IoT System Reduces Fish Death Rate at Iran Farm

When the proof-of-concept at Mahdasht Milk and Meat Complex finished earlier this year, the solution, provided by Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co. and using Libelium technology, was found to save labor time, reduce fish deaths and increase productivity.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 09, 2018

Information technology company Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co. (ASM), has completed a proof-of-concept (POC) project at an Iranian fish company to manage the conditions to which farm fish are exposed as they are raised in open pools. The POC found that the rate of fish deaths could be cut by 30 to 40 percent with the technology.

The Internet of Things (IoT) system consists of Libelium's Smart Water line of Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensors that employ long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) and cellular transmissions to capture and manage sensor data from a pool of water containing farmed fish.

A Smart Water sensor network was installed at a fish farm in Iran.
Some fish breeding in Iran is performed in natural pools filled approximately once a year and then emptied at the end of the breeding season. Because the system relies on natural water that is only replaced annually, the system is economical for fish growers, but requires monitoring to ensure the quality of the water, including not only temperature but toxicity.

Mahdasht Milk and Meat Complex completed a six-month POC of the IoT-based technology to manage the water conditions to which its fish are exposed, thereby ensuring the fish's health. The focus for Mahdasht was to automatically measure the water-quality parameters of its fish farm in northern Iran.

ASM's engineering team carried out the installation of the Smart Water monitoring system.
ASM offered the solution. The technology solutions company serves the smart-city, agriculture, husbandry, safety and security markets in Iran, among others. "We conducted this project at the customer's request," says Ali Bordbar, ASM's marketing and business development manager, "to reduce the damage caused by water pollution in fish breeding pools."

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