Climate computers: flexibility and optical fibre

The choice for a climate computer is a complex one. There are many factors involved in this decision. These are mainly about the design. What do you want to control? How many outputs do you need? And above all: how flexible should the system be?

Greenspec responded to this last question with their climate computer. They felt the need among growers to have a flexible system, and developed the concept. Systems are designed for greenhouses from 1 to 20 hectares and for both the mid and high tech market. Titia Meuwese: "The software in our climate computer can handle everything. Regardless of the size of the unit. And if changes are needed in the functionality of the computer, this can be modified by the installer. Everything is already included in the standard software package."

The electronics are of Dutch manufacture, a free update of the software is available every 6 months.

Data communication with optical fibre
Traditionally, copper wire is used for data communication in greenhouses. Titia: "In Spain they see copper wire as a problem. Because the soil is (too) dry, it is difficult to ground those systems properly. And what happens during a thunderstorm? Growers run to the greenhouse and pull, hopefully on time, the plugs out. If they are not on time, and the lightning strikes nearby, then their entire installation is broken. By using optical fibre we can solve this problem." This is not a problem in the Netherlands where grounding is usually easy. Let's hope it stays that way, but with climate change it may become a problem in other countries as well.

Greenspec entered this market in 2009. They are a small player. Titia sees this as an opportunity; they can switch quickly and adapt and extend flexibly reacting on the additional demands for new features from their client network.

For more information:
Holland: +31 620 361 578
France: +33 610 155 523 

The Netherlands  - De Hoog Techniek B.V.
France - Verardo Sas
Spain - Himarcan
Germany - Alfred Angenendt Anlagentechnik

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