OptoPartner Video - Indoor Grow Systems by Microclimates

Posted by Arun Sinha on Feb 17, 2021 1:00:00 PM

groov RIO provides a scalable automation architecture for their customers

Our next OptoPartner video installment is very unique in that it includes a live demo. Microclimates CTO and Co-Founder Loren West explains how more agriculture is “coming indoors”, as it allows growers more control over the food they produce. Automation plays a key role in this expanding business segment. The Microclimates control system is based around a software core that is delivered on Opto 22’s groov RIO, a platform that fits nicely into IIoT applications requiring simple data exchange between software or cloud applications and field I/O.

Also available is a Business Intelligence Server, that can gather up to five years worth of data and provides remote access. Take a look as Loren shows us the configurable mobile-ready user interface, which is the slickest HMI I’ve seen built natively into the groov RIO!

The demand for indoor farming is on the rise with food security, energy savings, water scarcity and supply chain risks as key drivers. With one unfortunate result of the pandemic being a surplus of empty retail space, I wonder if there is an opportunity there for forward-thinking, sustainability-focused entrepreneurs?


Microclimates OptoPartner video


Topics: Remote monitoring, Building management, IIoT, data visualization, industrial automation, OptoPartner, Edge I/O, OptoPartner video

Written by Arun Sinha

Arun is an engineer with over 30 years experience including instrumentation, controls & automation. He enjoys work, golf, music, movies, sports, playing guitar, friends & family, and fine cigars.
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