Technology Roadmap

2020

Phase - Apollo Release: (March-August 2018)

  • Status - Planning phase

The release focus on an autonomy withing a swarm of integrated Ceres devices operating on an occasionally connected or remote network. Several networking and network management technologies designed to enable a robust full-autonomous semi-connected farm, are planned for this release.

2019

Phase - Prometheus Release: BloomBox Pilot (March-August 2018)

  • Status - Pilot successfully completed

The focus will be on a live in-farm testing of a BloomBox pump controller on a groundnut farm in Madathukumal (Tamilnadu). A crop model for groundnut was developed and a crop was autonomously irrigated during the entire Kari season.

2018

Phase 2 - Zeus Release: Hera Re-Implementation (Jan-Oct 2018)

  • Status - Lab testing successful (Oct 2018)

The focus was on the re-architecture of Hera, for a lean, stable and scalable version of the operating system, ready for pilot deployment in up to a farms across India by Q3'18.

2017

Phase 1 - Hera Release: Technology Evaluation (Aug-Oct 2017)

  • Status - Architecture unsatisfactory (as of Oct 12, 2017)

A prototypical version of Hera has been developed as part of Ceres (version 0.3). This however has not achieved our design goals. The implementation of Ceres on ESP8266, our target platform needs to be significantly optimized. Memory limitations on the ESP8266 significantly curtails the implementation of our solution. We are looking into topograpical, architectural and/or platform (move to ESP32) changes to work around the limitations.

Hera now involves over 120k LOC. As such, the current image is unstable because it uses 78% of the global memory. The Hera version will need to be trimmed down by another 20% for it to be considered stable. The next version of the software, available by Jan 2018 will be a significantly slimmed down version of this operating system.