researchers helped develop will be showcased to Israel next week as Queensland agricultural innovators show the world how to farm.
The technology could one day allow satellites to control cattle and do away with fencing.
Ceres Tag is one of 11 successful Queensland AgTech start- ups visiting Tel Aviv, Israel – a global leader in agricultural innovation – late next week.
Ceres Tag CEO and managing director, David Smith, is planning to market the Ceres Tag commercially in 2019, giving graziers across the globe the opportunity to monitor a beast through the duration of its life.
The Ceres Tag, developed in collaboration with CSIRO, is a solar- powered ear tag that monitors food intake, location, health, and early warning notification of biosecurity breakouts.
Professor Ian Atkinson of James Cook University in Townsville, deeply involved in the tag’s development, says the Ceres has massive ramifications for Australia’s place in the global beef market place.
The ability to provide a customer with a record of an animal’s entire life, including the feed it consumes, dramatically increases its value.
On JCU’s Cairns campus professor Wei Xiang, a Professor in Electronic and Foundation Professor and Head of Discipline of Australia’s first “internet of Things” Engineering course, says the tag also incorporates as yet untapped potential which could create virtual fencing.
“Virtual fencing technology can do away with any physical fence,’’ he said.
Professor Ian Atkinson.