Today marks the day of formally starting an idea I have had for a while yet I never allocated the time. Multiple times I have seen a need for a simple yet flexible platform to get data back to the web from the real world. Clients have asked only to have to build it into their own product. Farmers have too but they wanted it from the perspective of the benefit it provides.
Though this is a ‘vertical’ product it’s easiest to explain with a real world example. If you have a water tank you know it’s good to know the level. Simple when you are close to it, but what do you do if your livestock depend on it and it’s an hour’s drive? Simply check your phone, the solution we are building takes readings from tanks, soil, gates and sends this to your phone. It provides you certainty and control.
A block diagram for all the geeks:
Though this will likely change these are my thoughts. A modular platform that can be added to but documented enough to allow you to adapt it to your needs. Solar for remote applications and XBee for when the things you need to check on are scattered.
- Prototype solution
- Select target market that has an acute need