Two Electrical Engineering UB lecturers, Eka Maulana ST MT MEng and Waru Djuriatno ST MT in collaboration with Tri Wahyu Nugroho SP MSi (Faculty of Agriculture) and Dr. Herman Suryokumoro (Faculty of Law) develop the Integrated Smart Agriculture Monitoring System (ISAMS).
This integrated intelligent agricultural monitoring system applies electronic and internet technology to process the directly monitoring condition of the planted land, referring to precision agriculture.
“This system is aimed at precision agriculture and not just for food plants, but more towards medicinal plants,” said one team member, Eka Maulana.
Precision agriculture is an agricultural system that utilizes the technique of recording the monitored parameters of planted land to farm more efficiently and sustainably and reduce resource waste.
“Scientifically soil humidity, air humidity, temperature, light intensity, and environmental conditions can be recorded. ISAMS can be used to monitor these parameters from a smartphone via the internet,” Tri Wahyu Nugroho added.
ISAMS, Wahyu continued, has been tested in the field with a precise and real-time measurement level based on direct conditions in the field.
Measurement data can be monitored directly through a web service based on nodes and data from each sensor on agricultural land in Dau and Cangar.
“This system is not only for farmers, this monitoring data can also be accessed by consumers or other parties as material. But mainly for farmers, this data is very good for making decisions,” he continued.
The ISAMS system can be applied to various types of agriculture such as medicinal plants (ginseng, purwaceng, rhizome root types), ornamental plants (hokyantea, shaved, santigi, flower plants), vegetables (onions, lettuce, mustard greens, spinach), fruit (melon, apples, strawberries, oranges), food crops (rice, corn, wheat), and other horticultural crops.
ISAMS can be applied to open land (rice fields, gardens, fields), greenhouse systems with soil or other urban farming systems (hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics).
The parameters measured in the agricultural system can be adjusted according to the type of planting medium, type of plant, or harvest period.
The pattern of measurement and data transmission can be adjusted according to the desired data communication protocol according to the memory capacity.
In urban farming, ISAMS is very suitable for land with minimal water sources. By monitoring the condition of soil parameters, water requirements can be optimized based on plant types and soil moisture levels.
One tool can cover about 10m² areas so that the amount of land available can be divided by it to determine the number of ISAMS tools applied.
“We have tried the melon plantation, which was developed with this tool, which has produced 1.5 tons on 300 m² of land within three months,” Wahyu concluded. (Kanal24/mic)