There’s no other way to say it: Australian farms are enormous. Each farm covers an average of 4,331 hectares — equal to more than 6,000 football pitches stacked next to each other — and the industry covers a whopping 48% of the country’s landmass.
But for all their geographic dominance, the Australian farming industry has long struggled with a fairly rudimentary problem: adquate mobile and internet coverage. Internet antennae are spread sporadically across rural areas, meaning reliable mobile connections are often only found in particular spots throughout the area — impacting on safety, security, and, in some instances, quality of life.
All of which led Daniel Winson to set up Agritech in 2017. His business offers to install solar-powered WiFi repeaters across farms, thereby addressing the fact that “two-thirds of Aussie farmers have problems with mobile coverage”.
The idea has been praised by SparkLabs, which selected it as one of its Cultiv8 startups of the year.
Winson is also Adjunct Associate Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, with a focus on IT projects, and is an expert on Cyber Security. He was the Owner of Rivsec, which specialised in the design, installation and maintenance of IP CCTV surveillance systems, from 2005 to 2018.