Banoo, as an IoT-based fisheries technology start-up by UGM students and alumni, has successfully qualified as a finalist for the 2020 MIT Solve Sustainable Food Systems Challenge.
MIT Solve Sustainable Food Systems Challenge 2020 is a form of competition that proposes to find the best technology-based social start-ups worldwide. In the competition held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Banoo team accomplished in eliminating 2,600 registrants from 135 countries and became the only delegate from Indonesia.
The Banoo team consists of UGM students and alumni, namely Fajar Sidik (2012 Mechanical Engineering alumnus), Azellia Alma Shafira (Management alumnus 2016), Lakshita Aliva Zein (Fisheries 2016), Muhammad Adlan Hawari (2015 Electronics and Instrumentation alumnus), and Fakhrudin Hary Santoso ( Fisheries Alumnus 2015)
Azellia reported that their motivation for the IoT-based fisheries technology development was due to their concern about the condition of fishery cultivation in Indonesia, which has not yet been optimal because of the conventional and extensive fish farming system. In fact, Indonesia has plentiful fishery potential.
“This innovation can develop a more efficient, intensive, and inclusive aquaculture ecosystem. Thus, it can improve the welfare of fish farmers,” she explained on Friday (11/9).
Besides, the technology developed can improve the quality of pool water automatically. Farmers can harvest fish in larger quantities and in a shorter time using this technology’s implementation.
“Banoo can boost the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water so that fish growth can grow by up to 40 percent. Besides, farmers can harvest the fish harvest shorter by only three months,” she revealed.
She explained that Banoo is equipped with micro bubble generator technology, increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water. Then, the IoT sensor can automatically turn on the microbubble generator. Meanwhile, the energy source uses solar panels so that it not only intends to save electricity, but Banoo can also be used in remote areas where there has not been sufficient electricity.
Translator: Natasa A