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.