New agribusiness app Onside making significant strides in South Australia

Ryan Higgs, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Onside

An app designed for the agricultural industry launched in South Australia and is transforming the way farmers and growers manage their land, staff and operations. The app, Onside, was developed by New Zealand Agritech startup Onside and has around 35,000 registered users across a variety of agricultural sectors, including wine, fruit and cattle in its home market.

Why did Onside opt for S. Australia as it’s starting point?

Driven by the similarities of the agricultural landscapes, Onside determined South Australia was the most ideal starting point to introduce the app in Australia, offering agribusiness owners and managers a more efficient way to manage their day to day operations.

Onside is a practical solution that provides agribusinesses with networked digital information and functionalities that simplify the complexity of operations, and improve operational efficiency, assist with compliance, revolutionise biosecurity and enhance worker safety.

By integrating checkin and checkout apps, team coordination, task pinpointing, time sheeting, incident logging, disease control and hazard identification in one smartphone app, Onside streamlines complex functions to help save time and money while securing lives.

What is Onside’s market offering?

Onside CoFounder and CEO, Ryan Higgs, understands the challenges of managing rural properties and says Onside is a digital toolkit that revolutionises agribusiness efficiency.

“I experienced firsthand how difficult it was to keep track of who was on our farms, what they were doing, how to get in touch with them and whether they had all the information they required,” commented Mr Higgs recalling how Onside began six years ago.

“What started out as a simple checkin, visitor management and health and safety tool has since evolved into a comprehensive operations app for all rural sectors that cuts down on paperwork and provides real time crucial information on everything that is happening on the property. As the app evolved it became clear that our mission was to transform agriefficiency because an efficient primary production sector is the key to prosperity,” he said.

The platform is designed for the agricultural industry and can be used in all rural sectors, including viticulture, horticulture, agriculture and contracting businesses servicing the rural sector. “South Australia’s diversity was what really attracted us to starting our journey here from grapes, almonds, citrus and other fruit through to cattle and live stock, we look forward to working with producers and simplifying the complexity of operations,” he said.

Large scale vineyards are reaping the benefits of Onside, particularly at busy times of year such as harvest, when there are typically extra staff on the property. The app allows managers to ensure everyone is accounted for, and aware of any hazards. It also allows critical information to be available from the palm of your hand at any time,” he said.

What are the customer’s thoughts on the platform?

Yalumba’s Viticulturist and Technical Manager, Brooke Howell has been using Onside for almost a year to help improve biosecurity efficiencies on the ground at the eight sites she manages in the Barossa and Eden Valley. “The Onside app has provided us with a solution to keep realtime track of everyone on the ground across all our sites,” she commented.

“It captures essential information to ensure the safety of our vines and visitors, particularly when it comes to the spread of Phylloxera which is a major threat to our vines in the Barossa. In the past we’ve had issues with not knowing who was onsite at any one time, which is a significant problem when you’re trying to uphold strict biosecurity protocols.”

“Onside enables us to monitor who comes onto our vineyards, and where they’ve been, with a simple notification to my mobile phone. This has streamlined our biosecurity efficiencies to ensure there’s no threat of contamination, which ultimately helps keep our crops safe.”

“The fact that the app is paperless aligns with Yalumba’s commitment to a sustainable future. At the end of the day, Onside has increased the efficiency of our operation, which not only protects our vineyards but also benefits our bottom line,” Brooke concluded.

The Onside app is adaptable and customisable which has meant it has been able to significantly improve biosecurity and COVID19 management for its clients.