Living labs

Greenhouse smart sensor laboratory

The Čedomir Đajić farm is located in the Kovilj settlement, approximately 21 km from Novi Sad. The settlement is inhabited by a population of over 5,000 individuals who are primarily involved in agricultural activities.

While the farm utilizes modern agricultural technologies and benefits from the application of new knowledge, there are still areas that require enhancement through the implementation of digital solutions. Throughout the production process, the farm collaborates with experts from various agricultural sectors. Partnerships have been established with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Novi Sad, the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad, and the BioSense Institute, also situated in Novi Sad.

A variety of tests are carried out on the farm, including trials for disease management, evaluating the effectiveness of pesticides and various biological agents such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, and bacteriophages. Additionally, herbicide testing and the introduction of new cultivars of vegetable plants into production are undertaken. The objective of the Living Lab is to introduce digitally connected solutions that monitor greenhouse conditions, aiding farmers in optimizing agricultural production to achieve higher-quality and healthier food.

The proposed solution will enable farmers to remotely access data from sensors installed in the greenhouse. This will provide real-time information on vital parameters such as air temperature and humidity, soil temperature and humidity, and leaf wetness. Armed with this information, farmers can promptly respond and take appropriate actions as required. Ultimately, this will optimize greenhouse conditions, resulting in increased yield and improved product quality. Furthermore, since farmers can monitor greenhouse conditions from their personal computers or smartphones, they will have more time for their social lives.

The purpose of our technology

The purpose is to reduce the use of water and increase the effectiveness of agricultural production. It also aims at increasing yield and preventing damage and plant stress induced by low or high temperatures in greenhouses and gives the possibility for monitoring soil nutrients for fertilisation prescription.

With the help of the proposed solution, the farmer will optimise the production leading to better quality food which is healthier. At the same time, the farmer will reduce fresh water consumption since the irrigation will be driven by soil moisture sensors.