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Posted 19 Dec 2016



Intel® Ultimate Coder Challenge for IoT: What is Team Agro Hackers Up to Now?

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19 Dec 2016CPOL4 min read
Now that the eight-week Intel® Ultimate Coder Challenge for IoT is complete, teams continue developing and expanding their projects into the commercial sector.

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Team Agro Hackers Takes Farming to the Next Level

Now that the eight-week Intel® Ultimate Coder Challenge for IoT is complete, teams continue developing and expanding their projects into the commercial sector. Key to this progress is the Intel® IoT Developer Kit, which streamlines the path to product by providing hardware, software and tools in an easy-to-use package.

Five global teams selected from over 180 submissions went head-to-head developing innovative commercial IoT solutions using Intel® IoT technology to address real-world issues. During the competition, teams posted their progress to encourage feedback from judges and other developers.

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In August, Team IoT Vaidya captured Grand Prize in the competition with their Cognitive Healthcare System for Rural Areas. The project enabled patients from remote areas with access to a medical diagnostic monitoring system utilizing an IoT solution which feeds data to the cloud for analysis and diagnosis.

Each team overcame challenges and obstacles to complete their projects and expand on a larger scale. To learn more about the Agro Hackers and their project, you can view their video presentation from the competition. In this update, learn how Team Agro Hackers re-focused their efforts and redesigned their device to further refine their project to be an even more game changing IoT solution.

Taking Farm Connect to a New Level

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Team Agro Hackers, led by Kalaileesha Letchumanan is taking their Farm Connect project to a new level – by now integrating their design to be used with drone technology! During the final field test they realized using a drone as a monitoring vehicle would not only speed up detection, but expand crop coverage.

As a result, they are in the process of building their own drone which carries a camera and sensor modules and is powered with an IA-based Arduino 101* as the controller for the drone. Their autonomous Dragon drone will be the next generation farming tool for improved crop management.

Project Methodologies

Farm Connect’s focus is aimed at pest and disease monitoring and control via a digital image-based IoT solution. The Crop Disease Monitoring Unit of the solution monitors crop growth on a daily basis and can detect signs of disease. Beyond detection, the IoT solution can identify and classify the crop disease then recommend suitable solutions using machine learning techniques.

In the redesign, Farm Connect captures an image from the High Definition Camera which is then input into the Crop Disease Identification and Classification Algorithm. The Crop Disease Identification and Classification Algorithm will pre-process the input image; identify the infected part, and then extract the required features. These extracted features are sent to a cloud server via a gateway. Based on a decision engine in the cloud server, the best solution for the infected crops is provided. The crop images are then stored in the cloud server for future reference.

Tips Based on the Experience

Team Agro Hackers created a high-level framework for agriculture applications. By following a top-down approach and sub dividing the classifications, the process provides a clear picture of the agriculture industry and helped to quickly identify key problem areas.

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The intent was to target the areas of disease and pest management. By creating a framework to identify the key problems, the solutions became much easier to process. and more applicable to other crop types and geographical locations.

The design model standardizes IoT-based agriculture applications and creates an end to end framework which the developer community can easily apply to other agriculture stages such as Resource Management, Crop Management, and Pest/Disease Management.

Key Learnings

Team Agro Hackers has explored many approaches in solving agriculture issues. To address pest and disease management, they used a bot concept to explore crops and to gather data by refining their concept to be used with a drone. The approach sped up detection and expanded crop coverage. Team Agro Hackers not only addressed the issues at hand, but set up the flexibility to tackle future problems farmers may face in agricultural management.

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Learn more about the project focuses for the five teams from Germany, India and the USA and the winning projects:

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