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MicroCEA: Developing a personal urban smart farming device

Stevens, J.D. and Shaikh, T. (2018) MicroCEA: Developing a personal urban smart farming device. In: 2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Smart Cities (ICSGSC), 12 - 14 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia pp. 49-56.

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Growing population, increasing urbanization and competition for shrinking resources, Food Security is a challenge around the world. The UN has made it a top priority in their Global Goals to promote sustainable agricultural practices with modern technologies and fair distribution system to sustain the world's population. In this paper we investigate the implementation of a micro controlled environment agriculture system, the MicroCEA, a smart device that automates growing vegetables in an urban indoor residential setting. We have constructed and tested the device and the platform in the United Arab Emirates where about 80% of the food is imported.Our urban smart farming device is based on an extension of the MIT Food Computer version 1, which was adapted to the local environment based on the materials and equipment that could be locally sourced here. To develop our prototype the action research methodology was employed to leverage findings and to improve the next stage of the prototype development. We present our research into the design and testing of a prototyped Internet of Things (IoT) MicroCEA device after comparing other similar open source systems. A new IoT architecture for urban smart farming devices, a set of lessons learned that can be used in forwarding this field of study that can contribute toward achieving food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
Copyright: © 2018 IEEE
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