Sensorex water sensors chosen for smart village

26 Jan 2017
Smart Village concept uses Sensorex water sensors for shrimp farms

Smart Village concept uses Sensorex water sensors for shrimp farms

Sensorex sensors are being used to monitor shrimp farms at a pioneering “Smart Village” in India called Mori Village.

Three sets of Sensorex DO6441 dissolved oxygen (DO) and S8000 modular pH sensors have been deployed to measure water quality and key aquaculture parameters to increase the yield and efficiency of shrimp farming in the village.

Shrimp farming is one of the five top industries that make up the economic base in the village of 8000 residents, which is in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. It has the potential for high margin returns but can be also be high risk due to preventable disease.

Before the Smart Village was pioneered, manual samples of the water were taken and sent to a lab, a labour intensive and time consuming process. Therefore, the delay between taking a reading and waiting for the results meant critical time was lost in addressing any imbalances.

One set of DO and pH sensors is deployed in three separate shrimp ponds, taking water quality readings critical to maintaining the health of the livestock. The probes are equipped with Sensorex’s 4-20mA output modules, which feed into a PLC running AppScape’s app.

The app is accessed from a mobile device and displays real-time readings of pH and DO. This therefore allows control of the pond’s aerators, which can be operated remotely via the app. Additional app features include data logging, trend analysis, and export for reporting and records backup.

The Smart Village prototyping phase wrapped up in December, 2016, with an inaugural event to present the new technology to Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister. The Sensorex sensors are deployed and monitoring their first crop of shrimp, with harvest expected in 4-6 months.

The prototype Smart Village concept could potentially be applied to 650,000 Indian villages and eventually around the world. Sensorex monitoring solutions can be applied to a range of aquaculture and industrial processes to improve the quality of life in rural communities.