As irrigation is responsible for 70% of global water consumption, HydroFarm aimed to create a low-cost, low entry barrier solution for new urban farmers and improve water use efficiency while maintaining yield production.
What it does
We set out to implement drip irrigation with soil moisture monitoring, temperature sensing, and humidity sensing capabilities to fine-tune the amount of water a plant can get.
How we built it
We connected Raspberry Pi, Lora Board and sensors to determine if the soil need to be irrigated. We used Azure IoT Hub to deploy edge computing devices which divides to cloud bidirectional communication, and use stream analytics jobs to analyze data with PowerBI.
Challenges we ran into
Designing the system was a huge challenge for us, we wanted to offer affordable solution and use existing Azure service to the identified problem.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We managed to connect everything together using Azure service. From knowing nothing about Azure IoT service to implement the service on our product. It was a great learning experience for us.
What we learned
We have learned so much from interviewing with urban farmers, knowing what's their pain point farming in urban setting. That experience was truly valuable.
What's next for HydroFarm
We are hoping to integrate weather predictions and adjustments for microclimates in future models of our prototypes.