Dutch company Blue Radix is making autonomous greenhouse management based on algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) available to the international greenhouse sector.
“We offer growers a digital brain for their greenhouse,” says Blue Radix Chief Executive Officer Ronald Hoek who, alongside co-founders Chief Product Officer Rudolf de Vetten and Chief Operations Officer Laurens van der Spek, is part of the Management Board of Blue Radix.
The Dutch company specialises in the application of artificial intelligence for the greenhouse sector. It has developed an algorithm-based Crop Controller, which steers the greenhouse installations autonomously.
“This enables growers to optimise their greenhouse climate, reduce water and energy consumption, and limit operational risks and their ecological footprint. They fully automate and achieve their planned crop strategy and benefit from financial optimisation in all areas,” says Hoek.
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Many companies offer data-driven growing and data platforms that provide growers with insights. Although offering dashboards, warnings and digital recommendations, these platforms still require growers to evaluate the data and perform the right actions themselves, says Blue Radix.
The company says its Crop Controller “truly understands the grower’s crop strategy and carries out the required actions completely autonomously. This means that growers can increase their span of control and reduce the company’s dependence on the availability of the ‘human’ grower’s expertise for its success.”
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With 15 employees, Blue Radix says it has a lot of experience in greenhouse horticulture and adds artificial intelligence to daily decisions and actions in the greenhouse. - Photo: Blue Radix
Autonomous control of the greenhouse
The autonomous control is also to guarantee the continuity of a grower’s company in the event of business succession. The data models control the systems in the greenhouse 24/7 and growers are supported by off-site operators with in-depth knowledge of crops, energy and data.
Our cloud-based solution instantly turns a regular greenhouse into a high-tech and data-driven one
These off-site operators provide a personal contact for customers and guarantee that the algorithms produce the right results, says Blue Radix. A grower does not need to purchase or install new hardware. “Our cloud-based solution instantly turns a regular greenhouse into a high-tech and data-driven one,” says Ronald Hoek.
Currently, Crop Controller is operating in several companies with tomato and cucumber crops in the Netherlands, says Hoek. “And we are receiving requests from various regions throughout the world, including Russia, China, Canada and the US.”