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A vertical farm as a big data source

"Growing is a top sport. Raising the bar, a little higher every time. That is only possible with the right information about growing conditions, performance, yield, and much more. Today’s information, but also information gathered in the past. In other words, data. More and more possibilities are available to collect data, such as cameras, sensors, PLC’s, and processing computers. And nowhere are these data so useful as in a vertical farm," shares Quinten van Senten, Data Expert at Bosman Van Zaal  

Optimal control of a vertical farm with data
Since a vertical farm is a fully closed growing environment without any external influences, according to Quinten, optimal control is essential. Moreover, it is relatively easy to acquire large quantities of accurate and reliable data in a vertical farm. Especially when comparing it to a more traditional greenhouse. And he who sows data can reap insight and therefore higher returns.

Quinten continues, everything starts with your vision of your company's future. Which market do you want to focus on? And what does that mean for cultivation, personnel, expenses, layout, or internal processes? Then it is a matter of data acquisition and the right data management platform. So that data also starts working for your company by creating insight.

The POLARIKS platform by Bosman Van Zaal
"For data management, Bosman Van Zaal offers the POLARIKS platform. This allows a production company to process, compare, and analyze data easily, clearly, and quickly for optimal cultivation. The platform makes the cultivation process manageable and the products traceable with the help of batch-driven data registrations. But other parts of operations can also be measured. Examples include labor, maintenance, energy costs and processing," he notes. 

The POLARIKS platform, therefore, consists of several modules: Data and Analysis, Digital Twinning, Predictive Maintenance and Performance Management, and Hyperspectral Image Recognition.

On top of that, the platform unlocks, organizes, compares, and displays the data in these modules, and presents this in a dynamic, customizable, and user-friendly user interface. Furthermore, POLARIKS is easy to scale up or down.

For more information:
Bosman Van Zaal
+31 297 344 344


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