Factors to consider when integrating new technology in CEA

Factors to consider when integrating new technology in CEA

Commercial greenhouses have witnessed significant technological advancements in recent years, with the integration of IT, hardware and software technology playing a crucial role in optimizing operations and maximizing yields. However, introducing and integrating new technology into a greenhouse environment can be a complex process that requires careful consideration of various factors. 

Service Provider Factors

Choosing the right  technology provider and ensuring ongoing support is crucial for a successful implementation and continued integration.

  • Vendor Selection: Research and select reputable vendors with a proven track record in the greenhouse industry. Evaluate their expertise, customer reviews, and the extent of ongoing support they offer.
  • Technical Support and Maintenance: Assess the availability and responsiveness of the vendor's technical support team. Ensure they provide timely assistance, software/hardware updates, and bug fixes to address any issues that may arise.
  • Scalable Pricing Models: Consider the pricing structure of the software technology and assess its long-term cost implications. Look for flexible pricing models that align with your greenhouse's size, needs, and growth trajectory.

Understanding Human Factors

The success of any technology implementation depends on the acceptance and cooperation of the people who will be using it. 

  • Employee Training and Buy-in: Provide comprehensive training programs to familiarize greenhouse staff with the new software technology. Involve them in the decision-making process to gain their buy-in and address any concerns or resistance they may have.

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