Create an architecture and reference set of open functionality that can be snapped together that allow gardening or farm or livestock data to be collected, automated and manual actions to be taken based on that data, and models/analytics to be created, improved, and shared based on that data.

Step-by-step guide

Starting with scenarios/use cases/problem statements, a solution will be described.  This solution will be decomposed into standalone, re-usable reference components that can be worked on in isolation and in parallel, and then combined into both a desired solution and into other, unanticipated solutions due to the generalized nature of the components.  Naturally, all actual and de-facto standards should be utilized and/or created during this process.

  1. Define and create core systems
    1. Edge Node - system that connects to devices and extends network
    2. Configurator (pairing assistant) - portable interface to assist in device on-boarding
    3. Edge Gateway - central compute system on farm
  2. Edge Device - (fixed-function) system that collects data or provides actuator
  3. Plant Record - standard data structure for capturing plant lifecycle data
  4. Plot Record - standard data structure for capturing data about a single location where plants are growing
  5. Plant Identification Database - standardized and global resource for storing attributes for all plant types
  6. Events or Triggers
  7. Actions or Desired Results
  8. Workload Configurations and Categorization
  9. Policy Creation and Categorization
  10. Reporting
  11. Analytics or Machine Learning
  12. UI (User Interfaces)

Architecture Design

First session: July 26, 2022 

Attendees: Joe PearsonShaun Greene

Recording: 60 minutes

Diagrams:, ask for access


Second session: August 23, 2022

Attendees: Joe PearsonDavid C. MartinShaun Greene, David

Recording: 48 minutes

Topic: Use Case: Watering needs of peach orchard in TX


Third session: September 6, 2022

Attendees: Joe Pearson and Jeff Lu

Recording: none

Topic: Work breakdown of Scenario 1B, documented in GitHub Issue #1.


Fourth session: September 20, 2022

Attendees: Joe PearsonDavid C. MartinCharlie Lindahl, Luke Schantz

Recording: (started late) 16 minutes

Topic: Visual analytics, camera devices, use cases


Fifth session: October 4, 2022

Atteendees: Joe PearsonDavid C. MartinJeff Lu, Luke Schantz

Recording: 57 minutes

Topic: Installing and configuring "hzn-cli" container (which will eventually  be used to connect sensors to data collection platforms)




Sixth session: December 6, 2022

Attendees: Joe Pearson, David C. Martin , Charlie Lindahl , Jeff Lu , Dr. Daniel Eberz

Recording: 32 minutes

Topics: DLR code contribution, QR Code Generator