ITS Campus, ITS News – The plantation sector as one of the pillars of the economy in Indonesia, currently also requires a touch of increasingly sophisticated technology to be able to survive and continue to develop. Based on this, students of the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) initiated the Gardellive application, an innovation that integrates cell phones (cell phones) and community garden conditions by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) -based sensors.
Urban communities tend to have low purchasing power to grow and harvest their own food needs. In fact, by planting and harvesting the community themselves, at least the community will be able to minimize expenses and increase their income. As stated by Muhammad Nur Slamet, the head of the team that initiated Gardellive, it is easier for people to grow their crops and consume the product or trade them using Gardellive.
“Apart from the economic background, we initiated this idea with the hope that it can support the fulfillment of the four healthy and five perfect food needs of urban communities,” said the student who is familiarly called Omet. According to him, community gardens were chosen as objects of beneficiaries because the land required was not large enough. The use of common land as community gardens is deemed appropriate to be pushed forward. So that, it develops in urban areas.
(from left) Adela Fahdarina Pilliang, Muhammad Nur Slamet, and Fahira Develin from the ITS student team initiated Gardellive
Gardellive offers a variety of conveniences in one hand. This technology provides facilities as an effort to maximize hydroponic-based community garden systems by reducing smallholder efforts to monitor their crops. Omet explained that the planters would be helped to recap the factory development with the help of AI as a detection sensor in the field.
“Starting from the irrigation system, measuring pH, temperature and humidity, everything has been integrated through Gardellive,” said the student of the Department of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy. From the readings of the AI-based sensors, the planters were also treated to various handling solutions if there were symptoms of problems that attacked their community gardens. These are the conveniences that Gardellive offers to its ‘Gardener’ feature which is expected to empower its food production capabilities.
Not only facilitating the planters through the Gardener feature but also put the Buyers feature as a compliment. Through this feature, the surrounding community will be connected to the planters. It will be easier for the farmers to sell their crops. If simplified, Gardellive is an application that includes an online buying and selling application system, track recording, and shuttle services.
“Apart from that, Gardellive offers advantages in the form of completeness of data, cooperative and buying and selling systems, as well as the technology used,” explained the student from Raha, Southeast Sulawesi. With the completeness of the data he has kept, he will offer more various recommendations on plantation issues to the planters. Meanwhile, the cooperative system is installed to facilitate the capture of consumers and stakeholders may be involved.
“For the formulation of Gardellive technology, we use an Artificial Neural Network so that automation of sensors, CCTV, pH meters, Arduino Uno, and other materials runs smoothly,” he added. Omet and his four friends hope that the system is arranged in such a way so that it can run and still maintain the effectiveness of time.
As a measure of the effectiveness of time and work steps, Gardellive also provides a timeline board in its services. This service intends to recommend the right time when the fertilization step should be done and when it should be harvested. “The schedule recommended by this timeline board follows the system, based on plant portraits captured by the detector in the field,” he explained.
Omet’s explanation was followed by his statement that hoped for the idea he had compiled for four months to receive support from various parties, both government and private. Thus, the impacts in the fields of food, health, and the economy can be felt by the majority of urban communities in particular, and the Indonesian people in general.
The result from this masterpiece that has been supervised by a lecturess Azzah Dyah Pramata ST MT MEng PhD is the success of Omet and his team of Adella Fahdarina, Fahira Develin, Ghanistra Yudha, and Syafira Dewi Irawan that won the Gold Medal at the international event, the Khayyam Festival from the Annia Association, Iran at the end of last year. (qaf/far/ITS Public Relations)
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