Veea Inc., a provider of integrated smart edge connectivity, computing and security technologies for edge and cloud, and Trilogy Networks, a provider of an Edge Delivery Platform, announced that their end-to-end precision agriculture solution is now available.
Trilogy Networks gives enterprises a new way to collect, compute, transport, and protect data at the edge to improve operational efficiency and lower costs. While Veea provides a unified computing and communications fabric that enables any cloud to any endpoint and device at the edge.
Veea and Trilogy have partnered with Microclimates, a company that specializes in all phases of data gathering and process control for climate-controlled environments, to package their combined precision agriculture solution with Microclimates’s affordable, scalable universal control system that monitors the temperature, humidity, CO2, watering and ambient light, which can include hundreds of sensors, with 24/7 monitoring and alerts.
The packaged solution has been implemented with Hurst Farms & Greenery, a Westboro, Missouri-based business that operates 30 greenhouses comprising 130,000 square feet under cultivation. Hurst also operates over 1,000 acres of corn and soybean crops.
Challenges for Greenhouse Operators
Before the advent of precision cultivation solutions, operators struggled with no uniform temperature measurement, no real-time information, and significant and rapid risings costs to heat greenhouses during winter.
Humidity has been another significant challenge; with no ability to uniformly and consistently measure humidity, it has been extremely difficult to maintain humidity in a range that maximizes plant growth.
With Trilogy’s FarmGrid solution, enabled by Veea and enhanced by Microclimates, operators of indoor cultivation and farming, especially for high-value crops, benefit from private enterprise wireless connectivity (including 5G), wireless controllers that can be programmed to turn heaters and vents off and on, based on rules, and readings from temperature sensors which instrument greenhouse environments and feed autonomous systems.
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Microclimate’s technology brings in a dashboard that gives users full control and allows them to set rules
“Trilogy brought us a complete greenhouse automation solution, integrating Veea’s edge and cloud computing and orchestration capabilities, and Microclimate’s software and sensors system fully integrated, which simplified the initial implementation and ongoing monitoring and management,” said Blake Hurst. “We quickly recognized savings and are now scaling up given the benefits – healthier plants, increased revenue, energy, and water cost savings, and productivity gains given the automation and ability to remotely monitor and control all our greenhouses.”
“Working together with the teams at Hurst Greenery, Veea and Microclimates has been a tremendous experience,” said Venky Swaminathan, co-founder, and CTO at Trilogy. “Converging wireless connectivity, cloud capability, device interactivity, and data security into a digital experience is a team sport, and we couldn’t have had a better team in place to imagine, engineer, deploy and scale this proven system. We look forward to supporting this generational, family business for years and decades to come, delivering long-term value through better business outcomes.”
“Veea is honored to have contributed to this solution,” said Mark Tubinis, Chief Commercial Officer, Veea. “Together, we are unlocking significant, sustainable value through the digital transformation of greenhouse operations which is impacting the ability for businesses like Hurst Greenery to improve yields, assure quality, and operate profitably. With precision horticulture solutions and with real-time data leveraged along with automation to ensure predictable growth, farmers can do more for less and grow their businesses even as they grow premium plants and produce. We look forward to partnering with this extraordinary assembly of companies to further advance the precision horticulture and agriculture industries.”
“Our platform is ideal for this scenario,” said Neda Vaseghi, CEO at Microclimates. “With modular and open software and sensor applications, we instrument the environmental automation for everything from lighting to irrigation, nutrient dosing, predictive alerting, and data-driven solutions. Given the global need for food security and safety and the increasing importance of indoor farming, especially in the regions hardest-hit by climate change, including droughts, floods, wildfires, and more, this team has built and proven a repeatable solution that can make a world of difference in the years to come.”
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