“Our dashboards allow growers to go beyond monitoring real-time data. With Canobi AGRP™, they can use historical data for complex analysis to create optimized SOPs, playbooks, and recipes that will drive your automation, reduce risk due to human error, improve yields, shorten growth cycles, and let your team focus on higher-value work,” says Robin Vincent, CEO of Canobi AgTech.
Canobi AgTech is based in Maxville, Ontario, and aims to help indoor growers optimize their systems through integrated data collection, analysis, and feedback. The company was founded by Robin Vincent, a veteran in the field of enterprise resource planning (ERP) with six years of experience in consulting for indoor farm management.
Through his work with medical cannabis, Robin realized how important it is for indoor growers to have secure platforms that collect data and enable replicability from day to day. And so, the Canobi AGRPplatform was created.
A fully integrated solution
The vertical farming industry has seen its fair share of control systems, but few have yet to integrate all operations into a single platform. Canobi AgTech is looking to challenge the status quo.
“Canobi can provide sensors and automated dosing equipment and control your lighting and HVAC, or alternatively, the Canobi AGRP can integrate with your existing equipment to give you a data-rich, real-time visualization of what’s going on in your farm,” says Robin.
The Canobi AGRP platform can be used from any Internet-connected device, with Canobi’s sensors sending data wirelessly to base stations installed at the farm, which then feed data back to the company’s data centers. This data can then be compiled into user-friendly dashboards that can be customized to the grower’s content. Farm employees and managers can also conduct specific farming tasks, such as nutrient solution adjustment, through an application on any phone or tablet.
“The Canobi AGRP platform is agnostic as to the type of farm or growing system. Whatever your farm looks like and whatever crops you are growing, we can provide monitoring and data visualization to help you be more efficient,” explains Robin. We also offer a suite of software tools that help you handle the business side of your farm, from HR to supply chain, and record-keeping to root-cause analysis.”
The platform interface
Found what works? Repeat it!
To provide growers with best-in-class solutions, Canobi AgTech has established partnerships with multiple manufacturers, consulting firms, and technology companies such as Global Garden, GROWPIPES. Ubiquiti, Pacific Bloom Technologies, and Atlas Scientific. This has allowed the company to ensure that Canobi AGRP is compatible with a wide range of technologies and allows the growers to monitor and control a suite of parameters from a single platform. Should any parameter fall outside of the optimum range set by the grower, they receive an email or SMS message to that effect. The platform can be used to track both positive and negative events in the vertical farm, allowing growers to continuously improve their production strategies.
“The Canobi AGRP platform allows growers to track both positive events and negative events and then see the resulting impact on the crop. If you discovered a benefit to the crop, you can replicate those conditions because you have the data and the ability to program the automation to repeat it,” Robin notes.
What’s next for Canobi AgTech?
According to Robin, Canobi AgTech is looking for ways to further integrate automation and artificial intelligence into the platform, with the goal of automating an increasing number of farm operations to reduce the labor input. Canobi AgTech is looking to collaborate with robotics companies to solve labor challenges, specifically around the harvesting processes.
The company has customers around the globe and maintains that its technology is well suited to any environment. Canobi AgTech is actively targeting Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with the goal of being part of the local food movements in harsh environments.