Growing the Future: MicroClimates and groov RIO

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Dec 9, 2020 7:43:18 AM

Industrial edge computing enables cutting-edge indoor agricultural control and business intelligence.

Indoor agriculture is more than just greenhouses now, and for good reason. As populations grow and food demand increases, supply chains become stressed. By moving agriculture indoors, food production can happen even in the middle of dense towns and cities where many food products are ultimately bound. And unlike Mother Nature, indoor environments can be controlled for consistent, efficient, year-round production.

But as you know, not all automation is alike. Traditional control systems designed for large-scale environments aren’t well-suited to the skillset or budget of many small, indoor grow operations, but on the other hand, more affordable solutions lack centralized integration. Solutions big and small also fail to provide the security, storage, and communication features that could support useful data collection for developing business intelligence (BI).

So when MicroClimates set out to design a scalable automation and BI solution to support the growing indoor ag industry, "we went out to look for the best of breed hardware to put our software onto and that's why we ended up with groov RIO", says Loren West, MicroClimates’s CTO.

With groov RIO, automation systems from MicroClimates enable rapid deployment and integration of indoor environmental control zones, including

  • Full-spectrum lights, climate sensors, nutrient delivery systems, HVAC, dehumidification and many other devices
  • Secure, multi-site data sharing for business intelligence and control
  • A common user interface accessible via desktop or mobile devices

Check out this video showing off MicroClimates's system and explaining how groov RIO fits into their solution:

We’re looking forward to more from the innovative design team at MicroClimates. Find them at www.microclimates.com or contact them by phone or email: (425) 931-3778 / support@microclimates.com.

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Topics: edge computing, groov RIO, HVAC, indoor agriculture

Written by Josh Eastburn

After 12 years as an automation engineer working in the semiconductor, petrochemical, food and beverage, and life sciences industries, Josh Eastburn works with the engineers at Opto 22 to understand the needs of tomorrow's customers.
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