“We want to enable growers from the software side of things, allowing them to benchmark themselves with every harvest and forgo bringing in plant experts by focusing on their own historical data,” says David Ahmed, founder of hexafarms.
hexafarms is a technology company that has been working diligently since 2021 to develop user-friendly and highly advanced software solutions for vertical farms. The company is based in Berlin and currently has three employees.
hexafarms has developed a farm management software that controls various processes of indoor farming including irrigation, fertilizer dosing, lighting, carbon dioxide, yield predictions, etc. This is all made possible with the company’s advanced algorithms allowing the software to continuously collect data and improve farm operations to increase farm efficiency tenfold, according to hexafarms’ website. Powered by artificial intelligence and IoT, hexafarms’ software aims to surpass human intelligence and reduce the users’ time spent on data analysis and decision-making and at the same time producing more with the same amount or even less resources and energy.
The dashboard interface
“We collect an extensive amount of data on plant growth and growth conditions to interact with plant biology (phenomics) directly through physical conditions,” says David.
hexafarms’ software follows a “software as a service” model, or SaaS, whereby the software is centrally hosted by hexafarms and delivered to the growers on a subscription basis. This makes it easier for users to access the software anywhere, to install less physical equipment, and to receive user upgrades quickly and painlessly.
Hexafarms claims to already achieve higher than 97% accuracy in detecting plant growth using normal cameras. The above picture shows the 3D shape of lettuce plants generated by hexafarms’ computer vision algorithms. Besides growth, hexafarms’ AI/ML algorithms are consistently learning about nutrient deficiency, photosynthetic activity, etc.