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TELOFARM, which was founded by Professor Junghoon Lee of Seoul National University, won the Grand Prize at the briefing session on 2017 university creative asset investment.

Writer : 관리자|Posted : 18.02.12|Total views : 168 reads

TELOFARM, which was founded by Professor Junghoon Lee of Seoul National University, won the Grand Prize at the briefing session on 2017 university creative asset investment.

- Operated high-tech city agriculture facilities with the support of Seoul
 - Lead the data industrialization of agriculture by applying sensor and IT technology

 

▲ Professor Junghoon Lee (left), The Award Ceremony (right)

 
The high-tech techniques have been successfully applied to the cultivation of agricultural food production facilities for the first time in the world.
 
Seoul National University College of Engineering (Dean Kookheon Char) announced on 20th that TELOFARM, which was founded by Professor Junghoon Lee of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won the Grand Prize (President of the Research Foundation Award) at the briefing session on 2017 university creative asset investment.
 
TELOFARM founded by Professor Lee, was launched as a subsidiary of Seoul National University Technology Holding Company (CEO Dongwon Park) on Feburary 21, and supported by TIPS (Tech Incubator Program for startup Korea) program. The company has successfully commercialized the agricultural sensor in about six months after its establishment and is already in the process of supplying the item. The company was awarded the Grand Prize by Ministry of Education thanks to its expandability and progressiveness, and the logical business plan.
 
Mass production process of TELOFARM’s agricultural sensor was developed by Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center. After inserting a thin micro-probe sensor like a hair on the stem of a plant, the flow rate of the water tube inside the plant and the concentration of the nutrient solution are measured. Based on this measured information, water and fertilizer supply are controlled to effectively minimize the drainage.
 
According to Professor Lee’s explanation, about 30 hectares of water and fertilizer nutrients are needed when growing tomatoes on an area of ​​about one hectare. When using the method of cutting-edge agricultural technology of Netherlands, which measures the sunlight to water plants, about 10 tons of nutrient solution is abandoned. On the other hand, when using the TELOFARM’s technology, the drainage can be maintained close to 0% without water shortage. In some cases, the ratio of the desired amount of drainage can be precisely controlled.
 
TELOFARM’s technology was transferred from the previous task, which was sponsored by Rural Development Administration. Currently, the company is trying to improve the technology with the financial aid of Rural Development Administration and Gwanak City Agricultural Research Institute. The MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) advanced technology was applied to this technology, and its effectiveness was approved in many farms.
 
Recently, the Rural Development Administration and Gwanak City Agricultural Research Institute applied this technology to tomato hydroponics to increase productivity and quality, and to minimize the amount of agricultural wastewater drainage. It successfully opened up a new chapter in urban agriculture as well as various house facilities agriculture, forest resources management, and extreme agriculture since it succeeded to cultivate crops over more than two cropping season for the first time in the world.
 
The technology is planned to enter the UAE, Vietnam, China, Russia and other countries with extreme climatic conditions with the support of the venture business support project of Ministry of SMEs and Startups.
 
Professor Lee said, “In the period when Korea’s IT technology is the world best, we (Korea) have opportunity to become a new frontier to lead the future humanity. We genuinely thank to the support of Rural Development Administration, Seoul National University Technology Holding Company, Gwanak-Gu and Seoul that makes all this possible. We will continuously step forward to makes Seoul the central part of the technology, which enables future humanity to live in the Mars.”
 
Meanwhile, Professor Junghoon Lee has been working as a professor of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University since 2004. He is the first person in the world who developed a technology for sensing internal bio-bodies for smart farms using MEMS advanced technology, and is called as "Steve Jobs" in the field of future high-tech agriculture.
 


▲ Crop cultivation in Gwanak City Agricultural Research Institute


Micro probe sensor measures the flow rate of the nutrient solution from the tomato stem

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