Taiwan-based company Hugreen has cooperated with Netherlands-based developers of greenhouses to make greenhouses smart through establishing sensing networks and monitoring systems, according to company founder and CEO Clement Lee.
Netherlands-based greenhouse developers have advanced agricultural technology, proprietary crop varieties and global sales channels, but basically rely on manual labor to manage greenhouses, adding Hugreen's capability in setting up LoRa-based sensing networks and related monitoring systems exactly complements their strengths.
Sensors can monitor soil conditions, including moisture, temperature, acidity and fertilizers, with data collected transferred via LoRa for analysis to control optimal soil conditions. In addition to fixed sensors, mobile cameras are used to go around greenhouses to take photos for comparison with sensing data. Hugreen has passed Netherlands-based greenhouse developers' testing of sensing accuracy and data transmission for resulting cooperation.
A 160-hectare greenhouse in Shanghai, China has adopted more than 1,600 sensors and 1,900 smart switches supplied by Hugreen, which has also helped it analyze optimal methods and conditions for growing 67 varieties of vegetable and fruit, Lee indicated.