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Comparing the Professional VS the Maker Sensor Lines for Agriculture and Water Monitoring

Comparing the Professional VS the Maker Sensor Lines for Agriculture and Water Monitoring

October 28th, 2014 - Libelium

In Libelium’s product portfolio is possible to find different options to control and measure agriculture and water parameters. On the one hand, Libelium offers professional solutions based in our own designed platform Waspmote: Smart Agriculture and Smart Water, on the other hand, we have designed two Arduino based cheap alternatives for makers: Open Aquarium and Open Garden that are distributed by Cooking Hacks – Libelium’s open hardware division.

In this article, we will go through the main differences between them to help Libelium’s customers to choose the platform that suits best their needs.

So let’s start with the comparative of Libelium water monitoring products: Smart Water VS Open Aquarium.

Smart Water wireless sensor platform simplify remote water quality monitoring. Equipped with multiple sensors that measure a dozen of the most relevant water quality parameters (Temperature, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Oxidation-reduction potential, Turbidity and Dissolved Ions sensor probes available), Smart Water is the first water quality-sensing platform to feature autonomous nodes that connect to the Cloud for real-time water control. Their sensors are available for both Waspmote lines: Plug & Sense! – ready to deploy in final projects, and OEM – to be embedded in a third party product line.

Plug & Sense! Smart Water

Plug & Sense! Smart Water

Waspmote Smart Water OEM Solution

Waspmote Smart Water OEM Solution

On the other hand, Open Aquarium is an Aquaponics Sensor Platform for makers, based on Arduino. It has been designed to help makers to take care of their aquariums, fish tanks and ponds, automating the maintenance tasks that take place in them, through wireless connectivity using Arduino Open Source API. Consists of two different and complementary kits: Basic and Aquaponics, and many several extra accessories.

Cooking Hacks Open Aquarium

Smart Water VS Open Aquarium Comparative Table

Key Features Smart Water Open Aquarium
Intended for Companies, environmental consultancies, city councils and municipalities that need to monitor water conditions in rugged environments and hard-to-access locations – rivers, lakes, swimming pools, spas and the sea. Makers and individuals that want to control Aquariums, ponds and fish tanks.
Applications – Water consumption, reducing water and electricity costs.
– Potable water monitoring.
– Chemical or water leakage detection.
– Pollution levels control.
– Corrosion and limescale deposits prevention.
– Fish Tank Monitoring.
– Maintenance task automation in fish tanks, ponds and aquariums.
Sensing Interchangeable sensor probes that measure more than 12 chemical and physical water quality parameters such as pH, nitrates, dissolved ions, dissolved oxygen, conductivity (salinity), oxidation-reduction potential, turbidity, temperature, etc. 5 sensors available to measure the key parameters in the fish tank and to control the correct state such as temperature, pH, conductivity, level and water leakages.
Actuators Smart Water focus on remote sensing and has no actuators available. 6 different actuators to automate tasks such as feed the fish, regulate water heating and cooling, activate pumps to change water or administer medicine, and control light intensity to simulate day and night cycles.
Autonomy 10 years. Waspmote implements power saving mode. Solar panels may be added for continuous measuring. Open Aquarium must be powered by an external power supply (12V – 2A).
Nodes Maintenance Smart Water nodes are ready to deploy out of the box and sensor probes can be recalibrated or changed in the field, with kits provided by Libelium. Open Aquarium is a DIY product and makers maintain and improve the installation. (Calibrated kits are also available).
Connectivity Waspmote may use cellular (3G, GPRS, WCDMA) and long range 802.15.4/ZigBee/RF (2.4 GHz,868/900 MHz) connectivity to send information to the Cloud. It ensures real-time water control, even from sensor nodes situated in remote locations. The platform can send information using wireless interfaces such as Wi-Fi, GPRS and 3G.
Price Smart Water is a customized product. Approximate price with similar components than Open Aquarium Basic Kit: 900€. Contact with our commercial team for a customized proposal. Open Aquarium Basic Kit at 199€. Check our online shop – www.cooking-hacks.com
Gateway Meshlium is the Linux GW for Waspmote and Plug & Sense! devices. It counts with 8GB of internal storage and allows to connect the information to many Cloud platforms such as Axeda, Thingworks, MQTT, Telefónica, etc. It counts with many connectivity options: ethernet, WiFi, 3G, ZigBee, etc. Data is sent from Open Aquarium to a laptop via an USB cable or via WiFi or GPRS to the Internet.

Waspmote can accommodate solar panels that charge the battery to maintain autonomy.

