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The adage ‘garbage in, garbage out’ may once have held true, particularly in the land of software programming where it originated, but in today’s connected world, the Internet of Things is flipping it into ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ – literally.
A team from the National Taipei University of Technology’s Department of Electronic Engineering has developed a symbiotic ecosystem between fish culture and vegetable hydroponics. The fish produce waste which is ideal fertilizer for vegetable growing. In turn, the growth of the vegetables purifies the water that the fish live in creating a symbiotic environment where the fish and vegetables live harmoniously together, each benefitting the other equally.
The team use the Internet of Things to monitor a variety of settings such as light and temperature, combining this with cloud analytics to create a truly harmonious environment which can be monitored via GPS and webcams, and controlled through an app.
We’re becoming increasingly familiar with connected homes where we can control our own environments from our temperature and lighting through to what we eat and order using our connected fridges – and to monitoring them all through apps on our phones and tablets.
I suspect we’ve a long way to go before we live in environments as harmonious as the fish and vegetables in National Taipei’s Technology Department. It’s safe to say that we’re increasingly moving towards living and working in environments where the space we work and the conditions we work in and the equipment that we use is monitored, adjusted and optimised for us using similar approaches. Teradyne found this using IBM’s Tririga solutions to manage and maintain their property portfolio.
Let us know what you think about using the IoT to create smarter environments, or read more about other ways you can optimise your office or real-estate portfolio.
Originating article: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160415PD202.html