Local business automed, which provides farmers with a unique system for delivering medication to livestock, has won big at the national iAwards. The iAwards honour Australian innovators in Information and Communication Technologies for their achievements and positive impact on the community.
Automed took out three awards, for Mobility Innovation of the Year, Industrial and Primary Industries, and Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year. It’s not only a first for a Canberra business, but the first time a company has ever taken out so many awards in a single year.
CEO and founder David Edwards says, “Since the awards, we have been inundated with support from the agriculture community, as well as the Canberra community. Even iAwards officials have been in touch to congratulate us on the technology and tell us how impressed they were.”
Automed offers those in the farming industry the ability to safely, ethically and easily deliver correct levels of medication to livestock. The platform includes an applicator that self-adjusts to deliver the exact amount of medication required (based on the weight of the animal), as well as software that taps into pharmaceutical databases to ensure a correct dosage. A mobile app also records every administered dose, and synchronises with other forms of farming software.
“It’s an incredibly effective system,” says David. “Importantly, it saves our farmers time and money, by helping them administer the right amount of medication for every animal, thereby avoiding over-medicating and wastage.”
The company is currently expanding its operations nationwide and overseas.
Photo: David Edwards and Samira Davoodi at the iAwards