Controlling growth while not being present at the growing location. It is possible, and it comes in handy in projects abroad, for example, or in large companies with multiple locations. In these types of situations, it is important that the growth manager has the knowledge of the measure and control techniques that are needed for them. They also need to know how to analyze and interpret the measurements and observations provided by the technique. All so they can intervene with the growing process of the crops to stimulate them based on the information provided. This makes growing remotely an interesting combination of botany and technique.
Growth manager of the future
At the CIV T&U, experts from the private sector (Delphy, LTO Groeiservice, and HVB Technologys) and education (Hogeschool InHolland, Prinsentuincollege, and Lentiz onderwijsgroep) have worked together to develop the course module 'Telen op afstand' (‘Growing at a distance’). In the module, all aspects of digitization in the field of horticulture are discussed. Teachers can use the module to expand on the basics. Students can choose ‘Telen op afstand’ as an elective.
The subject matter is very topical. Digitization is becoming more and more important in the Greenport. In the Dutch province of South Holland, for example, it has become one of the key points in the Roadmap Next Economy strategy. In this roadmap, multiple initiatives are being taken to use the data acquired by the technique, not only to control remotely but also to develop new innovative solutions. Under the name Tuinder Tom, a wide range of companies specializing in data and horticultural companies are working together to connect data, and based on this data, develop new products. For instance, Delphy, in cooperation with Florinco and B-mex, has developed an app for watering potted plants that is being tested by Kwekerij Zwethlande in Honselersdijk.