It is exactly five years ago that five international teams had the opportunity to deliver a unique achievement in Bleiswijk during the very first Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge: remotely controlling a greenhouse without entering the greenhouse. What everyone thought would take years suddenly turned out to be possible. Five successful crops were delivered, in some cases with a better cultivation result than achieved by the growers who implemented classic climate control. Fast forward to 2023. We are now five years further. Time moves fast. What happened during that time, and what did we learn about Autonomous Growing within Blue Radix? We would like to share these five lessons!
Who’s actually owner of greenhouse data? A very logical question that many growers ask us when they get started with autonomous growing by Crop Controller. In this, Blue Radix makes no concessions whatsoever. The data is and remains the grower’s! The data of the growers’ crop strategy is the DNA of the company and this is also how they strengthen their competitive position in the market. Read more in the blog of Rudolf de Vetten, CPO of Blue Radix, about the different business models and what agreements growers can make to benefit of the worth of their data.
Many companies have been hit hard by the soaring energy prices caused by the war in Ukraine and the energy transition. This requires continuous consideration of crop data, weather data and costs. Rudolf de Vetten describes in his blog how algorithms are able to make these trade-offs continuously and perform the right actions 24/7. This way growers can achieve optimal control of the climate much more precisely per department, resulting in significantly less energy waste.
Algorithms determine our daily lives increasingly: they guide your choice of music, interests, the job vacancies you see and what you order for dinner. It’s all very convenient, but is it desirable? In the blog of Rudolf de Vetten, Chief Product Officer, he explains the way in which Blue Radix uses the algorithms. That’s really different. We take the grower’s unique crop strategy as a starting point. That results in a solution that allows growers to determine the direction and what is important.
An autonomous greenhouse consists of many components and domains, like robotics, sensors and data-driven installations, all of which must ultimately work together. Data is the connecting factor here, and is therefore very valuable. But who actually owns the data? And how do you reach agreements on this as a grower? Which agreements does Blue Radix have with growers about data ownership? You can read more about this in the Blog of Ronald Hoek.
What does it mean to trust algorithms as a grower? Are you surrendering to a black box? You don’t want to trust something that you don’t understand. The question is: does it work that way? Do you not trust technology until you fully understand how it works? Read more in the blog written by Rudolf de Vetten, Chief Product Officer at Blue Radix.
When electric cars began to appear about 10 years ago, the various market parties were busy developing their own own plugs, their own charging stations, their own ways of settling accounts with consumers. Complexity at its best. Fortunately, the market came to the conclusion that the growth of electric driving depends on good infrastructure and cooperation. In greenhouse horticulture we can learn a lot from this interoperability How and what? Read more in CEO Ronald Hoek’s blog.
A blog by Rudolf de Vetten, Chief Product Officer at Blue Radix. Does it still make sense for experienced growers to spend their valuable time determining climate setpoints? Time for a completely different approach! How? More in this blog.
We work a lot with data in the greenhouse. More and more. There are often problems around working with data where quality is almost always the reason. In this blog Ronald discusses the solutions.
Laurens van der Spek is Chief Operations Officer at Blue Radix. In this blog he describes what the rise of artificial intelligence means for greenhouse horticulture. What skills will be needed in the greenhouse of the future?