The creators of a rural visitor management system say the intelligence it collects has the potential to contain the spread of major biosecurity threats.
OnSide is a smartphone-based app which 5000 kiwis, including over 2000 rural property owners are using to manage visitors and risks.
The app’s simple two-click visitor sign-in system is one of the key reasons people from across the rural sector have subscribed. Users include more than half of the commercial poultry producers in Canterbury, major kiwifruit orchard operators in Bay of Plenty and contractors and trucking firms across the country.
OnSide Chief executive Ryan Higgs says as the primary sector was grappling with major incursions such as velvet leaf and mycoplasma bovis, the OnSide team was collecting more and more visitor data through its subscribers.
In late 2017 US-based kiwi economist and mathematician Dr Hautahi Kingi used OnSide’s visitor data to build a network model ‘OnSide Intelligence’.
Farms and orchards within New Zealand are interconnected by a network of people and vehicle movements. Dr. Kingi was able to apply network algorithms to OnSide’s data that provides capability to monitor the spread and locate the source of a nationwide pest or disease incursion, and to identify strategically important farms for monitoring purposes.
Ryan Higgs says primary sector businesses are showing strong interest in OnSide Intelligence.
“What we are most excited about is providing commercial businesses that need to be on the front foot with biosecurity with the capability to strategically select properties to monitor in their own networks. That way if an incursion occurs, the response can be lightening quick. The potential cost savings are enormous.”
There are over 40 million visits to rural properties every year and the average property is exposed to over 10 other properties every day.
Higgs says the app can also be used out of cellphone range.
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Posted by Ryan Higgs
Ryan has a science and farming background and has held various innovation roles in the dairy sector. Ryan’s interest is in developing a practical tool that makes rural health and safety management easy.LinkedIn