The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines is investing 2.49 million Pesos in the Payatas Controlled Disposal Facility to construct a smart greenhouse system. According to Fortunato de la Pena, Secretary of DOST, the DOST-National Capital Region inked a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Technological University of the Philippines to implement this project.
The project will be utilising advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) which include smart sensors, devices, network topologies, big data analytics, and intelligent decision-making. It involves local greenhouse climate control, crop growth monitoring, and crop harvesting with water and climatic sensors. The greenhouse system guarantees vegetables’ food safety, quality, and traceability with its self-managed vertical aquaponic system. It sends data directly to the cloud with the IoT connection and processes the data collected with an AI machine so as to push smart to the user and feed the agronomics knowledge.
Another component is a fully automated Polystyrene biodegrading system for mealworm segregation that may biodegrade polystyrene and function as an artificial habitat for mealworms. Fortunato de la Pena said that a solar photovoltaic energy powered system would be used to power the programme’s components. The agro-eco park comprises a variety of technologies aimed at promoting a self-sustaining greenery. The place will also have domes, botanical gardens, including ponds that can support aquaponics and agroponics systems likewise solar panels and wind turbines that would help with the park’s overall functioning.
The Centre would also develop a local policy for local government units in partnership with the Philippine National Police to decrease light pollution and energy consumption in cities and improve lighting in crime hotspots.