Smart Water One Step Solar Panel Connection

Smart Water Sensor Probes

Smart Water One Step Probe Change

Open Aquarium Basic Kit

Open Aquarium Basic Kit

Let’s take now a closer look to the main differences between Libelium agriculture monitoring products, Smart Agriculture VS Open Garden.

Smart Agriculture platform can be used to monitor different environmental parameters related to agriculture such as temperature, humidity, soil temperature/humidity, weather station, leaf wetness and many other parameters. The monitoring of these parameters allows to minimize time and money as well as maximize agriculture results. The Smart Agriculture board enables control with a finer granularity than existing precision agriculture techniques. Our solution brings extreme precision to crop growing in, for example, vineyards and greenhouses, by enabling irrigation and climate control to be matched to local conditions.

Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture

Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture

Smart Agriculture Waspmote

Waspmote Smart Agriculture OEM Solution

Open Garden is our Open Source hardware alternative to commercial home automation to remotely control indoor and outdoor plants. There are 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 kits include a suite of sensors form measuring parameters such as humidity, light, temperature, or soil moisture to monitor plants for optimal care wherever they are situated. The Hydroponics kit includes pH and conductivity probes. Its actuators can control irrigation, and activate lights and oxygen pumps.

Cooking Hacks Open Garden

Smart Agriculture VS Open Garden Comparative Table

Key Features Smart Agriculture Open Garden
Intended for Companies, environmental consultancies, city councils and municipalities that need to monitor fields, vineyards and greenhouses. Makers and individuals that want to control in-house gardens, small greenhouses, outdoor gardens and small fields, and also hydroponics – plants in water installations.
Applications – Control micro-climate conditions to maximize crop quality and production.
– Selective irrigation in dry zones to reduce the water resources required.
– Study of weather conditions in fields to forecast ice formation, rain, drought, snow or wind changes.
– Control of humidity and temperature levels to prevent fungus and other microbial contaminants.
– Crop growth monitor.
– Plants water needs control
– Irrigating the plants and activating lights and oxygen pumps in hydroponics crops.
Sensing Up to 14 environmental parameters to be monitored: air temperature, air humidity, soil temperature, soil moisture, leaf wetness, atmospheric pressure, solar PAR radiation, ultraviolet radiation, trunk/stem/fruit diameter, wind speed/direction and rainfall. Up to 7 different parameters: soil moisture, temperature, humidity, light… and has three water sensors: water pH, conductivity and temperature.
Actuators Smart Agriculture focus on remote sensing and has no actuators available. Different types of actuators to modify the state of the plants: water pump, droppers for drip irrigation, electro valve, sprinklers, oxygen pump and growing light.
Autonomy 10 years. Waspmote implements power saving mode. Solar panels may be added for continuous measuring. Open Garden must be powered by an external power supply (12V – 2A). The nodes are powered by a 2300 mAh battery that can be recharged using a solar panel. According to the frequency of the sensors measures, the durability of the battery can be up to 3 months.
Nodes Maintenance Smart Agriculture nodes are ready to deploy out of the box and sensor probes can be recalibrated or changed in the field. Open Garden is a DIY product and makers maintain and improve the installation.
Connectivity Waspmote may use cellular (3G, GPRS, WCDMA) and long range 802.15.4/ZigBee/RF (2.4 GHz,868/900 MHz) connectivity to send information to the Cloud. It ensures real-time water control, even from sensor nodes situated in remote locations. The platform can send information using wireless interfaces such as Wi-Fi, GPRS and 3G.
Price Smart Agriculture is a customized product. Approximate price with similar components than Open Garden Indoor Kit: 800€. Contact with our commercial team for a customized proposal. All of our Open Garden kits at 199€ each. Check our online shop – www.cooking-hacks.com
Gateway Meshlium is the Linux GW for Waspmote and Plug & Sense! devices. It counts with 8GB of internal storage and allows to connect the information to many Cloud platforms such as Axeda, Thingworks, MQTT, Telefónica, etc. It counts with many connectivity options: ethernet, WiFi, 3G, ZigBee, etc. Data is sent from Open Garden to a laptop via an USB cable or via WiFi or GPRS to the Internet.

For more information about our Waspmote product lines:

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water model

Waspmote Plug & Sense!
Smart Water model

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture model

Waspmote Plug & Sense!
Smart Agriculture model

For more information about the Open Source platforms check the complete tutorials:

Open Aquarium

Open Aquarium

Open Garden

Open Garden

Contact the Libelium Sales Department.

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