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Transcript of Smart Aquaponics
Current aquaponics operations must be carefully managed to create an optimum
disease-free environment for fish and plants.
Requires constant monitoring of parameters such as: pH Level, Temperature, Food Level, and Lighting
Major time commitment
May require "fish-sitter" which costs money
Not ideal for large-scale aquaponics operations
What is our solution to the problem?
How will our solution benefit our clients?
Whom are our competitors?
How Smart Aquaponics Works: Using a tiny microprocessor, we are able to program the device to respond to various situations based on inputs gathered from the user's aquarium. Here are some examples:
Problem: The temperature sensor reads that the temperature in the tank is too low.
Solution: Our microcontroller decides to turn on the heater until the right temperature is reached.
Problem: The pH sensor indicates the pH level of the water is imbalanced.
Solution: Our microprocessor decides which chemicals and what quantity to add to the tank to restore the pH balance that is ideal for the fish.
Safety and Patent Details
Aquaponic systems produce organic food, so it is very safe to eat. Adding pesticides to increase plant production will harm the fish and vice versa. Our system can provide the optimal temperature/pH levels for growing thus minimizing the need to add stimulants.
A safety concern of our system malfunctioning can be limited with extension testing.
The government regulations set forth are for the aquaponic systems and our product will have the capabilities for settings in that range.
We will go through the process of applying for a Utility Patent. We believe it will be successful, as there are no automated Aquaponic systems available.
Estimated 3000-5000 backyard aquaponics systems in US and 5000+ in Australia
Organic food market is expected to grow 14% from 2013-2018
The Aquaponics Cycle
Explain the technical side of our solution.
How do we plan to integrate our solution into the market?
How is the implementation of this technology into the market solving the problem?
What is the cost associated with this product?
Currently, we are aiming for four key conditions to maintain:
A pH electrode probe will provide data to the microcontroller and dispense quantities of chemicals to restore balance (still in development).
A temperature sensor will measure the water temperature, and the microcontroller will dispatch the fan or heater.
Food will be dispensed on a customizable cycle.
A photo resistor will supply values to the controller, which then decides how much power to dispense to the HID lights or flourescents.
Smart Aquaponics makes it easier than ever to run an aquaponics system. It requires little maintenance past the preliminary setup. Whereas a normal aquaponics system requires constant monitoring and care, a Smart Aquaponics system is almost self-sustainable.
When traveling away from home for more than a day, most fish owners have to employ a caretaker, which may cost a lot of money. Smart Aquaponics is a more reliable caretaker and will be cheaper in the long run. It will be more responsive to fluctuations in the system and can react orders of magnitude faster than a human to keep the plants and fish in the most ideal environment.
Brian Neldon, Zachary Rush, Mattlyn Dragoo, Manu Kumar, Zachary Hardina
S Diver, "Aquaponics—Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture," ATTRA, 2006
Frosty Fish - DIY Kit, and Manual
The Urban Farming Guys - How-To Videos
Nelson & Pade - Sell Advanced Aquaponic Systems
The DIYers, people who enjoy gardening they will be a hard sell.
Target Markets and Distribution
People wanting to add automation to a pre-existing setup
People wanting to grow organic food without the time investment
People wanting to expand a small commercial grow operation
Automation to help monitor parameters across several setups
Automation for maintaining several kinds of plants/fish
Reducing need for hiring help
Plant and Garden supply stores
The Smart Aquaponics system will allow for sustainable, hands-free approach to organic farming
What we need:
A capital investment for tooling, manufacturing, and prototyping
Financial and legal advice as our product moves towards release
Price per unit: $45.19
Estimated retail price: 50 to 55 dollars
Currently we are attempting to get our price per unit down to under $40.
Why are we better?