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Vertical Farm and mini greenhouses: the IoT to cultivate in the city

newyorkFrom the United States to Japan via Europe, the world is preparing for the population explosion that in 2050, according to latest estimates, will reach nearly 10 billion people. What is the biggest challenge? Produce enough food. As? With the IoT (Internet of Things), and its interconnected system of wireless sensors and actuator, applied to agriculture that allows to reduce and recycle the resources and automate processes with further cost reduction.

There was talk for a long time of a sustainable use of resources, such as water and land, increasingly necessary also because of the changes underway:

  • drought
  • desertification
  • groundwater depletion
  • impoverishment of the soil for intensive cultivation
  • reduction in the area for building development

They are big problems of the agricultural sector, to which must be added the use of pesticides and fertilizers that contaminate the environment and have generated over time doubts about the goodness of the final product. What do we eat today? and above all, what will we eat tomorrow?

The technology of the Internet of Things (IoT) is providing solutions for agriculture for even cultivating in the city, reducing waste and pollution. Among them: the Vertical Farm, large greenhouses on several floors of the acquaponics type (where the fish are introduced into the production cycle as fertilizer producers) or hydroponic (soilless).

The Vertical Farms are designed to supply large cities – where the majority of the population probably will live – in order to reduce waste and CO2 emissions (production at zero km, or nearly so), ensure fresh and genuine veggies every day and limit, if not eliminate, the use of pesticides.

An early example of Vertical Farm, in Chicago: 8,361-sq m that serves more than 200 clients including the distribution chain Whole Foods, famous for the excellence of its products.

Then Newark with 6,410-sq m. In the near future: Alaska and Louisville.

And then near Kyoto where, in addition to the current Vegetable Factory, will add a new fully automated facility that, from 2017, will be capable of producing about 30,000 heads of lettuce per day in 3500 square meters.
Not only that, here, the use of a new generation of LED lights will guarantee a 30% energy saving, while an innovative water system of recycling and sterilization will allow the recovery of 98% of the water used.

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 Another solution based on the use of wireless sensors and actuators is the aquaponics greenhouse built in containers placed in the Eastern London that, since April 2016, will produce 20,000 kg of salad, and 4000 kg of fish per year.

But the IoT (Internet of Things) allows any citizen to be able to produce his vegetables at home or on the balcony. The mini greenhouses are now a reality: in a small space you can grow tomatoes, herbs, salad, without efforts since the wireless sensor system will indicate, for example, when you need to add water or nutrients. And these tasks can be automated because the IoT (Internet of Things), through wireless actuators, allows to minimize the human effort, while ensuring a safe product in terms of quality and flavor. All this with great savings and the awareness to know for sure what you have on your plate.

AURORAS is an innovative company that manufactures systems IoT (Internet of Things) for agriculture, viticulture and the environment with micro-climate controlled as greenhouses.

SAVE CROP

SAVE GRAPE

GREEN HOUSE

They are reliable solutions that improve the management of crops, the savings and the productivity. All this with great simplicity and ease of use, to be truly within the reach of every grower or horticulture enthusiast.

The technology is there, and it is affordable and profitable. Just make the right decision.





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