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Archive for May, 2014

Open Garden – Hydroponics & Garden Plants Monitoring for Arduino

The Open Garden platform consist of three different kits, each ready for a specific kind of growing plant scenario: indoor houses and greenhouses, outdoor gardens and fields and hydroponics plants in water installations.

The platform allows to control the state of the plants by sensing several parameters:

Soil moisture (Indoor & Outdoor kits)

Temperature + Humidity + Light (All kits)

Water sensors: pH, Conductivity, Temperature (Hydroponics kit

Then it uses different types of actuators to modify the state of the plants by irrigating them or activating lights and oxygen pumps:

Water pump + Droppers for Drip Irrigation (Indoor kit)

Electro valve + Sprinkler for Sprinkling (Outdoor kit)

Oxygen Pump + Growing Light (Hydroponics kit)

The nodes send periodically the information to the Gateway that uploads the data to a web server by using any of the available wireless interfaces WiFi, GPRS, 3G. We have also designed a web application that allows to store in a data base the information gathered and visualize it from a browser and iPhone / Android device. We have released it as open source code so that you can improve it and make it personal for your own product!!

Open Garden has been designed to work with both 220V Europe & 110V US.

via Open Garden – Hydroponics & Garden Plants Monitoring for Arduino.

Call for Papers: IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue – Building Internet of Things Software –

As we equip people, places, and commodities with Internet-connected embedded devices that can sense information about the environment and subsequently take action, we will create the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT will improve society and quality of life, but making this vision a reality requires interdisciplinary efforts in a range of scientific domains. Specifically, enabling the design, implementation, validation, and real-world use of IoT software requires that we embrace diverse contributions in coherent and practical development frameworks, possibly based on current and future standards. 

This special issue seeks contributions about recent or ongoing research efforts, experience reports, and success stories in enabling an effective development of IoT software out of the individual building blocks available in different communities. Topics of interest include: 

– design and modeling approaches and methodologies for IoT software; 
– programming abstractions and languages expressly conceived for the IoT; 
– development techniques for IoT software appropriate for different hardware; 
– platforms, from tiny sensors to the enterprise level; 
– approaches for composing and interoperating existing IoT functionality; 
– cross-layer IoT software architectures; 
– standards for developing IoT software; and 
– real-world deployments and experiences in building IoT systems. 

Important Dates:

Submissions due: 1 July 2014  
Publication issue: March/April 2015 

Please email the guest editors at ic2-2015@computer.org a brief 
description of the article you plan to submit by 15 June 2014 

Guest Editors: 

Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) 
Luca Mottola, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and SICS Swedish ICT 
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology (Austria) 

More information is available here.