- A Framework for Remote Sensing and Data Analysis Using Fixed and Mobile Sensors in a Combined Sensor Network. Funding body: Melbourne Networked Society Institute. ($60K)
- The Use of Low-cost Infrared Thermography & Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for the Rapid Detection of Plant Water Stress. Funding body: Innovation Seed Fund for Horticulture Development. ($25K)
Drones can zoom in on vines that are suffering in droughts and heat waves, protecting precious grapes from destruction.
By Adele Peters
The Vineyard of the Future and eAustralis Pty Ltd are co-contributors for the development of the Viticopter as research projects for Mechanical Engineer students at The University of Melbourne.
Jeff Hollingworth and Michael Lane for design and construction, Jeff Hollingworth (test-pilot).
eAustralis Pty Ltd for funding co-contribution.