The CFA has long been known for its dedication to protecting properties and working hard to keep Australians safe. It was a pleasure and honour being able to work with their principle contractors to build some of their stations.
Like many industrial buildings, the CFA stations are held to strict regulations and requirements that need to be met. This building needed to be flawlessly functional, allowing multiple vehicle access and ease of use.
The CFA stations are almost iconic, especially for those of you who’ve travelled around Australia. It’s a comforting and inspiring moment when you drive into a town you’ve never seen or heard of before and see their CFA headquarters, a proud monument for the town.
Our work with the CFA’s principle contractors was very rewarding, and we’ve since gone back to visit the building. The CFA have installed their regulation alarm system at the top of the apex and they’ve put in regulation floodlights to make the building fully functional.
5 Technologies That Farmers Will Soon Depend On
As technology becomes a larger part of agriculture, what will be changing and which technologies will be integral to modern farming? We take a look:
Drones are becoming more affordable and more advanced by the month, with many companies starting up that cater specifically to agricultural markets. The above drone, for example, is able to scan chlorophyll levels of crops for wine growers.
Agricultural bots, or ‘AgBots’, are being used to automate processes around the farm.
The ladybird AgBot, which is currently only a prototype, moves around crops, detected and exterminates weeds and scans & stores images of crops. It’s able to count flowers and fruit as it passes them. It’s also entirely solar powered.
Telematics allow farmers to keep track of entire fleets of vehicles and machinery in real-time, keeping an eye on fuels levels, malfunction and wear.
Although modern machines are coming out with these functions built in, there are also ‘aftermarket’ solutions that allow farmers to adapt their existing resources.
4. RFID Technology.
RFID tech has long been employed when keeping track of livestock, but the technology is being advanced to other kinds of resources too.
A hay harvester has been developed that tags individual bales of hay, allowing you to keep track of when they were harvest, their moisture levels & their nutrition.
5. High Throughput Plant Phenotyping.
Advances in sensors and scanning technologies is allowing farmers to keep a closer eye on large numbers of plant phenotypes. This means that it becomes much more economical to selectively breed advantageous traits.
There are even companies that are working to create systems that monitor plants and use algorithms to select the best plants for breeding. This allows crops to be improved in a natural way with much more speed than ever before.
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