Article: Waste-water surveillance can track Covid at an early stage: Dr. Angela Chaudhuri, COVIDActionCollab.

Open Health, Open Provisioning, Procedures (Medical), Water

Waste-water surveillance can track Covid at an early stage: Dr. Angela Chaudhuri, COVIDActionCollab.

Precision Health is a platform that is open to initiatives and organizations who want to study environments like wastewater for Covid-19, antimicrobial resistance, and other viruses. The Precision Health Platform in Bengaluru will test sewage from both sewered and non-sewered wastewater to identify clusters of new infections.

Tell us about the latest advancements in the tracking of COVID-19 through Sewage Water?
If we look at the concept of Sewage testing specifically for diseases, the concept originated in the 1920’s in Ireland to test for Typhoid.

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Article: Open source energy: could collaboration drive the clean energy transition?

Energy, Open Provisioning

Open source energy: could collaboration drive the clean energy transition?

New power projects are almost synonymous with technological innovation, with each new solar facility or power grid system backed by a solar cell of record-breaking effectiveness, or an energy network of inconceivable efficiency. But technological developments affect not only the ways power is produced and consumed, but the ways power is managed, and how those involved in power communicate and collaborate.

From simple remote working operations, highlighted by the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, to industrial-scale communication and management networks powered by open source architecture, the energy sector is undergoing a revolution in both power production and personal communication.

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Article: Launch of the Open Innovation Challenge: Greenhouses by Cycle Momentum and Hydro-Québec

Food, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space

Launch of the Open Innovation Challenge: Greenhouses by Cycle Momentum and Hydro-Québec

Cycle Momentum (formerly Accélérateur Ecofuel), founded by Cycle Capital, and Hydro-Québec are proud to announce the launch of the Open Innovation Challenge: Greenhouses as part of Écotech Québec’s Semaine de l’économie verte [Green Economy Week].

The Challenge was created to promote the development and integration of technologies designed for optimal environmental and energy management within the context of greenhouse farming. This initiative aims to support Québec’s transition toward food self-sufficiency.

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Article: Testing the waters: Hyderabad lab pushes for smart solutions to curb water wastage

Cities, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space, Water

Testing the waters: Hyderabad lab pushes for smart solutions to curb water wastage

Vikram Gulecha, Karan Behar and Riddhish Soni of Oceo, aka, Project Jalashaya, come from diverse backgrounds. Count Google and ISRO among them. This talented group has created a technology to benefit water utilities, irrigation departments and hydropower corporations.

International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) students Rishikesh Bose, Nilesh Bawankar, Ayush Kumar Lall and Ansh Khandelwal put their heads together to come up with a ‘Smart Water Meter’ idea. The concept would benefit the government, municipal corporation and large communities.

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Article: No green thumb required: Open-source robots can now grow a small farm for you

Food, Open Provisioning

No green thumb required: Open-source robots can now grow a small farm for you

If you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruits and veggies but could never quite make the time for it — technology is here to rescue you. At first glance, technology and farming don’t go hand in hand, but that’s old school thinking. In this day and age, technology and farming are a perfect match. With cheap sensors, simple phone apps, and available equipment, you can build your very own farming robot.

Give it power, water, and WiFi, and it will take care of the rest. FarmBot can plant, water, weed, and monitor the soil and plants with an array of sensors. All you need to do is harvest the produce once it’s done.

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Article: The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

Energy, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space

The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

As vice president of Innovation at National Grid Partners, I’m responsible for developing initiatives that not only benefit National Grid’s current business but also have the potential to become stand-alone businesses. So I obviously have strong views about the future of the energy industry.

But I don’t have a crystal ball; no one does. To be a good steward of our innovation portfolio, my job isn’t to guess what the right “basket” is for our “eggs.” It’s to optimally allocate our finite eggs across multiple baskets with the greatest collective upside.

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Article: The future of farming could be based on Linux

Food, Open Provisioning

The future of farming could be based on Linux

The Linux Foundation has just launched an open source digital infrastructure project specifically designed to tackle the challenges of the global agriculture sector. The AgStack Foundation looks to promote collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture ecosystem, including private business, governments, and academia.

It also hopes to build free and open digital infrastructure for data and applications tailored to enhance the efficiency of agriculture across the world. “The global Agriculture ecosystem desperately needs a digital makeover. There is too much loss of productivity and innovation due to the absence of re-usable tools and data…. AgStack will help every stakeholder in global agriculture with free and open digital tools and data,” said Sumer Johal, Executive Director of AgStack.

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Article: Linux Foundation launches open source agriculture infrastructure project

Food, Open Provisioning

Linux Foundation launches open source agriculture infrastructure project

The Linux Foundation has lifted the lid on a new open source digital infrastructure project aimed at the agriculture industry. The AgStack Foundation, as the new project will be known, is designed to foster collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture space, spanning private business, governments, and academia.

As with just about every other industry in recent years, there has been a growing digital transformation across the agriculture sector that has ushered in new connected devices for farmers and myriad AI and automated tools to optimize crop growth and circumvent critical obstacles, such as labor shortages.

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Article: When ICTs meet agriculture: Connected melon farmers bear fruit

Cities, Food, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space

When ICTs meet agriculture: Connected melon farmers bear fruit

The sun is rising on a Japanese rooftop fragrant with muskmelons. Amid the greenery, a network of monitors and sensors pulsates reassuringly. The idyllic, glass-enclosed roofscape provides a real-life platform for digital agriculture – one of many applications with the potential to feed smart cities of the future. But before this verdant vision can become reality, certain enabling conditions must be in place.

Current methods of smart city governance are challenged with huge volumes of accumulated data and fragmented “islands” of information and services increasingly straining the limits of operational management

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Article: HECTAR offers free design plans for open source hydroponics unit

Food, Open Provisioning

HECTAR offers free design plans for open source hydroponics unit

Described as an open-source hydroponics unit, the HECTAR vertical farm is designed especially for interiors to help more people grow healthy food from home. Sponsored by multinational technology company Huawei, the unit is inspired by open-source electronic and 3D-printing companies.

Open-source describes a type of computer softwarethat’s released under a special license made to be accessible to the public. HECTAR has since been selected as one of 25 companies in the Imperial College Venture Catalyst Accelerator, a competition for local entrepreneurs.

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