Camnexus-IoT and Cambridge University bringing LoRa network to Brazil.
BRIDGE TESC: Technological Empowerment for family-farming agriculture in Santa Catarina.
Brazil, July 2019. Camnexus-IoT together with its partners at the University of Cambridge led the installation of its first Camnexus-IoT LoRa Network in Brazil. The installation is part of the BRIDGE–TESC project, a pilot project aiming to improve the agricultural productivity of Santa Catarina using enabling technologies. Taking advantage of a solar hydroponic greenhouse developed under the BRIDGE project of Cambridge University Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG), the new pilot will develop and install an adapted version of the solar greenhouse in a scholar community of Santa Catarina. BRIDGE-TESC is an international collaboration project for sustainable development involving the University of Cambridge in the UK, University of the South of Santa Catarina (UNISUL) and Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil; and Camnexus in the UK.
The installation was done during June 2019 in Santa Catarina, Brazil. A team of Camnexus went to Brazil to perform the installation, setup and training of the network to the new users.
Two Camnexus-IoT gateways were installed, one in the UFSC, Florianopolis, and the second in the UNISUL, Tubarao.
Currently the hydroponic farm greenhouse at Tubarao is being monitored remotely, using a two-sensors node network. During the five weeks of operation, the pilot in Tubarao is providing real-time data of the greenhouse's internal climate, in-feed water quality and nutrients, and irrigation water level. Data processing and alerts have helped improvement of practices in the daily operation with impact in savings and productivity of the hydroponic farm.