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…

Digitising Indian Agriculture - ICT / IOT role in Agriculture - Part 2

ICT / IOT role in Indian Agriculture - Part 2 Some more applications
We talked about how data alone is not going to help and we need analytics on top of the data to get actionable intelligence in our previous blog. We saw two applications of IOT / ICT , namely micro weather station and Greenhouse monitoring.

We are going to talk more applications of IOT / ICT in agriculture. So continuing from where we left

3. Warehouse and Cold chain monitoring The definition of a cold-chain is "A cold chain is uninterrupted series of storage,
production, logistic and transport while maintaining a desired low temperature range which is necessary to preserve and maintain the shelf life of products like agriculture produce, sea food, frozen food, pharmaceutical products and medicine, chemicals and other products which if not preserved using cooling will get deteriorate from their quality standards".

A large part of agriculture produce is stored to meet future demand and to keep it safe from changing…

Digitising Indian Agriculture - ICT / IOT role in Agriculture - Part 1

 ICT / IOT role in Indian Agriculture

In our past blogs, we shared information on how Yuktix is playing its role in Digitisation of Indian Agriculture institutes (Here is the link to the blog). We in Yuktix come across lot of enquiries about how IOT / ICT can  play a important role in India Agriculture keeping in mind the harsh economics realities ( 80% of rural house hold have marginal landholdings of 1 hectare and just 7% hold more than 2 hectare which lead to low quarterly revenue and thus low investment in technology - Source). 

I thought, it will be nice to write a blog on different applications of IOT / ICT in Agriculture and how it can make a difference. The rural-urban split of population in India is 68.84% and 31.16% and the level of urbanisation has increased from 27.81% (2001) to 31.16% (2011) which is further expected to increase in incoming years (interesting to note that the growth rate from 2001 to 2011 is less than 1991 to 2001 - Source). 

This incoming urbanisation and p…