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A PARTNERSHIP between the Ararat Rural City Council and the Victorian Government will lead to an attempt at how smart farming technologies can become even more powerful. Digital Twin Victoria is being tested in Ararat, which will help the area’s farmers track and respond to local weather and climate conditions with greater confidence than ever before. Planning Secretary Richard Wynne said, “It was a great project”. “I think it’s wonderful for the rural town of Ararat,” he said. “I honestly couldn’t think of a better group of people to invest this money in.” READ MORE: Minister Wynne said the benefits for farmers are endless. “As far as the capacity of these digital twins is concerned, it is almost beyond the horizon,” he said. “It’s incredible, it’s an incredibly powerful technology, they (farmers) understand the power of that technology.” They unlock the tremendous potential and efficiency of the agricultural sector. This is fantastic in terms of farming efficiency in general. “To be able to manage agriculture’s weaknesses in much more high-tech ways with some assurance about what it actually looks like … is incredibly powerful.” The technology will enable farmers to create local weather maps with more site-specific details to aid them in planning sowing and harvesting. The technology can also provide a bird’s eye view of paddocks and compare past and current satellite imagery to identify trends or changes and aid ongoing land management. “Coupling the Digital Twin Victoria with existing smart farming technologies is a great opportunity for the agricultural sector, increasing efficiency and informing about decision-making,” said Minister Wynne. “We make sure our farmers have the information they need to plan where to plant and when to harvest – it’s a great thing for an industry that supports so many Victorians.” READ MORE: Ararat farmers will seek to connect existing digital infrastructures on farms, such as weather stations, soil monitoring data, and even tank water levels, to the ever-growing data from Digital Twin Victoria to help farmers interpret and respond to local conditions and manage their land . The chairman of the board of directors of Ararat, Dr. Tim Harrison said the council had had a “very exciting year” on partnerships. “(The council has partnered with a number of people to learn how we can really bring Ararat Rural City into the mid-21st century,” said Dr. Harrison. “This is the icing on the cake. The digital twin project .. is really exciting to us. “It lends itself so well to all of the other work we do.” Ararat Mayor Cr Jo Armstrong said the council was “very excited” about the opportunity. “This is a community that understands its potential and is ready to take this opportunity and apply the technology, “she said.” We will keep putting things into practice, that’s what we are doing. “Cr Armstrong said it was pretty easy to use to operate would be understood by ordinary people, “she said.” It has to be, data has to be useful. “The government invested $ 37.4 million in Digital Twin Victoria and created a digital version of Victoria online. The platform enables R Government, industry and the community work together through a joint network to benefit infrastructure development, agriculture, construction and planning. The program brings together 3D and 4D spatial data, artificial intelligence and sensor data in one user-friendly location in order to virtually visualize and model locations and conditions. Digital Twin Victoria will also be able to help the city council with planning, facility maintenance, tourism and emergency management. You can find more information about the Digital Twin Victoria at: land.vic.gov.au/maps-and-spatial/projects-and-programs/digital-twin-victoria While you are with us, you will now receive updates directly to your inbox from The Ararat Advertiser. Sign up here to ensure you are kept up to date with all the latest news from the Ararat area

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December 22, 2021 – 12:00 p.m.

A PARTNERSHIP between the Ararat Rural City Council and the Victorian Government will lead to an attempt at how smart farming technologies can become even more powerful.

Digital Twin Victoria is being tested in Ararat, which will help the area’s farmers track and respond to local weather and climate conditions with greater confidence than ever before.

Planning Secretary Richard Wynne said, “It was a great project”.

“I think it’s wonderful for the rural town of Ararat,” he said.

“I honestly couldn’t think of a better group of people to invest this money in.”

Minister Wynne said the benefits to farmers are endless.

“As far as the capacity of these digital twins is concerned, it is almost beyond the horizon,” he said.

“It’s amazing, it’s an incredibly powerful technology, they (farmers) understand the power of that technology.

“They unlock the enormous potential and efficiency of the agricultural sector. This is fantastic in terms of farming efficiency in general.

“To be able to manage agriculture’s weaknesses in much more high-tech ways with some assurance about what it actually looks like … is incredibly powerful.”

The technology will enable farmers to create local weather maps with more site-specific details to aid them in planning sowing and harvesting.

The technology can also provide a bird’s eye view of paddocks and compare past and current satellite imagery to identify trends or changes and aid ongoing land management.

“Coupling the Digital Twin Victoria with existing smart farming technologies is a great opportunity for the agricultural sector, increasing efficiency and informing about decision-making,” said Minister Wynne.

“We make sure our farmers have the information they need to plan where to plant and when to harvest – it’s a great thing for an industry that supports so many Victorians.”

Ararat farmers will seek to connect existing digital infrastructure on farms such as weather stations, soil monitoring data and even tank water levels with the ever-growing data from Digital Twin Victoria to help farmers interpret and respond to local conditions and manage their land.

The chairman of the board of directors of Ararat, Dr. Tim Harrison said the council had had a “very exciting year” on partnerships.

“(The council has partnered with a number of people to learn how we can really bring Ararat Rural City into the mid-21st century,” said Dr. Harrison.

“That is the icing on the cake. The Digital Twin .. project is really exciting for us.

“It lends itself so well to all of the other work we do.”

Ararat Mayor Cr Jo Armstrong said the council was “very excited” about the opportunity.

“This is a community that understands its potential and is ready to take this opportunity and apply the technology,” she said.

“We’ll keep moving things, that’s what we do.”

Cr Armstrong said the application was pretty easy to use.

“It will actually be easily understood by ordinary people,” she said.

“It has to be, data has to be useful.”

The government invested $ 37.4 million in Digital Twin Victoria and created a digital version of Victoria online.

The platform enables government, industry and community to work together through a joint network to promote infrastructure development, agriculture, construction and planning.

The program brings together 3D and 4D spatial data, artificial intelligence and sensor data in one user-friendly location in order to virtually visualize and model locations and conditions.

Digital Twin Victoria will also be able to help the city council with planning, facility maintenance, tourism and emergency management.

Further information on the Digital Twin Victoria can be found at: land.vic.gov.au/maps-and-spatial/projects-and-programs/digital-twin-victoria

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