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The Connected Garden

Juan Carlos Lazcano, Vice President of M2M
Gemalto, North America

As the Internet of Things becomes more powerful, it is transforming an increasing number of areas of our lives sometimes in surprising ways. In the first in a series of blog posts, Gemalto explores how smart technology can help gardeners.

The connected world has caught up with horticulture thanks to machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. Here are five products that are set to make gardeners lives easier.

1. No More Slow Mow
Mowing the lawn can be a dull and laborious job or at least it was until the invention of robotic lawn mowers that do all the hard work for you, like the Robomow. Operating quietly and autonomously, they are designed to save time and money and are becoming increasingly sophisticated; self-docking and with their own working schedule, they require minimum human interaction and can even be programmed from a smartphone.

Garden2. Sensors in the Soil
Smart sensors such as theEdyn Garden Sensor connect to WiFi to feed data straight from the soil to a smartphone in order to monitor the plants growing in your garden. The solar-powered sensor tests the soil for moisture, pH (a measure of acidity levels), temperature, light, nutrients and humidity, and then sends all that information to a mobile app, providing a full analysis of the gardens conditions. This helps you to work out which plants will thrive in your patch and how best to look after them.

3. Water When you Need It
More and more gardeners are using automated irrigation systems. The Green IQ Smart Garden Hub is one of a number of products that use the internet and mobile technologies to manage these systems. There’s no point watering your garden if there’s a big storm on the way, so the device takes account of the current and forecasted weather when scheduling irrigation potentially saving up to 50 percent on water consumption. That’s good for the planet as well as your water bills.

4. No Garden? No Problem!
For would-be gardeners who live in cities and don’t have any outdoor space, hydroponics growing plants in sand, gravel or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil is the answer. Its an area that lends itself perfectly to M2M technology, and there are a number of comprehensive packages on the market: for example, the connected device produced by flux monitors the growth of vegetables in a hydroponic environment and determines the optimal growing recipe with the help of a global community of connected indoor gardeners.

5. The Plant that Grows Itself
If a full-blown hydroponics system sounds a bit daunting, there are ways to experience indoor gardening on a smaller scale. For example, the Click & Grow Smart Flowerpot makes growing plants as hands-off as can be. It comes with seeds planted in ready-fertilized soil, and built-in sensors ensure the plant receives the right amount of light, nutrients and water. All you have to do is harvest the herbs and other plants (options range from strawberries to chili peppers) when they’re ready and eat them!

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