“Over the last years, we developed several models and tools to support growers in optimizing their cultivation and to stimulate a digital transformation in greenhouse horticulture. Examples of this are the Delphy Dashboard, QMS Tomato/Cucumber, the Climate Profiler and the Climate Controller", says Max van den Hemel, cultivation engineer with Delphy Digital.
"First, we start with making the cultivation strategy by using QMS (Quality Management System). Then, all data sources and models are configured and presented in the Delphy Dashboard. If everything is set up correctly and a certain test period is over, step by step we take over the controls in the greenhouse towards a fully autonomous climate and irrigation control. In the operational phase, we as Delphy Digital monitor the cultivation of distance based on the information in the Dashboard. Your people are responsible for the crop registrations and the management of labor. Especially in times with COVID-19, where we as Delphy are not able to be present on location, this shows the potential of autonomous growing and consultancy on distance. So, Green Digitalisation can make you as an organization less dependent on green fingers and the role of a grower will become more scalable.”
“All these components integrated together will bring us to autonomous greenhouse management. Delphy takes the position to translate data into decisions, where the plant is leading. The data can come from several suppliers and the decisions or actions go to control systems.
You can watch my complete presentation on the Delphy YouTube channel to learn more about the development of Delphy and Delphy Improvement Centre in data-driven cultivation management. The world and our sector are changing. Delphy, and young people working in this field like me and my co-presenter and colleague consultant Joris Mulders, want to not only cope with this change but actually lead in it. Seizing new opportunities and redefining the tomato industry.
In the second half of this year, we are planning to start a new round of pilots with a group of tomato and cucumber growers."