QCIF is supporting the development of a pilot smart water monitoring site in Far North Queensland (Mitchell Basin). The networks will be made up of a heterogeneous collection of sensors from different vendors, bound by a common middleware (SAL). This network will allow simultaneous near real-time monitoring of important water stores (vegetation, soil moisture, ground and surface water), rainfall and surface water quality. Remote sensors, wireless communication, database storage and the latest data analysis techniques will all be deployed. Such a monitoring network will become the first experimental deployment in a major water catchment in the Australian tropics.