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Data platform Pylot continues expansion to eight countries

Within a year of its introduction, the KUBO Pylot data platform has been embraced by growers in eight countries, taking the number of greenhouses using Pylot to 61. KUBO’s objective was to develop a user-friendly software platform to bundle growing greenhouse data streams, producing output that makes things easier for growers as well as providing increased insight to investors. The platform can be used for the five main vegetable growing industry crops.

With Pylot, KUBO provides a link between management information and climate computer output, including heat, light, feed and energy data. Marc Rooijakkers, Pylot Business Manager: "Growers use various systems, programs and documents to collect data, such as data on plant growth, anticipated harvest and actual harvest. The daily challenge for growers is to link this information with climate data including CO2, temperature and irrigation. Pylot combines this information and presents it in a clear dashboard, providing growers with both insight and an overview for decision making. It enables you to improve cultivation methods as you can see the impact of any changes on the harvest."

With Pylot, the greenhouse builder from Monster brings combining all this information within reach of a large group of growers. "Pylot comes into its own when growers want to take data integration steps to make their work easier. That is the category we’re focusing on."

Interesting for investors
This is why Marc expects Pylot to be interesting for both the domestic and international markets. "It has advantages for growers, as well as for investors and external cultivation consultants who want to monitor data remotely so that they can offer recommendations."

As greenhouse builder KUBO’s turnover is mainly in far-off markets, the international roll-out will see the Pylot program being available in five languages, including Chinese. Pylot also communicates with all prominent climate computer brands that are used across the world: Priva, Hoogendoorn, Hortimax, Fito (Russia) and Argus (America). For now, with Pylot, the company is focusing on five main crops: tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, aubergine and lettuce.

PYLOT 2.0 introduction
During the platform development, KUBO benefited from expertise and specialists from entirely different sectors, including the car industry. And the data platform is still in development. The updated version 2.0 is due for release and contains various improvements and expansions. Marc Rooijakkers: "Growers across the world have no problems interpreting data correctly from the program. The platform is considered user-friendly and growers find that Pylot makes growing easier. Moreover, we also offer extensive training as part of the Pylot implementation."

There has also been a significant focus on data security of data stored in the cloud. "If you want to go further in interpreting information, you can call on KUBO Smart Growing. They offer services to growers when starting to use Ultra-Clima greenhouses and can also help with remote monitoring. Our specialists can monitor business operations remotely and advise growers accordingly."

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