Author: Julie Lacy

Aglive is delighted to be selected as one of 15 Victorian startups, winning the opportunity to participate in a unique two-day program, as part of the Nexus Summit in Nanjing, China to be held in May.

The event, as organised by Runway HQ in partnership with the City of Melbourne, gives winners the opportunity to attend the Future City Hackathon, Mayors and Investors Forums and Victoria-Jiangsu 40th Anniversary (of Melbourne’s sister-city arrangement) Gala Dinner.

Aglive will participant in this business and networking event which includes a ‘pitch’ session to Chinese venture capitalists.

The Geelong Advertiser published the following news article:

“Founders of Aglive, involving a paddock-to-plate food production tracking system, and Breezy Dine, a no-wait-to-eat booking platform for diners, will be part of a Victorian delegation of 15 start-ups going to the summit in May.

Aglive and Breezy Dine were selected to attend by jointly winning a pitch event at Runway Geelong on Friday.

In addition to return flights and accommodation, the trip opens the door to Chinese investors and industry leads.

Runway also facilitated three other regional Victorian start-ups to be part of the delegation to Nanjing, with the trip supported by the City of Melbourne.

The Geelong-founded Aglive has developed software that collates compliance paperwork for food growers, processors and exporters into a single source of digitised information that can be tracked to prove provenance.

The start-up’s industry development lead, Achalen Holmes, told the pitching event that the platform provided whole-of-life traceability, which was important for customers.

Mr Holmes said Aglive had a number of customers who wanted to export to China but the company needed contacts at the other end of the food chain to use the platform.

“We are looking for leads into end-users,” he said.

“People who are looking for electronic data to show customers that what they are selling is what they say it is.”

Story Geelong Advertiser

Aglive extends its thanks and gratitude to the organisers and judging panel, and is looking forward to developing networks and opportunities in the Asian region.

Repost of article as published on the Gov.uk news website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-welcomes-tech-rocketship-award-winners-from-australia

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has brought 10 leading Australian technology companies to the UK selected from almost 200 scale-ups who vied for a place on the UK Tech Rocketship Awards programme.

All participants plan to take advantage of the rapidly growing UK tech eco-system to grow their business and establish a presence in the UK.

Tonight (Tuesday 19 February) Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Natalie Black and Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to the UK, David Watson, officially welcomed the delegation to the UK at a reception at Australia House in London.

The reception, hosted by the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, attracted over 100 senior business and industry leaders from the London tech and investor community.

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific, Natalie Black said:

I am delighted to be back in London this week to personally welcome our Tech Rocketship Award cohort from Australia.

The UK has one of the most vibrant and innovative tech ecosystems in the world backed by our industrial and digital strategies. With more VC investment and unicorns than anywhere else in Europe – it’s the natural next step for ambitious Australian and New Zealand tech companies.

We are very excited to be supporting our Tech Rocketship winners and we look forward to their UK success.

Australian High Commissioner to the UK, George Brandis said:

I am delighted that we could host the Tech Rocketship Award Winners at Australia House this evening. This delegation further strengthens the excellent bilateral technology relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom and demonstrates the world-leading quality of Australian innovation and entrepreneurship.

For many of Australia’s leading technology firms, the United Kingdom is a natural next step. Our shared culture and regulatory alignment mean that although the geographic distance may be large, our 2 countries remain neighbours in trade and innovation.

Australia’s continued economic growth provides an excellent launch-pad for UK technology firms thinking about expansion into the Asia-Pacific, and tonight’s reception also highlights the opportunities for investment for our British guests.

The companies will spend their time in London on a tailored programme of meetings, networking events and workshops aimed at accelerating their UK expansion plans.

The Tech Rocketship Award winners are:

Digital Economy and Security: QuintessenceLabs
Tech for an Ageing Society: PainChek
The AI and Data Revolution: Faethm
The Future of Mobility: Myriota
Clean Growth: carbonTRACK
Feeding the Nation: Yume
Connected Consumers and Creativity: Desygner
GREAT Tech for Change Award: Mentorloop
Special Judges Award: Blamey Saunders Hears
Joining the delegation is the ‘Feeding the Nation’ category runner-up, Aglive, who is attending in place of winner Yume, and Tech 23 winner, Daisee.

The UK Tech Rocketship Awards are sponsored by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton who are also committed to strengthening the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the UK and Australia.

Having announced the winners of the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) Rocketship awards in December, Aglive was delighted to receive an invitation to attend the Tech Rocketship UK tour in February.

