Our Work Together
nquiringminds needed help to build on their agricultural concept,and work in a place where they could interact with fellow innovators. They recognised Digital Catapult could assist with both of those requirements.
nquiringminds were developing an early prototype for a technology solution to a worldwide agricultural problem – drying and storing grain optimally. Minimising energy usage, reducing spoilage and increasing yield. This is a problem that nquiringminds is perfectly set up to tackle, combining low cost Internet of Things solutions with advanced Artificial Intelligence powered analytics along with customised hardware.
Digital Catapult worked with nquiringminds to apply for the Euro CPS Seed Funding. The fund’s purpose is to support SMEs looking to develop industrial experiments and innovations. The initial seed fund they secured enabled an eight-month project cycle involving the design, development, deployment and testing of a complete agricultural monitoring system. The seed funding led directly to subsequent project funding totalling 1.5m investment from Innovate UK.
Digital Catapult’s mentors provided ongoing support throughout, helping to keep the team focused and on track to deliver the project.
nquiringminds used their InterliNQ IoT middleware to build both the IoT routers and the temperature/humidity sensors, which monitor and control the grain drying process. All of the data is fed into nquiringminds’s Trusted Data Exchange (TDX). The TDX is used to store both the historical and real time data.
This same platform allows this data to be shared, analysed and visualised at scale.