Today, it’s more critical that ever to maximize the quality and quantity of yields. Hindsight is 20 20, and clearly the high investments in smart agriculture were beneficial. However, don’t be mistaken, there is plenty of work still ahead.

One of the most fascinating growing trends in agriculture IoT is the smart greenhouse. When it comes to urban agriculture, the ability to scale to crop level is limited. With pollution and physical constraints crops are potentially hazardous for one’s health. Smart greenhouses are solving this problem with more and more projects grabbing momentum, proving better outcomes. Let’s start with the basics – a greenhouse is a glasshouse in which plants are grown in a controlled environment. It’s structure captures solar radiations and provides optimal conditions for plant growth. Well, the word optimal is suddenly questionable, since IoT is setting new standards that are higher than ever before.

The smart greenhouse is a self regulating controlled environment for optimal (this time I mean it) plant growth. Climate conditions such as temperature, luminosity, humidity and moisture are continuously monitored with a wireless sensor network and sent to the cloud. With IoT automation systems, corrective actions are made according to present measurements. In other words, the system is smart enough to take data based actions independently, reducing human intervention. Screening installations, heating, cooling, lighting, and more are controlled by a computer allowing maximum efficiency. Yes, you are reading correctly. A greenhouse could be left unattended for a year perhaps and flourish.

Specific environmental conditions are imperative for improved crop yields and effective use of resources. It seems that agriculture, the IoT senior, is not slowing down and will keep redefining the word ‘optimal’ in years to come. Want to know more? Contact the Atomation team of experts