The Tech Rocketship Awards were open to established scale-ups founded on innovative technology-led solutions, across a wide range of industries who are ready to go global. Companies were selected from a competitive field of 197 entries to secure a highly sought-after place on the Tech Rocketship programme. Aglive was invited as a participant in the “Feeding the Nation” category.

The UK tour kick-off this week with series of meetings, networking events and workshops aimed at showcasing the UK’s offerings for Australian and New Zealand businesses.

Michael Ward, British Consul General and Director General, Department for International Trade (DIT), Australia and New Zealand said:

‘I am absolutely delighted at the response to our Tech Rocketship Awards and the exceptionally high calibre of entries. It is fantastic to see so many innovative Australian and New Zealand companies delivering leading-edge technologies.

I’d like to congratulate the participates on being selected. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain access to the fifth largest economy in the world and a thriving tech community and we are excited to welcome them to the UK.’

Natalie Black, UK Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, said:

‘I am delighted to be back in London this week to personally welcome our Tech Rocketship Award cohort from Australia.

The UK has one of the most vibrant and innovative tech ecosystems in the world backed by our Industrial & Digital strategies. With more VC investment and unicorns than anywhere else in Europe – it’s the natural next step for ambitious Australian and New Zealand tech companies.

We are very excited to be supporting our Tech Rocketship winners and we look forward to their UK success.’

Aglive’s Chief Executive Officer, Matt Burgess said:

‘Aglive is thrilled to be part of the Rocketship Awards Programme, and is looking forward to participating in the planned business activities which will help us navigate the UK market opportunities.

As a company, we’ve made a number of trips to the UK to identify opportunities for our Livestock Traceability solution and our Provenance solution, recently establishing a UK subsidiary company. The UK DIT Rocketship programme gives us access to people, expertise and networks that will allow us to leverage and build on our presence for the future.

We thank the UK Department of International Trade and the Rocketship award sponsors for our inclusion in this event.

More information about the Rocketship Awards Programme can be found:
https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/anzuktechrocketship18/about/

 

About Aglive
Aglive is a specialist software supplier who use technology to provide digital tools that strengthen the connection between farming and food. We build integrity across the entire supply chain by providing evidence-based tracking and authentication-enabled applications that deliver integrity and confidence to consumers and the industry.

At Aglive, we recognise that consumers want to know more about the quality and history of the food they buy. Providing this data demands a new approach from the agriculture industry to ensure farming, processing and biosecurity management is data-driven and provides insights and benefits that enable better decision making, streamlines day to day operations, and improved returns for industry and consumers.

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NAB’s Agribusiness team published the following article regarding Aglive’s real-time provenance app

https://business.nab.com.au/real-time-produce-provenance-theres-an-app-for-that-17838/

Aglive has developed a unique digital traceability platform to connect farm to food and unlock the value of food safety compliance for farmers.

Paul Ryan, CEO of Aglive, explains how the agricultural management system allows red meat and other farm produce industry data to be accurately tracked from the farm right through to the end consumer, offering traceability benefits and re-affirming the connection between farm and food.

Aglive’s story began in 2011, when Paul Ryan and his co-founders, Greg Bryant, Chris Carr and Valerio Zanotto, set up Austracker GPS, a GPS asset tracking business designed to track vehicles.

When they took the business out to regional and rural Australia, they realised that the technology could have other applications.

“Talking to farmers and industry we realised there was a big need to use that technology on farms to track the ‘product’ [livestock] in its raw state,” says Ryan, who is now the CEO of Aglive.

Once they had the idea to create a digital tracking system for livestock, it was a matter of finding someone to build it. As Ryan is quite prepared to admit, he and his co-founders are ‘not technical people’. So they hired an expert from a top-tier software company with experience building industrial systems to the robustness required for the food industry.

At almost the same time, they had discussions with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), who had also identified the gaps in the industry. While consumers live in a digital world, some farmers are still in a paper world, which was making it harder to respond to changing export market requirements for red meat products.

Putting food safety first
Living in Australia, it’s easy to take for granted that our red meat is safe, but in export markets, especially in Asia, people are increasingly concerned about food safety and bio-security.

According to Ryan, “there’s a lot of angst and uncertainty, especially in countries whose food safety laws aren’t as strong as Australia’s. Consumers want to know their food is of high quality, safe and traceable. That data is all on the farm because we’re really good farmers, and very efficient and safety-conscious, but we haven’t been able to share that data.”

