Habibi Garden Presents IoT-Based Plant Care Solutions
Its current flagship feature is monitoring and automation in watering plants
The potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) as a solution to various problems has actually been seen since this trend first became global. IoT is allegedly able to give users control over devices with data real-time. One of the uses of IoT is being developed and explored in various countries, according to their respective problems. In Indonesia, there have been many IoT solutions introduced. One that is quite unique is Habibi Garden. A digital company that seeks to provide solutions for farmers to communicate with their crops.
The term communicating with plants may be a bit strange, but that's what the Habibi Garden team is trying to do. More precisely to help farmers or plant owners know the condition of the plant, such as nutrition and other needs. This communication can be realized thanks to the tools and applications that are connected and designed with various sensors such as temperature sensors, humidity sensors, plant media nutrients, light intensity and others. Thus the plant owners can find out the needs of the plant based on the data obtained from the application.
CTO Habibi Garden, Irsan Rajamin, told DailySocial that the company, which started operations in the middle of last year, was started with his colleague Dian Prayogi Susanto, who acts as CEO who is responsible for the business. In addition, Habibi Garden also collaborates with several partners in the field of agriculture to more easily recognize and be close to plants.
“Since the middle of 2016 in June and our office is in the city of Bekasi. Now we are focusing on our new foster garden located in Cianjur, Pasir Cina village. There, we were trying the Habibi Garden technology on chili plants," explained Irsan.
Starting from a hobby and anxiety
Habibi Garden CEO Dian Prayogi was named as one of the initiators for the solution idea offered by Habibi Garden. Dian, who has a hobby of gardening in her yard, often neglects to provide nutrition and watering, as a result, her plants are often affected by fungal outbreaks. This problem is what Habibi Garden is trying to solve, especially if the problem is approaching a wider area. Provision of fertilizers and water, early detection of disease outbreaks are key targets that can be handled by Habibi Garden's current tools.
For users, currently Habibi Garden is trying to target farmers who already have Green House infrastructure. Because such farmers tend to be closer to technology in agriculture.
Seeing the Habibi Garden device working
It's always interesting to see IoT devices at work. As we know IoT does not only work and is controlled by humans, there is a mechanism to connect machines to machines to be able to connect, communicate, and exchange data, or what is often known as Machine to Machine (M2M). This technology is applied by Habibie Garden. By installing a sensor on a device that is placed near the plant and connected to the application, the user can monitor plant data. Besides monitoring The solution presented by Habibi Garden also includes automatic watering and fertilization.
“Our technology combines applications mobile devices and hardware which aims to perform a function monitoring garden from anywhere and anytime. With this, farmers and we as ordinary people can know the condition of our plants/gardens. Not only monitoring plants, with Habibi Garden technology our gardens can also do watering and fertilizing automatically. This is what is often called M2M which means that our device can communicate itself between the sensor and the device controller so that the function of farmers can focus more on the supervisory function through application, plant care (cutting of leaf branches), opening new land and harvesting, "explained Irsan.
For this year, Habibi Garden is focusing on conducting more in-depth research on chilies after yesterday successfully applying their technology in tomato plantations. The reason is the price of chili that soars every year and can even be equivalent to the price of 1 kg of beef. Now Irsan and the Habibi Garden team are actively collaborating with many chili farmers by participating in existing chili farmer forums.