Atria University student volunteers design a soil-less farming monitor

Bengaluru (March 8, 2020): Driven by the commitment to help the environment and encourage sustainable living, Atria University team, with student volunteers, has designed a ‘Hydroponics Monitor’. ‘Hydroponics Monitor’ is nothing but an IoT-based monitoring device to monitor the plants and nutrient supplements.Atria University student volunteers design a soil-less farming

Hydroponics is a farming technique where plants are grown in water and nutrients, without the help of soil. This method of farming will get more yield than soil-based agriculture and also helps reduce the use of pesticides. Hydroponics Monitor can be set up at the workplace or home easily, according to the Atria team.

To make the world greener and healthier, the team has worked to bring the best of Internet of Things (IoT) and Deep Tech through Hydroponics Monitor. With an interdisciplinary approach, the project strives to improve the health and standard of living. It efficiently provides a sustainable solution to food supply and food quality issues.

Kaushik Raju, Director, Atria University, lauded this project and said, “We came up with the hydroponics lab to work on two main problem statements that we are facing as a society — water and wastage due to transportation. Hydroponics helps solve these issues as it uses less than 25% of the water required in typical farming on land. You can grow the produce closest to the consumption eliminating storage and transport challenges, which also leads to the best nutrient-rich produce without the need for harmful pesticides. At the University, we plan to set up hydroponics with the aim to prove internal consumption for our hostels and students can be grown right here by utilising our dead spaces.”

The hydroponics monitor was designed by a five-student volunteer team working with Atria University—Anil T, Dinakaran P, and Ashok Patel from Electronics and Communication Department as well as John Karamchand and Surya Murugan from Computer Science engineering.

Speaking about this project, John Karamchand, a team member said, “We were always fascinated by the potential impact of technology in the domain of agriculture. We came across a few hydroponic farms in our locality that faced problems due to labour-intensive processes and lack of real-time monitoring. This motivated us to pursue building a solution that enables everyone to manage and run an urban farm with the least human intervention possible.”