This technology features a smart wireless sensor for hydroponics monitoring. Clean eating is gaining traction due to the consumers becoming more health conscious increasingly. This makes hydroponics popular because crops are grown hydroponically in nutrient solution without using soil, eliminating the use of herbicides and pesticides. In order to increase the productivity of hydroponics, various factors such as temperature, humidity, nutrient solution, water level, EC (electric conductivity) and pH have to be considered.
Farmers currently control these factors through expensive tools which may require experts to install sensors for the whole system, resulting in spending large amount of capital and electricity to manage. Thus, a smart wireless sensor system for hydroponics monitoring is developed. The sensors can control the various factors that affect the growth of vegetables automatically. They can be installed easily and come with rechargeable batteries. Moreover, this system can monitor and highlight historical sensor data. These captured sensor data can be automatically processed to provide optimised solution for nutrients and water consumption appropriate for the planting area environment. The sensors help hydroponics farmers reduce the manpower required and increase productivity and quality of the crops.
Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages
The data captured by smart wireless sensors for hydroponics monitoring can be accessed via web and mobile application when they are connected by Wi-Fi. The monitoring system can monitor and control the factors that affect the growth of vegetables automatically, such as temperature, humidity, nutrient solution, water level, EC (electric conductivity and pH suitable for each plant.
The sensor is designed to install manually and comes with rechargeable batteries, saving on waiting time, manpower to install and installation costs. Moreover, this system can monitor and highlight historical sensor data. The sensor data can be automatically processed to provide optimised solution for nutrients and water consumption appropriate for the planting area environment. The sensor can also alert the farmers in the event of power outage.
The potential application areas are:
- Hydroponics monitoring and controlling to improve quality and productivity of crops. Farmers can easily start to use the sensor by connecting it with the wi-fi via mobile and web application. Afterwards, they can monitor, get report, and control the sensors.
- Optimizing solution for nutrients and water consumption via sensor data
The sensors can control the factors that affect the growth of hydroponics automatically. This result in lesser energy and labour required, higher quality crop, and increase in productivity. These sensors can be installed easily and also come with rechargeable batteries; thus, they save time, technician, and installation costs.