Biosecurity information systems have traditionally been the domain of governments. Now most states use the award-winning Victorian MAX system. However, as biosecurity is recognised as a shared responsibility, industries, other levels of government and the public need to be brought into the surveillance picture. A Konect system can be shared by multiple users to give a Common Operating Picture. Konect offers a first-class information system for biosecurity operations that is complementary to MAX. This is needed for surveillance to become consistent with the modern view of the shared responsibility for biosecurity.
A good example of use in multiple agencies is the Pest and Weed platform, Pest Central. A system can be configured rapidly by users for a new operation, and it is quickly scalable. Konect gives the opportunity for industries to participate in biosecurity surveillance, for their own purposes and to share.
The model AgKonect system for mango industry biosecurity will feed data to the AUSPestCheck surveillance virtual coordination centre run by Plant Health Australia. This system will be offered to all plant industries.
The uses for an industry biosecurity information system include:
- Monitoring for pest freedom of an area or farm, for market access
- Electronic certification assurance for regulatory or industry programs, including export
- Industry participation in emergency response and eradication programs
- Contribution of industry data to the Common Operating Picture.