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  • Hitachi’s Advanced IT Technologies are Modernizing Japanese Agriculture

    Hitachi’s Advanced IT Technologies are Modernizing Japanese Agriculture

    Over the years, Hitachi has provided Japan with many advanced IT technologies that have helped modernize its agriculture sector. For example, Hitachi’s GeoMation Farm is an information management system that allows farmers to access critical information about land and crops - and helps farmers determine the best time to harvest. In 2013, Hitachi made a cooperative agreement with a new agricultural venture business, Granpa Corporation, whereby cloud services are provided to users of air-filled, high-tech greenhouses. Called Granpa Domes, the cloud helps producers manage the entire agriculture process from planting to processing to marketing.

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    By Hitachi September 29th 2014
  • Here’s One Efficient Way to Solve California’s Drought Problem

    Here’s One Efficient Way to Solve California’s Drought Problem

    In the midst of the worst drought in 50 years, California is looking for innovative ways to help grow its produce. WaterFX thinks it has the perfect solution. The company uses an ultra-efficient, solar-powered system that turns salt water into useable fresh water. This means farmers can produce water where it is needed most and won’t have to rely on aqueducts pumping water from hundreds of miles away. Energy efficient, inexpensive and sustainable, WaterFX hopes to produce 2 million gallons of water by the end of this year.

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    Read it on Fast Company September 10th 2014
  • Having a Robot in the House Keeps the Elderly Safe

    Having a Robot in the House Keeps the Elderly Safe

    An innovative smart technology project is underway in Sweden. Scientists are testing ways in which a robot can help an elderly person stay at home instead of being put into care. Using wall-mounted and pressure sensors placed around the house, along with a remote-controlled robot named Giraff, the system is able to monitor the person’s blood pressure, temperature, and other vital signs – and it makes sure appliances like the stove are turned off. Giraff also allows the person to communicate directly with a doctor or a loved one via a big screen.  

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    Read it on Popular Mechanics August 27th 2014
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