Smart sensors come to greenhouses

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Autogrow has released a wireless smart sensor giving greenhouse operators high-density microclimate data which can help improve yield, quality and decision making.

The Folium sensor gathers environmental data including temperature, humidity, CO2, PAR, RAD and barometric pressure, which growers can view on a heatmap — immediately seeing differences across their grow areas.

“We’ve advocated for a long time in the industry that you can’t manage what you don’t measure and the decisions you make are only as good as the sensor technology gathering the data,” said chief executive officer Darryn Keiller. “Folium will go a long way to giving growers actionable data using state-of-the-art heatmapping technology. It reveals what the eye can’t see.”

Folium’s target customer is large greenhouse growers who, because of the size of their operations, require high density climate data to ensure all areas of their facilities are providing the optimal environment for growth.

Chief technology officer Jonathan Morgan noted that sensor technology can be complex but the experience for the grower should be easy and meaningful.

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