Case study

STAN Systems achieves simple, speedy, and powerful edge computing

Japan's STAN Systems develops a wide range of ICT business solutions. It has been using HPE Edgeline GL20 IoT Gateway in a Smart Plant demonstration experiment for an LED plant factory run by the Tokushima Prefecture. Now an HPE OEM partner, STAN Systems plans to apply this solution to other areas and to contribute to industrial development in Tokushima.

Challenge

Computing support for industrial environments
STAN Systems develops a wide range of ICT business solutions, focusing on systems integration and is especially dedicated to providing system solutions to corporations in its local Shikoku region of Japan. One of these is the Tokushima Prefecture. With the regional expansion of Internet of Things (IoT), Tokushima Prefecture launched the Tokushima IoT Promotion Network in 2018. This is a data sharing foundation that saves and organizes data acquired from various sensors in one batch, and is open for free to corporations, municipalities, and universities in the prefecture.
"In the primary industries working in nature such as agriculture, fishery and forestry, there are major issues like reduced crop yields due to climatic variation and lack of successors," says Atsushi Manabe, executive director and COO of STAN Systems. "Tokushima is no exception to this, and amidst this sense of impeding crisis, industry, government, and academia are cooperating to utilize IoT to support industries and improve the quality of living in a variety of aspects."
To support this work, STAN Systems has been conducting a Smart Plant demonstration experiment using Light Emitting Diodes (LED). Temperature sensors, humidity sensors, CO2 sensors, moisture sensors, pH sensors, conductivity sensors, LED light devices, and web cameras are installed in the factory and cultivation-related data from each of the devices is automatically collected and analyzed. In one demonstration experiment to grow strawberries from seeds, it was possible to shorten the normal harvest time by 1.4 months. Also, in co-operation with Shikoku University, the Smart Plant was used to grow indigo leaves which are used in dyes.
"The indigo plant is a specialty of Tokushima. We selected this product because there is a lot of attention on Japan Blue for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and this attention will only increase from a health perspective as well, due to the uses of indigo dye," explains Manabe.