Optimizing Greenhouse Operations by Seeed & Machinechat

Abstract

Seeed’s IIoT devices – SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors and gateway – that measures and transfers the data of temperature, humidity, moisture and light intensity – and Machinechat’s software platform (JEDI One) collaborated to accelerate development and deployment of various environmental-monitoring scenarios to optimize greenhouse operations.

Partners

Seeed Studio, Digi-Key, Machinechat

For innovators, developers, and system integrators, in order to make an IoT project successful, integration of diverse technologies and development of various data transformation measures are fundamental (Figure 2). In Perception Layer, one first needs to decide if they want to custom-make sensors and component parts by oneself, or buy the sensors available in the market. If one chooses to build one, then they would need in-depth knowledge on multifaceted and specialized areas of technical domains, including but not limited to: hardware engineering, mechanical engineering, firmware development, testing, hardware and communication protocol certifications. Based on this, contemporary IoT developers should be able to handle important elements of concerns relating to IoT deployment:

  • Data privacy, security and control
  • Integration with existing systems and projects
  • Power consumption and range of IoT networks
  • Time and cost of development, and sustainable path to ROI
  • Maintenance and technical support requirements and costs
  • Scalability and expandability of IoT systems

As for Network Layer, LoRa is increasingly becoming the best choice for IoT deployments in industrial and commercial scenarios. Why? Because in comparison to popular sensor communications technologies (like Wifi, Bluetooth, and cellular transmission), LoRa significantly distinguishes itself from them with the following 4 characteristics that they do not possess:

  • Low-power consumption
  • Wide geographic range
  • Lower infrastructure costs
  • Upgraded security

However, you do not need to worry about any complicated deployment processes, because Seeed’s ready-to-use IoT hardware devices and Machinechat’s already-developed software platforms, can help innovators like you to build and disseminate desired projects more rapidly at affordable costs. Indeed, the synergy effects created by Seeed and Machinechat can facilitate developers and system integrators to deploy secure and on-site IoT projects in the matter of days.

Challenge or problem: How to develop an affordable, easy-to-deploy and scalable solution for system integrators to wirelessly and securely monitor environmental conditions across multiple greenhouses (Figure 3)?
Solution: A system integrator used Seeed’s IIoT devices – SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors and gateway – that measures and transfers the data of temperature, humidity, moisture and light intensity from a local server to Machinechat’s software platform (JEDI One) in order to display the integrated data and monitor volatile environmental conditions of the greenhouses (Figure 4). Currently, Seeed and Machinechat are partnering with Digi-Key to distribute the solution globally.
Result: This combination of ready-made hardware and software will enable the clients to: Monitor light, humidity, soil moisture and temperature conditions in real-time and optimize growing conditions in each greenhouse; Use collected chronological data to better determine and manage ideal conditions for plant growth; Optimize water consumption by preventing over-irrigation; Lower overall development and deployment costs; Facilitate developers to focus more on business and user-friendly applications and processes that bring the most benefits to the customer (versus getting bogged down in the “rough first mile” of middleware and application layer development); Deliver local control over data and reduced cloud data processing costs; Improve data privacy, control and security; Easily integrate with existing systems and applications; Reduces complexity and costs of maintenance and support by using hardware that can be readily purchased off the shelf.
Platform(s) Included in Success Story: Machinechat
Device(s) Included in Success Story: These LoRaWAN sensors: 1. Air temperature and humidity 2. Light intensity 3. CO2 4. Barometric pressure 5. Soil moisture and temperature 6. Soil temperature & VWC & EC 7. PAR
Additional Components Included in Success Story: SenseCAP Gateway - LoRaWAN
Industries (Solutions):
Focus: Sub-Metering
Agriculture
Cities & Municipalities
Health & Healthcare
Infrastructure
Energy & Heating
Logistics
Manufacturing
Production
Properties & Buildings
Retail
Security & Safety
Other
Functionality (Devices):
ACCELERATION
AIR HUMIDITY
AIR PARTICLES
AIR PRESSURE
AIR TEMPERATURE
ANALOG INPUT TRANSMITTER
BAROMETRIC PREASSURE
BUTTON / SWITCH
CARBON MONIXIDE
CATTLE TRACKING
CHEMICAL
CO2
COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT
DENDROMETER
DIGITAL INPUT TRANSMITTER
DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE
DISTANCE
DOOR ACTIVITY
ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY
ELECTRICITY METERING
GAS DETECTION
GAS METERING
GYROSCOPE
HUMIDITY
HVAC MONITORING
INCLINOMTETER
INDOOR ENVIRONMENT
INFRARED PYROMETER
IR
LEAF WETNESS
LEAKAGE
LEVEL
LIGHT
LIGHTNING AVERAGE DISTANCE
LIGHTNING STRIKE COUNT
LIQUID LEVEL
MBUS - LoRaWAN BRIDGE
MODBUS - LoRaWAN BRIDGE
MOISTURE
MOTION DETECTION
MOVEMENT
MULTI PURPOSE
NITRIC OXIDE
NITROGEN DIOXIDE
NOISE LEVEL
OCCUPANCY
OPEN / CLOSE
OPTICAL DISOLVED OXYGEN
OPTICAL PULSE COUNTER
OVERFLOW MONITORING
OXYGEN
OZONE
PAR LIGHT
PARKING OCCUPANCY
PARTICULATE MATTER (PM)
PASSAGE DETECTION
PEST CONTROL
pH LEVEL
PHOTOSYNTHETICALLY ACTIVE RADIATION
POSITION / TRACKING / GPS
PRESSURE
PROXIMITY
PULSE COUNTER
RAIN GAUGE
RELATIVE HUMIDITY
RELEASE BUTTON
REMOTE POWER SOCKET
REMOTE RADIATOR CONTROLLER
REMOTE VALVE
SALTINITY
SMOKE DETECTION
SOIL MOISTURE / IRRIGATION
SOIL TEMPERATURE
SOIL VOLUMETRIC WATER CONTENT (VWC)
SOLAR RADIATION
SOUND
STRAIN/WEIGHT
STRUCTURAL LOAD
STRUCTURAL TENSION
SURFACE TEMPERATURE
TEMPERATURE
TILT MONITORING
TURBIDITY
TVOC
VAPOR PRESSURE
VEHICLE COUNTER
VIBRATION
VOC
WASTE MANAGEMENT
WATER FAULT CIRCUIT BREAKER
WATER METERING
WATER TEMPERATURE
WEIGHING SCALE
WIND DIRECTION
WIND GUST
WIND SPEED
WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE
Applicable Environment (Devices):
Indoor
Outdoor
IP Rating (Devices): IP66
Access technology: LoRaWAN
Certified members: Seeed Studio
Contact information: Contact: Andy DH Pan, Email: dahong.pan@seeed.cc
Company website: www.seeed.cc
Listing created Sep 28, 2021

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