I’ve bootstrapped operations since late 2014 with my co-founder. plantOS team
Yes are currently streaming data from existing farms. We have 3 user segments
- Community [Open Source]
PlantOS Raspberry Pi Shield - Print circuitboard and connect it to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B to assemble plantOS sensor computer. We also use Atlas Scientific sensors
IoT Github - Code to stream data to plantOS platform
- Vertical Farms
- Plantations (ex: Oil Palm)
You are right and our Github was a mess. In fact Caleb gave the same criticism after his engineer reviewed our Github. We’ve finally completed our cloudconnector module and significantly restructured our Github. Please check it out
I do have a day job and have been working on this in private with my small team. We do incur operations costs notably Google Cloud charges however we are fortunate to have support from Google Cloud team in Malaysia/Singapore assisting us with credits as we scale. This enables us to make this announcement to welcome everyone to sign-up as our community user. Over time we believe our business model allows us to support operations costs for our community users without relying on assistance.
We need help in several areas:
- Completing our docker image. We are having issues with it
- Mockups and ideas for our dashboard design. We use Stencil for mockups
- Machine Learning and Computer Vision
- Open Hardware certification
Please drop me a PM with your email address to be invited into our Slack channel as we are on the Free tier of Slack which has limitations. Alternatively we would be happy to answer questions here and work with all of you to make us better. We are registered in Malaysia and serve a segment of customers that won’t be able to afford USD 800 sensors when an average farmer here earns USD 400 monthly. We are currently exploring options to manufacture our hardware at scale and lower costs significantly to democratize digital agriculture.