Ways automation can help you reduce costs

Greenhouse automation should not be considered a panacea for all production-related problems, nor does it need to happen at all at once. That was one of many take-home messages delivered by a panel of controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology suppliers during the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in Brooklyn, NY, in June.

The panel's focus, "Reducing Costs and Solving Labor Challenges with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automation, and Robotics," was moderated by Robert Colangelo, CEO of Green Sense Farms Holdings, and featured Ken Tran, Chief Technology Officer at Koidra; Eric Adamson, co-founder and CEO of Tortuga AgTech; Jake Felser, Chief Technology Officer at Freight Farms; and Allison Kopf, Chief Growth Officer at IUNU.

Here is a breakdown of the discussion, which offered several insights into where the future of technology lies for the CEA and vertical farming industries.

On What Automation, AI, and Robotics Really Mean …

Adamson: "It's about hardware and software applied to a particular problem, and it's especially valuable if you can ID one task where it can be applied, rather than trying to solve all your problems at once."

Felser: "It's about ease of use, making farming bullet-proof, and addressing dull, dirty, and dangerous duties in your operation." 

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Source: Greenhouse Grower


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