GreenSense for Potato Plantation - A case study for Climate Smart Agriculture

GreenSense for Potato Plantations  - Smart Soil sensing 
Introduction - Potato is considered to be king of food staples and there won't be a single day that it is not used in a kitchen. As per Wikipedia most of the potato production happen in EU and Asia continent but China is the largest producer with 99.1 million tones followed by EU and India. Below is a image showing geographical distribution of potatoes production. 
In India the top most potato producing states are Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujrat and Madhya Pradesh. Below is a image depicting the production of pototes in different parts of India. 

Sensing is required thought out the whole eco-system of potato starting from  growing of seeds, storage of seeds in cold storage ( if not stored in proper conditions, it can destroy all the seeds ). during the transport of seeds to plantation area,during the growth of potato in the field and during the storage of potato in cold storage before processing. In this blog, we wil…

GreenSense for Vineyards - A case study for Climate Smart Agriculture

GreenSense for Vineyards - Downy Mildew Prediction for Grape
Introduction - As per FAO 75,866 square kilometer of world is under grapes production with Spain leading in term of area under production for wine making. Mainly grapes are of two type - Table Grape and Wine grape. Out of 10,000 type of only 1300 are used for Wine. While the grapes which are used for wine or juice production, or for drying into raisins making don't care much about how grape is looking but the table grapes are intended for consumption while fresh which are exported and used to eat, the look of the grapes matter much. 
India is also among the top 20 countries in production of grapes. As per APEDA, currently grapes is cultivated in an area of 123 thousand hectares occupying 2.01 % of the total area and has exported 334.79 Million USD worth of grapes. In India Garpes are majoryly grown in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana,Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and the north-western region covering Punjab, …

Smart Sensing for Greenhouse using Yuktix GreenSense

Smart Sensing for Greenhouse 

Sensing play a important role in Farming, be it open field or closed environment like Greenhouse or Poly-house. You can read more about application of smart sensing in Agriculture in these blogs ( Part 1 and Part 2 ) and a whitepaper which we have published. Smart Sensing is application of sensors to measure the environmental variables like weather, soil, water which impact the activities during pre and post harvest in order to improve the productivity, production and reduce loss. While in open field agriculture, you cannot control the weather but only can take preventive measure, in a closed environment agriculture like Greenhouse, Poly-house you control the environment and make is suitable for the growth of plant like altering the temperature, humidity, soil moisture, CO2 content, Lux. Previously we have published couple of articles regarding how 
What can be sensed in a Greenhouse i.e. environmental variables which impact the plant growth.How sensors ca…

Kanpur Air Quality Analysis using Yuktix Monitor and ankiDB ™ Software

Access to clean water and air should be our right as citizens. You can buy bottled water but you cannot buy pure air. Bad air is a health tax the society is forced to pay. (There was a Canadian company selling mountain air during Beijing crisis though!). The green activism around air quality suffers on two counts
The problem that we have no data The problem that raw data is not action plan.
We touched upon the first problem in a separate blog where we talked about the density of stations, improving coverage for a city and developing hybrid network models where sensors can be deployed in large numbers. Here we want to talk about the second problem, namely what to do with the air quality data.

Kanpur is a city in North India that is synonymous with pollution. It used to be an industrial town and is famous for  leather tanneries.  Unfortunately there are few checks and balances in government and society re. the pollution. One drive along the stretch of Ganges near Unnao can convince …

From Sensors to cloud - Digitizing Agriculture Research

"How do you get data for experiments"? I asked this question to one of the scientist working in an Agriculture institute. We do measurements twice a day, morning 8'0 clock and afternoon 2 pm, pat came the reply. Two data points for temperature and humidity. Wind speed is a counter and wind direction is inspected manually. This same data is used by researchers developing predictive models at their center. Then I made a suggestion. what if we automate the data collection process for not just above 4 variables but 10 and increase the data points to 300 per day? Now it was his turn to get excited. "It would be awesome! I can then focus more on developing models. I can as well do better modeling."

This conversation fits the same pattern whenever I talk to researchers. The reasons can be easy to see. Recently, we came in touch with one of the scientists working in the environmental science field at Kerala University, Trivandrum. After our discussions, the requirem…

Yuktix is winner of India Israel Innovation Challenge

Results of Government of India StartupIndia innitiativeIndia-Isreal Innovation challenege are out. Read more at this link. Yuktix Smart Sensing solution for post harvest i.e. ColdSense was selected as one of the innovative and affordable solution for reducing post harvest losses.  
In our previous blog, we talked about Yuktix Warehouse and Coldchain monitoring solution . As per GOI of the harvest and post harvest losses run to tune of loss of INR 92,651 crore (> 14 Billion dollars) and most of the post harvest loss happen due to lack of monitoring infrastructure.  
Yuktix is creating an affordable ICT system for 24x7 monitoring of environment conditions that together with computation models for different crops can provide actionable data to reduce waste, improve quality and resource utilization, cut losses thereby boosting the income.

The affordable next generation sensing systems we are creating can impact millions of lives who are dependent on agriculture. The idea of battery power…

Yuktix Technologies - Blockchain Technologies - One of the first member of DataBrokerDAO.

Yuktix Technologies is working with DataBroker DAO that is using Blockchain Technologies to record and maintain usage of sensor data. The current discussions of smart cities assume an array of sensors deployed at a granular level. To do the smart things and derive the benefits of data driven decisions, we need a large number of sensors. It is heartening to see then an attempt to invent a unique ownership model for sensors deployment.

There has to be a revenue model in place to power the sensor deployments. That is especially needed for use cases that today are not readily identifiable but incur a huge social cost. Air pollution is one such example. One way is to assume that municipalities and local government would do it. However what if we can create an ownership model where the society can participate and benefit as well?
What if we paid people owning the sensors every time their data was used? That should encourage the people to install and own sensors. However the biggest issue…