Smart greenhouses – transforming agricultural production

Smart technologies and IoT are the fastest-growing technological trend that’s being used for the improvement of human life and of many different industries. Studies show that over 40% of US residents use a type of smart tech in their homes so that they could ease and improve their everyday life and allocate the time saved to something more valuable. Corporate business in every industry keeps adopting smart tech to further optimize processes and raise efficiency. This can especially be noticed in the areas of industrial production and agriculture.  

Innovative IoT solutions help agricultural producers achieve greater results, as well as better yields. Smart tech agriculture is automating agricultural processes, and it’s changing the entire sector from the inside.

Smart greenhouses serve as a perfect example. According to new data, published by the market research group „Zion Market Research“, it’s estimated that the global market of smart greenhouses shall rise to $1.3 billion by 2022. Europe had a big jump in smart greenhouse demand in 2016, in part, because of great food demand from Germany, UK, France and Spain. It’s predicted that the Asian-pacific region will be the next fastest-growing greenhouse horticulture market in the coming years.
It’s estimated it will be worth $12.76 billion by 2025.

The food market of today demands strictly controlled quality, which can only be achieved in controlled production conditions.

The process of constructing a greenhouse itself hasn’t changed much in the last decade, and neither has its purpose. They serve to help grow crops for a longer period of time, through the year, by creating a controlled microclimate. And although their function hasn’t changed, greenhouses have gone through significant changes in the last several years. From the introduction of partial automation to fully autonomous smart systems.

Modern greenhouses are able to control and optimize environmental factors that affect the crops in different stages of a plants growth, such as temperature, moisture, soil structure, and quality, airing out space, lighting and many more. All this ensures the optimal plant growth conditions and efficient energy use.

State-of-the-art smart greenhouses are automated and allow producers remote access, to control the climate conditions and crop growth using an app. The trend of today is the automated microclimate greenhouse control. Tracking, storing and analyzing all the relevant greenhouse data for a longer time period is unlocking the possibilities of software technology application to ensure quality and yield. Remote data access is now a standard smart greenhouse functionality.
And IoT is not the only thing that the fourth industrial revolution will bring to agriculture production, other, new, technologies such as AI, machine learning (ML) and robotization (RO) will join it.
These technologies will run and enhance the smart systems of the current generation.

Investing in smart greenhouse systems is inevitable. The investments may be significant and unavoidable, however, what they guarantee is a return of investment.

The main motivators for smart technology greenhouses today are

  • The demand for a controlled yield quality and production growth
  • Global climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Lack of workforce

There is a growing demand for a sustainable solution centered on controlled crop growing.
This solution offers new possibilities and production opportunities for people working in agriculture. The market is asking specifically for products whose quality is controlled and grown in optimized conditions. The big producers know this, and they are transforming their production.

The smart greenhouse is that solution.

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