MLA was looking for partners to help develop a proof of concept to digitise the National Vendor Declaration. For Aglive, this meant creating a digitised National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) on a mobile app and building a database integrated to the National Livestock Identification System. The eNVD software needed to be compliant with SAFEMEAT’s eNVD business rules and data standards to validate ‘on farm’ food safety.

“We have been operating the Aglive eNVD app in the live production environment under a trial license agreement from MLA,” Ryan says. “The trial phase has now been completed successfully, and MLA’s recommended steps to proceed to the industry rollout phase have been supported by SAFEMEAT. We expect to have a full license to roll out the eNVD app industry wide within the next two months. In the meantime, MLA has given us permission to continue operating the eNVD software under a trial license allowing farmers to continue to use the app in the live production environment and transition to commercial terms once the full license is issued.”

The digital industry standard
Ryan expects the eNVD to become the digital industry standard for the red meat industry but acknowledges there are challenges with taking the technology out to farmers.

“There are some issues around connectivity in the bush,” he says. “The NBN rollout isn’t 100 per cent finished so some farmers don’t have very good coverage. We’ve built the software with a ‘store and send’ function so that if they’re out of range they can still operate the mobile app and when they’re back in range the data syncs up to the cloud.”

Another challenge is that farming tends to be a conservative industry.

“There’s those at the top pushing for digital; then there’s those doing it the way their grandfathers did it,” Ryan says. “There is a new generation coming through now, who have been to agricultural colleges and used technology all through their education. They expect to use the same tools when they come back to the farm. And increasingly they are coming back to the farm because there’s money in farming now, with current prices and the outlook.”

Essentially, Aglive re-establishes the connection between farm and food, a connection that has been disrupted by the fragmentation of the supply chain and the lack of a system to bring it all together.

“It’s unlocking the potential of real-time provenance,” Ryan says. “That’s what we’ve solved, partly in collaboration with MLA via their co-funding of the eNVD component.”

To explain what an eNVD is we must first go back a few steps.

The meat and livestock sector in Australia is one of the most highly regulated in the world. From live export, animal welfare, health statements, and traceability.

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) are the main governing body for the red meat industry in Australia, and under this sits a regulatory scheme called the National Livestock Integrity System (NLIS). The NLIS ensures that the entire red meat supply chain is following strict guidelines to buy, sell and process meat for consumption. Read on to understand what an eNVD is.

Everything is scrutinised across the red meat supply chain before it ends up on our plates, and this is a good thing for the end consumer. As a result, there is a lot of compliance that needs to be done, to sell red meat for consumption.

One of the main pieces of compliance required to sell red meat is called a National Vendor Declaration (NVD).

Historically, much of this compliance has been done on paper. We’re talking books with duplicates, a pen and lots of filing.

So what is an eNVD?

eNVD stands for electronic National Vendor Declaration. An eNVD is an electronic version of the current paper National Vendor Declaration document.

It looks like this:

Lamb eNVD

This means you can now complete all that paperwork, without paper and pen, on a smartphone or PC. It is compliant with NLIS standards and removes the need to manually fill out by hand, every time you want to sell livestock. Not to mention the filing and storage for years to come. That’s a lot of room saved in the office!

With traditional NVDs, all your livestock data gets captured in the MLA NLIS database. Which is great, but you can’t do anything with that data, such as run reports, create charts or map the data to transform it into real, meaningful intelligence for your farm.

Take me there. How do I do an eNVD?

Aglive pioneered the digitised eNVD.

We want to make compliance easier for producers and give them the ability to access their own farm and livestock data and turn it into a business management tool. This will facilitate better planning, reporting, and profitability.

In order to complete an eNVD you need to get a few things sorted first:

  1. A PIC number
  2. NLIS username and Password.

Once you have this information, it is really easy.

You just need to choose the eNVD system you would like to use. Aglive offers producers a eNVD tool on smartphones and PC for mob based movements.

Learn more about Aglive’s eNVD software

Once you are set up on the Aglive system, fill out the form. It will ask you questions about your livestock history, and a signature area where you confirm that everything you are saying is true and correct.

The eNVD will also have sections for the people responsible for the livestock while they are being transported and a section for Agents.

You can check out the details on how to fill out an eNVD for different types of livestock here: cattlebobby calvesEU cattlegoats, and sheep and lambs.

The eNVD is the easy way to go for livestock compliance.

Key takeways

  • An eNVD is a digital version of a NVD where all the data is entered via a PC or smartphone and captured in a database in the cloud.
  • The NLIS is the certification scheme used to regulate the sale and movement of red meat through the supply chain.

If you have any further questions on what an eNVD is, please contact us. We are here to help.