- Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
- Networks & Connectivity - Wireless Local Area Network
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Device Management Platforms
- Process Manufacturing
- Farm Monitoring & Precision Farming
DigiBale, wanted to apply technology know-how and IP from implementations successfully to more agriculture sectors including cotton, forestry, sugarcane and cattle. However, farmers and growers still have worries about the connected technology.
About The Customer
DigiBale, a commercial subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), creates useful and unique solutions to a wide variety of business solutions.
DigiBale took the foundational communications system to create and offer a Farm Automation Starter Kit which includes a gateway, three Digi modules, a subscription to Digi Device Cloud and a smartphone application.
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