Many new AI technology, software and hardware solutions are providing a breakthrough in many aspects in the greenhouse sector. But how do you make a wise choice as a greenhouse horticulture entrepreneur and what options do you have? What do you still want to manage in ownership yourself and what does this mean for connecting various technologies in the greenhouse? In this article, Laurens van der Spek, Chief Operations Officer at Blue Radix, tells us more about the opportunities of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service).
Revol Greens, the largest sustainable greenhouse lettuce grower in North America, has chosen Blue Radix to provide technology services to all of Revol’s US-based greenhouses. Blue Radix will offer artificial intelligence technology and services for Revol Green’s daily greenhouse operations including climate control, irrigation, and energy management. Revol Greens’ investment in AI will increase crop yield levels and reduce energy costs, furthering its mission to grow lettuce and greens in a more sustainable way that is better for people and the planet.
Hortibiz Daily News Editor Ece Polat talked with Blue Radix CEO and Co-Founder, Ronald Hoek, about the growth of the company and his vision on the use of AI in greenhouses. [MvR1] Ronald also explains why growers choose for autonomous growing and what the main differences are between data-driven and autonomous growing.
Microsoft wrote an article and made a video together with Blue Radix, about solving the increasing scarcity of skilled and experienced growers. Microsoft reached out 3 years ago to Blue Radix to develop a commercial version of an AI-driven solution for autonomous growing. This solidified the partnership and helped develop what would become the commercially available Crop Controller service. Read more on how Microsoft helps Blue Radix in enabling growers and greenhouse entrepreneurs to produce healthy and safe food for the growing world population.
The Commercial Greenhouse Grower magazine from the United Kingdom published an 2,5 page article about Autonomous Growing in their August issue. The article highlights the capabilities of modern algorithms and computer systems to manage and control greenhouse environments. Rudolf de Vetten, Chief Product Officer at Blue Radix, Silke Hemming, Head scientific researchteam Greenhouse Technology of WUR and David Wallerstein Chief Exploration officer of Tencent, among others, talk about the developments of autonomous greenhouses. From execution of Autonomous Growing in commercial greenhouses to the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenges and new projects and research.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly important in greenhouses. Smart algorithms, robotics and autonomous growing are therefore rightly getting a lot of attention in the media. But how do you determine what solution fits the challenges of your greenhouse(s) best? How do you make the right choices in the wide range of data solutions in these challenging times? You can now fill in the Quick Scan Autonomous Growing and you’ll receive a free personal consulting report about the applicability and added value in your greenhouse(s).
In July, Stolze Mexico and Blue Radix signed a distribution agreement for a long-term cooperation to bring Autonomous Growing to Mexican horticulture. From 10-14 October a joint team of the companies will visit multiple growers in the regions Queretaro, Guanajuato and Bajio together.
In April, an American film crew of 8 flew to the Netherlands to record a video on behalf of Microsoft about Blue Radix. Microsoft is partner of Blue Radix and helps us to ensure a robust, secure and scalable IT-landscape for our worldwide customers. The video was launched on July 19th during the worldwide Microsoft Inspire event for their global partner network. Watch the video here.
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.