Heard Over the Transom: New Device Brings Smarthome Sensibility to Home Gardening

Alex Brisbourne

About one year ago, we within the Internet-of-Things community had just witnessed Google’s acquisition of Nest, and we pondered the ramifications of having thermostats that could learn a family’s lifestyle and habits, and automatically control indoor climate settings to optimize energy use and keep residents comfortable. This year, a new invention pushes the notion of “Smart” into the backyard: GreenIQ’s Smart Garden Hub.

Similar to Nest Thermostat’s quick rise as an SKU in Big Retail, GreenIQ has gone from its unveiling in January to general availability at The Home Depot in just four short months. Does efficient home gardening carry the same cache as HVAC control?

If you think of GreenIQ as primarily a water saving instrument, the answer is probably “even more so,” in the sense that energy could be considered a “luxury” in comparison to water being absolutely essential for life. At KORE, we are well-versed in how the IoT can serve the noble purpose of water use optimization. One of our customers, Puresense, deals in extremely precise water management for agriculture by combining moment-by-moment data on surrounding weather conditions with a crop’s known water “preferences,” to deliver the correct amount, and only the correct amount, of water throughout the growing cycle.

GreenIQ does much the same thing for the avid home gardener, albeit at a smaller scale, to help them avoid over-watering and under-watering. It accounts for weather forecasts and physical factors such as temperature, relative humidity (RH), wind speed and solar radiation to dial up precise watering recommendations for the consumer. Thinking about it in those terms paints GreenIQ as yet another example of how the IoT can “democratize” many processes that may once have been reserved for industry or big business.

Not to be overlooked, the release of GreenIQ also speaks to the booming IoT hotbed that’s emerged in Israel over the past few years. The small nation packs a strong combination of ubiquitous military training, raw engineering talent, entrepreneurial culture and access to venture capital, all of which lend themselves to a remarkable list of connected and wearable innovations. There’s a reason the likes of Google and Cisco have established a strong presence there. Keep an eye on this global trend to continue.

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