Advanced Sensors Set to Transform Tasmania

Media Release

FN040/2017

17 March 2017

Joint release with:

David Bushby

Liberal Senator for Tasmania
Chief Government Whip in the Senate

  • New Sense-T manufacturing facility open for business.
  • Sense-T project will deliver real-time data on agriculture, tourism, health, infrastructure, freight and logistics.
  • The Coalition Government invested $13 million through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.

The Coalition Government has worked closely with the University of Tasmania to deliver the first Advanced Sensor Manufacturing Facility of its kind in Australia.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new Sense-T facility would provide commercial solutions that will help Tasmanian businesses and industries.

“The Sense-T project is creating the world's first economy-wide intelligent sensor network to provide up-to-date, real-time information to businesses, governments and communities,” Minister Nash said.

“It's great that better business outcomes can be achieved by having access to information in real time.

“It is inspiring to see an idea like sensor technology take shape in Tasmania and develop into a facility delivering results that will be watched around the world.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, David Bushby, joined the community at the opening of the facility.

Senator Bushby welcomed the announcement saying “this is an important project for Tasmania, again highlighting the numerous high-tech, niche initiatives occurring in our State”.

“The Sense-T facility moves important work out of the lab and, in the instance of farmers, through new technology and data collection, allows them to better understand environmental patterns so they can increase production yields. This is ground breaking research with a practical application that is assisting local Tasmanian businesses,” Senator Bushby explained.

Senator Bushby said “this innovative technology will deliver commercial solutions that help Australian industries be more competitive, efficient and sustainable—a nation leading project, happening right here in Tasmania”.

“This is great news for Tasmania and I am proud to be a part of the delivery of this facility to our State,” Senator Bushby concluded.

The Advanced Sensor Manufacturing Facility project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($13,000,000), and the University of Tasmania ($950,000) and is expected to see the creation of eight new jobs.

For more information on Sense-T see: www.sense-t.org.au/