Agriculture 4.0

We only need to look at our current circumstance to see increasing amounts of change, it is undeniable. Advances in technology help make  radical changes from row crop farming outside and harvesting shrimp from the ocean to indoor production of both. Production of both plant and animal inside the space of a warehouse is being updated with today’s electronic and mechanical technologies. The accurate and precise control of the environment of the warehouse provided by these technologies yields new consumer information about transparency and traceability of the food consumed.  Exact environmental controls may include humidity, temperature, light, and air composition. Algorithms are designed examining these controls, comparing them to the yield of the product, and allowing optimization of product yields based on the data. Automation through technology in agriculture produces new and exciting benefits for both producer and consumer while at the same time translates into higher quality and quantity products.

Electronic Realization is an electronic design house located in Bozeman, MT perfecting its iterative design process to mature interesting technology. Technology such as 32 bit ARM processors with wireless communication,  pneumatic actuators, precision high speed motors, and all manner of sensors. These technologies are the building blocks of tomorrows systems necessary to communicate customized data into the cloud helping your organization optimize its yield of valuable products.

ER can quickly and exhaustively compare and contrast cost effective components to complete a design, like an LED enabling a light controlled environment, or a UV emitting LED for sanitizing.

ER’s iterative design process utilizes physical models for concise communication conveying the outcome of the design. Here is the physical scheme of an algae grow system, 80′ x 6′ transparent water pipes, with the evolving light source design.

ER completed the design of the light source by including all the necessary systems to translate utility power into optical output. The design: translate electrical utility power into light to increase the yield of algae within transparent water pipes. Iterative design in this case would easily allow changing the LED light source to a UV emitting LED that sanitizes an environment.