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Cost Savings Go Real-Time: Smart Gardening Tools Now at Home Depot

May 07, 2015

Real time communications are almost always associated with business and human to human interactions. But the real potential with WebRTC lies even further beyond these communications means to include machine to machine, person to machine, and more. This connection between WebRTC and IoT is not only innovative, it’s also quickly changing the way we communicate with and manage so many things in our daily lives.

Today WebRTC is being used for distance learning in the education setting as well as for telemedicine capabilities to expand the reach of doctors and medical care and it’s even being used to help with management of natural resources.  This last point is an especially important focus for U.S. households who are trying to cut waste and save money.

In light of this, Green IQ, an Israeli IoT startup offers a smart garden solution to help those who have a green thumb monitor their water usage.

The company also recently partnered with IFTTT (If This Then That) for a new service that will soon take GreenIQ into the home. The second generation of the Smart Garden Hub is being described as the, "Nest for the Garden” and retails for $249 nationwide. It is immediately available online at The Home Depot.

While ideal for home owners, the solution is also offered to help professional gardeners, irrigation companies, commercial real estate and municipalities by giving better control of irrigation scheduling via Wi-Fi and the Internet.

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The Hub can be controlled from anywhere via a Web app and can be connected to other sensors like soil moisture sensors and rain gauges in real-time, so the best watering predictions are made.

Not only can improving water usage help cut down on costly utility bills but it’s also vital in places like California due to a drought, where it has become a mandate to conserve water usage.

Already, GreenIQ has helped customers save over two million gallons of water since beta launch last summer.

The idea behind the solution was originally to allow, “easy control of an irrigation system via a smartphone, while also being able to dynamically respond to ground conditions and weather forecasts," said Odi Dahan, founder and CEO of GreenIQ.

"It is our mission to make gardens smarter and allow people to feel more connected to their gardens, while protecting the planet at the same time."


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