Time flies! It has been a whole year since we invited some of Seeeders and residency makers at Chaihuo x.factory to do a call for #ZeroWaste with some recycled materials as our way to celebrate Earth Day 2020.
With Earth Day 2021 (April 22, yes, TODAY) breaking upon us, what better time to take on a new project while contributing your #TinybutStrong efforts to our Mother Earth? The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
To celebrate this year’s Earth Day, we at Seeed would love to invite all of you to explore some eco-friendly applications and projects originated from our community. In this way, you could explore the connections between every one of us and Mother Earth, learn about how open technologies leverage environmental conservation and get inspired for your next #RestoreOurEarth tinkering.
Project 1: LongHive by Antonio Scala, Evan Diewald, Nathan Pirhalla
Bees are critical to the livelihood of our ecosystem, but unfortunately in the past decade, bee populations have decreased by 30%. LongHive, is a full-service infrastructure for beehive maintenance, enabled by the Helium Network and Deep Learning (DL). Data-driven beekeepers can install our LongHive system, which fits underneath standard beehives and includes a suite of relevant sensors, a pre-trained convolutional neural network (CNN) for classifying the hive’s acoustic signatures, and a web-based dashboard for easy visualization of the transient signals.
Project 2: Biofloc Monitoring System by Md. Khairul Alam
In a world where more than 800 million people continue suffering from chronic malnourishment and where the global population is expected to grow by another 2 billion to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, it is important to meet the huge challenge of feeding our planet while safeguarding its natural resources for future generations. In this context, aquaculture plays a key role in eliminating hunger, promoting health, reducing poverty, as well as generating jobs and economic opportunities. Biofloc technology (BFT) is an environmentally friendly aquaculture technique based on in situ microorganism production. Md. Khairul Alam built an IoT-based custom solution for continuous monitoring of temperature, pH, EC, and ORP based on Wio Terminal and several Grove sensors. The data can be visualized from the display of the Wio terminal as well as from an Android app. If any parameter reaches to unsatisfactory level an alert will be generated and ring the buzzer of the Wio terminal. A notification will also be sent to the mobile phone through MQTT.
Project 3: Smart Greenhouse by Dr Panos
We all know that climate change is taking place on our planet in a fast way and having a huge effect on agriculture practice. The greenhouse could be an immediately applicable way to optimize agricultural production and contribute to slowing down the phenomenon of climate change through water and energy savings. Dr. Panos’ Smart Greenhouse is a complete functional unit powered by Arduino and Grove sensors, that monitors and controls the internal environmental conditions of a greenhouse.
Apart from the above three applications of Seeed open-source parts, there are many industrial applications that contribute to our planet earth. Here at Seeed, we have been developing IIoT devices dedicating to environmental sensing scenarios since 2018. The IIoT series includes #SenseCAP LoRaWAN, #SenseCAP ONE compact weather sensors, and SensorHub 4G data logger. With the data collected by these robust IIoT devices, data-driven insights can be provided for making more environmental-friendly decisions, no matter it’s for smart agriculture, smart city, or other scenarios! Here I would love to share two use cases with you.
Our partner in this case is a global leading company that designs and manufactures outdoor power products such as chainsaws, trimmers, and mowers, which are used in parks, gardens, forests, and other environments. They applied IoT technology in monitoring the environmental data to provide insights for guiding corporate operations as well as providing better services to customers. Two sets of Seeed SenseCAP industrial wireless IoT products (including LoRa gateways and sensors) have been deployed in the industrial park and a public park respectively in Stockholm, Sweden, to collect environmental data of CO2, Barometric Pressure, Light Intensity, Air Temperature, Air Humidity.
Case 2: Seeed Partners with OPEN in the Global IoT Education Initiative to Promote Global Sustainable Development
A few months ago, Seeed is honored to join the partnership with OPEN (One Planet Education Network) in the global IoT education initiative that aims at bringing next-generation technologies into classrooms and communities. The initiative aims to guide the students and community residents to learn how they can solve real-world challenges such as food shortage, environmental pollution, water issues, and effectively adapt to and help mitigate climate change impacts. OPEN has selected Seeed Industrial IoT products SenseCAP as an important part of many of its curriculums that adopt IoT technologies in sustainable agriculture and forestry, smart garden, and vertical hydroponics, etc. SenseCAP products including LoRaWAN soil moisture & temperature sensor, LoRaWAN light intensity sensor, etc., are now being deployed for indoor soil experimentation, outdoor test plots, and hydroponics projects at several schools and sites in New York City, Massachusetts in the US and at schools in NSW, Australia.
In a very near future, OPEN will also apply Seeed sensors to DR Congo to detect CO2 concentration, thus providing data to monitor possible volcano eruption in Goma city. With these insights, it will help local communities prepare in advance for evacuation in case of eruptions.
Get inspired? Now let’s make a difference to celebrate Earth Day today and every day. If you wanted to share your projects with the whole Seeed community, feel free to speak aloud by @seeedstudio on LinkedIn, and we will spread it out.