On 15th May, BLOCK71 in collaboration with Amikom Business Park held an online sharing session with the topic of IoT in Agriculture and Aquaculture. IoT (Internet of Things) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical, and digital machines provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
Our featured speakers, Herawan Caraka, CEO of Unafeed, a startup that helped Unagi Eel cultivation to increase their profit and be sustainable through IoT and M. Ramadhani, Co-Founder of PT JMI with its product Simonkori, a tool that is used to monitor hydroponic gardens with effective and efficient management to improve yields both in quality and quantity, shared their journey to build a startup in the field where it mainly focused on manual labor.
In this session, our featured speakers shared several points about their experience of using IoT in sectors that are not familiar with the technology. Caraka pointed out that Unagi eel breeders have a significant difference after being introduced to the system. Unafeed provides an easier way for the breeder to establish a better quality product that can be exported. Proving to the breeders about the result of the outcome is a way to convince them to use their products.
Caraka and Dhani both agreed that gaining investors is not the goal, rather than a consequence of having a good startup, as long as our product is useful and therefore solves the problem that is available in the field of interest.
To conclude, IoT is used to simplify the process and boost the productivity of the clients, and will not replace manual labor, it’s about how well we can utilize the technology and help those who are in need to be more productive and effectively use their resources.