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Consilium Technology Delivers Australia’s National Vineyard Scan

Sarah Hibbard 12 Jun 2019 2 minute read
Consilium Technology Delivers Australia’s National Vineyard Scan

In a world first, Consilium Technology’s revolutionary AgTech product has identified and mapped all of Australia’s vineyards using AI and satellite imagery.

Consilium Technology partnered with Wine Australia in August 2018 to deliver a technical solution for resuming Australia’s National Census of Vineyards. The National Vineyard Scan 2018 results were released by Wine Australia this week.

Adelaide’s leading Artificial Intelligence company, Consilium Technology, developed technology to revolutionise how the wine industry collects and analyses its national vineyard data. Using machine learning algorithms, the technology automatically scans high-resolution satellite images of Australia’s wine regions to identify exactly where the vineyards are located and how many vine rows are planted.

The scan is the first of its kind in the world and replaces the old Australian Bureau of Statistics paper-based sector survey, last reported in 2015. With high accuracy, Consilium Technology has revealed there are 146,128 hectares under vine across Australia’s 65 wine regions. For the first time, Australia’s grape and wine sector know the locations of these plantings. This information is crucial for emergency biosecurity responses, as well as regulating wine labelling requirements based on where the grapes are grown.

Consilium Technology CEO, Seth Thuraisingham, recognises that South Australia’s rich ecosystem has provided optimal conditions for the company to explore new opportunities and develop innovative solutions.

Seth Thuraisingham

Seth Thuraisingham (CEO, Consilium Technology)

South Australia’s amazing ecosystem has provided the core foundation for Consilium Technology’s success. We’ve been able to leverage South Australia’s leading-edge capability — transferring technology know-how from Defence and University and combining it with Agriculture to create something truly unique.

As a scalable and automated solution, the AgTech product has already successfully demonstrated additional value-creation compared to previous data collection methods. For instance, it has also measured vine row length, making it possible to assess planting densities by GI region and sub-region for the first time.

In addition to mapping vineyard locations across Australia, the technology can provide growers with automated crop health monitoring services. Consilium Technology will launch a Public Beta at the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) next month —  empowering grape growers across Australia to make informed decisions using the products valuable crop health information and actionable insights.

Consilium Technology is committed to building a leading-edge capability in South Australia and helping organisations make better decisions. The company will conduct the National Vineyard Scan for 2019 and 2020, and is already exploring opportunities to take product to international markets.

Consilium Technology would like to thank its partners – Wine Australia, Maxar Technologies  and University of South Australia – for their continued support, and acknowledge that the technology is supported by funding from Wine Australia.

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