“Most city households wrestle to keep up a backyard round their home and even take care of just a few vegetation in their very own balcony,” says Santosh Shet, who has greater than a decade of expertise within the IT business underneath his sleeve.
“We additionally confronted related points once we had been working or travelling, and had a tough time sustaining a wholesome balcony backyard. So we began in search of a sensible answer for individuals who don’t have time to water their vegetation commonly,” Santosh tells The Higher India.
Although he beloved working with computer systems, had a ardour for electronics, and was employed with a number of tech giants as a software program developer for a few years, Santosh finally determined to stop his job to spend extra time together with his household.
He and his spouse Deepika had been optimistic about doing one thing on their very own. After plenty of brainstorming, they conceived a novel thought of constructing an automatic drip-irrigation system for offering watering options to city gardens.
After working for nearly a yr, the couple developed a water automation system. It runs on an IoT (Web of Issues) platform that may be operated from anyplace, anytime utilizing a web site or a cell app.
Love for innovation
Santosh says, “The IT job gave me plenty of nice alternatives, however just a few years in the past I realised that it was time for me to change my profession. I had a tricky time within the preliminary section of the pandemic, as I used to be in Eire and my spouse and three-year-old daughter had been in India. This made me lastly name it quits.”
After leaving his job in early 2022, Santosh and Deepika spent months arising with a stable and workable thought. However the thought didn’t hit them immediately, says Deepika, additionally a former IT worker who took a break from work to deal with her little one.
“I keep in mind round 5 years again, after I was pregnant and at my dad and mom’ dwelling in Udupi, Santosh was staying all by himself. I had plenty of vegetation on my balcony and I had requested him to water them commonly. However Santosh was extraordinarily busy together with his work and sometimes forgot to water them. Once I was again, I may solely see wilted vegetation. This was once we found the watering subject for the primary time,” she says.
The couple began engaged on conceptualising and implementing the concept collectively in April 2022. “It wasn’t simple to work on one thing from scratch. Deepika and I had been in it collectively and needed to face plenty of ups and downs,” Santosh says.
Deepika says, “We had been lastly in a position to give you a working prototype by September 2022 and examined our product within the following months. At present, we’ve got a remaining product which is able to be put in.”
App-based gadget to water vegetation remotely
Named ‘Ukshati Automation System’, Santosh and Deepika’s startup is all set to register as a non-public restricted firm. They are saying they’re planning to use for a patent for his or her product quickly. Their “one-of-a-kind” gadget serves as a watering answer for each giant and small gardens, together with terrace and balcony gardens.
In accordance with Santosh, their main purpose behind growing this gadget was to make watering simple for folks and cut back wastage. “The gadget is a WiFi drip controller. In layman’s phrases, it could possibly be outlined as an Web-connected faucet that permits folks to water their vegetation on a scheduled foundation,” he explains.
“It permits the consumer to set the time for watering the vegetation. They will additionally set the period for which the plant needs to be watered. The gadget runs on batteries and might be managed both by our web site or by our cell app, which additionally notifies the consumer of all of the related updates,” elaborates Santosh.
“Customers can retailer their watering historical past on the web site and even change the gadget — on or off — from a distinct location,” he provides.
Not simply that, the couple additionally customises the water supply system in keeping with buyer wants. “Relating to balconies and terrace gardens, there is a matter of discovering a water supply. To sort out such points, we’ve got constructed a water-tank-based watering system, the place the consumer can retailer water and use it accordingly. The gadget notifies the consumer when the tank will get empty,” says Santosh.
As a aware step in the direction of lowering water wastage, they’ve additionally developed a tank system positioned inside a hexagonal wood field. “The water from the RO purification models and AC compressors is usually wasted. So, we set the tank in such a approach that it’s collected within the tank. This water is then used to water the vegetation, thereby placing it to higher use,” he explains.
Mithun Bhat Kakunje, a businessman primarily based out of Mangaluru, has been utilizing the automated watering system. He says, “I might say it’s a high-quality gadget that has helped me enhance the lifetime of my vegetation. It helps me water vegetation on time effortlessly, particularly after I’m travelling. The app continually screens the water degree and battery standing. I need to say, it has made my life a complete lot simpler.”
At present, the couple has put in 5 such units in Mangaluru, Karnataka and plans to give you bigger fashions of the gadget.
For extra data and enquiries, you may contact Santosh Shet at 88615 67365.
Edited by Pranita Bhat