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IoT Greenhouse

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Managing a widely distributed network of greenhouses can be a costly endeavor with the constant monitoring and adjusting required to maintain optimum growing conditions. That’s why greenhouse farmers and plant growers are turning to technology to monitor and automate their crops.

As proof of this evolution, a fully internet-connected greenhouse was on display at this year’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF15).

Using an Intel IoT Gateway, the wireless systems turns daily farming data into a more meaningful decision-making. Sensors for temperature, humidity, pH, and luminosity in the greenhouse pass the data to the local Galileo gateway. Galileo transmits data using XBee to an Atom processor-based gateway, and then uploads all the information to the cloud system.

The UI for this sensor network visualizes the data collected and provides a menu to configure the greenhouse’s settings.

Farmer Safety Device

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xbee-farmer-safetyBy Jon Noh

Jon Noh had been working on a wearable device to make work around the farm safer. After hearing about an accident involving a fellow farmer, he sped up development and finished the project. The device is essentially a kill-switch so if a farmer is caught he can immediately turn off the sweep auger and avoid serious injury.

“The sweep auger motor plugs directly into an outlet on the receiving box. This receiving box and transmitter each have an XBee wireless transceiver inside. When the remote control is powered on, the first LED lights up. When the safety cord is connected, the second LED lights up. At this point, the sweep auger is off.

If the start/stop push button is pressed, the XBee radio in the transmitter signals the XBee in the receiving box to turn on the motor starter and power up the sweep auger. If the safety cord is pulled, the sweep auger shuts down. (The start/stop button needs to be pressed again to power it after the safety cord is put back on.) Pressing the start/stop button also stops the auger if it is running.

Read more info on the project here.

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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The Internet of Things is developing and buzzing all around us. Throughout the week we come across innovative projects, brilliant articles and posts that support and feature the innovators and companies that make our business possible. Here’s our list of favorites from this week’s journey on the Web.

Oso Tech. Kickstarter

A Guide to the Internet of Things from Intel

A Surgeon’s Review of Google Glass in the Operating Room on Fast Company

Internet of Things: A Quiet Revolution Gather Pace via IT ProPortal

Urban Agriculture Meet the Internet of Things from Silicon Angle

Sensors and Sensibility from GE’s Industrial Internet Blog

Please tell us in the comments below or Tweet us, @DigiDotCom– we would love to share your findings too. You can also follow all of the commentary and discussion with the hashtag #FridayFavorites.

Apitronics Farm Monitoring System

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By Louis Thiery

Apitronics is a wireless platform that enables farmers to develop sensor networks to meet their specific needs through the use of open hardware. It includes a base station, or “Hive,” that coordinates a swarm of field-ready “Bees” which collect data and control switches. Each Bee contains a solar charger, SD card, GPS headers, XBee headers and water proof plugs. The Hive contains a Linux computer that saves the data locally and provides data within a locally hosted web page. Farmers can even set up triggers so they are alerted if they forget to water, if temperatures get too hot, etc.

You can learn more about how Apitronics works here.

You can watch a video of Apitronics below.

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