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Environmental Monitoring at
The Quoin, Tasmania.

Using IoT to support natural capital regeneration

The Quoin Tasmania

BACKGROUND

The Quoin is a private property in the Tasmanian Midlands that operates with a very clear mission - to regenerate damaged ecosystems and protect vital biodiversity. In doing so, The Quoin strives to validate nature-positive business models that build and protect natural capital, instead of degrading it. Aside from being a place for experimentation and learning, the Quoin is also a meeting place for landowners, farmers, First Peoples, scientists and technologists. The focus on collaboration is part of The Quoin's mission to share their learnings so they can be replicated and reimaged around the world.

The property spans 5,000 hectares in size and is the home to three endangered animals and three critically endangered ecological communities, old-growth trees and native grasslands. Efforts to better understand the landscape have led The Quoin to experiment with different technologies to help them monitor the varied and dispersed regions and ecosystems across the property.  Indicium is proud to be one of the technological partners supporting these efforts.

The Quoin Tasmania

DATA REQUIREMENTS

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Property managers need real-time data relating to weather conditions, soil and fuel moisture levels, and bushfire risk - which will inform safe and effective land management practices

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The solution needs to store data for historical analysis, visualising data in a way that enables comparison across different sites on the property

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Given the wide range of technology devices deployed across the property, the solution needed to seamlessly incorporate a diverse array of IoT sensors and devices to monitor various environmental metrics across the property.

Automatic alerting of key stakeholders using the three ascending flood advice levels used by the Australian Warning System

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SOLUTION

To support The Quoin in gaining a holistic understanding of their property, Indicium deployed a sensor network to monitor environmental conditions and manage resources more effectively.  Data from these devices are sent over Indicium's LoRaWAN network, enabled on the property via the installation of three LoRaWAN gateways with a communication range of 10kms.

The monitoring goals on the property were grouped into two categories - localised weather/environmental monitoring, and fire risk and detection. To collect environmental monitoring data, a sensor bundle including a weather station and soil moisture sensor have been installed together. These devices provide real-time data on temperature, humidity, rainfall, and wind direction, along with the moisture and temperature levels in the soil.

To monitor bushfire risk, atmospheric CO2 sensors and fuel moisture sensors have been installed, generating real-time data to help predict the likelihood and severity of bushfires at key points on the property.

Weather station on The Quoin
Weather station on The Quoin
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IN-SITU IOT DEVICES

LORAWAN GATEWAY

INDICIUM STACK

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The Quoin Tasmania

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING  BENEFITS

The solution enables informed decision-making by providing real-time data on environmental conditions, creating efficiencies in ongoing monitoring across the property.

ENHANCED PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH

The combination of atmospheric and fuel moisture data will help forecast bushfire likelihood and severity, enabling The Quoin to make decisions to best mitigate the risk of bushfire on the property's ecosystems and inhabitants.

PREDICTION OF BUSHFIRE RISK

The data collected will enable The Quoin to make targeted interventions, such as watering plants based on soil moisture levels.

IMPROVED EFFICIENCIES IN RESOURCE ALLOCATION

The data collected will help in understanding the impact of weather on flora and fauna on the property.

IMPROVED ECOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING

The storage of data will support long-term environmental management through enabling pattern matching and predictive modelling.

PREDICTIVE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING

Using the INDICIUM Stack, the solution is capable of integrating data from other technologies deployed on the property.

EASILY SCALABLE

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