Blog Post No. 1: RotoGro Update
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RotoGro is moving forward, continually cultivation relationships and innovating our technology. This post will provide you with some high-level updates with respect to Canniberia Ltd. And Verity Greens Inc, as well as provide you with insight into RotoGro’s internal operations in a number of respects.
Our first European venture, situated in Portugal, is a promising one. RotoGro’s design team are working closely with the Canniberia team to confirm the final interior arrangement for RotoGro’s patented and proprietary equipment. Canniberia’s first order will be 72 Model 420 Rotational Garden Systems, along with RotoGro’s fertigation system, which will automate and optimize the entire crop feeding process throughout the facility. Canniberia is in communication with Infarmed I.P., Portugal’s federal cannabis cultivation licensing authority to secure their “pre-licence”, which will trigger the first technology shipment. Recent country-wide lockdowns in Portugal, which have caused government processing delays, was an unforeseen circumstance, but RotoGro and Canniberia continue to work diligently to streamline all processes and communication to expedite the issuance of the “pre-license”.
RotoGro’s engineering team is working closing with Verity Greens throughout their full-spectrum market analysis. This market analysis is being conducted to provide Verity Greens with the information necessary to decide on a location for their first indoor vertical farm, which will encompass a phase one buildout of 624 Model 710 Rotational Garden Systems and supporting, automated equipment. This facility will then be scaled to encompass an additional 1248 Model 710’s for a total of 1872 Garden Systems facility-wide upon completion. We are looking forward to Verity Greens finalizing their market analysis shortly to formalize our schematic drawings for the facility build-out.
Software: RotoGro’s in-house software development team decided that our Enterprise Edition iGrow Software needed an update to a more user-friendly platform with additional security and operational features.
For those of you new to the use of software throughout the plant cultivation process, here’s a relatively simple explanation: the iGrow software system allows cultivators to control various aspects of the grow remotely – this means reducing the traditionally necessary hands-on labour required during plant cultivation cycles. The iGrow software system is specific to cannabis cultivation operations. Through our software interface, growers can control both the Model 420IT and the environmental controls in each grow room in which the Model 420s are situated. The iGrow software can control lighting schedules (timing and spectrums), garden revolution speed, plant nutrient management system feed delivery (timing and amounts), as well as the environment within the room, including temperature, humidity, dehumidification, CO2 delivery, etc. This software can also pre-program entire cultivation cycles, or use the pre-set parameters suggested by RotoGro’s plant science team. The simplest way to imagine how it works is this: cultivators using RotoGro’s technology when cultivating cannabis can select the strain their cultivating – for our purposes, let’s call this “Black Romulan” (also RotoGro’s proprietary genetics strain of high-value cannabis) – toggle that strain, whereby the software system will then pre-program the entire cultivation cycle. This includes lighting timing times and intensities, plant feeding schedules, and the environment in the room, all of which vary from day-to-day or week-to-week throughout the entire cultivation cycle. Once pre-programmed, the cultivation cycle becomes completely automatic, including automatically adjusting each of the variables we just mentioned to optimize plant growth throughout the cycle. The iGrow software requires only monitoring – if a problem occurs, say for example a light loses power in growing room 3, pod number 4, unit number 1, the system (in conjunction with its innovative sensors) will alert the grower to the specific problem in the specific unit. Incredible, right?
These innovative, game-changing software features, when coupled with RotoGro’s Rotational Garden Systems, become an integral part of the Company’s technology offerings. Automating the cultivation process removes unnecessary human intervention and associated labour costs, not to mention decreases the potential to introduce pests or other annoyances into your cultivation rooms by limiting the need for humans to enter them. This is why RotoGro’s software team is working diligently on completing the new user interface, which will also introduce additional features, including the ability to vary the lighting spectrum in RotoGro’s new LED lighting system incorporated into each Model 420, and security updates.
Fertigation System: the production team is working on updating RotoGro’s in-house fertigation system. Updates will include the way in which the plumbing for the system is installed, new liquid holding tanks, and an updated water recirculation cleaning system. This new system will improve the nutrient delivery process flow, optimizing the entire plant growth cycles within the Garden Systems, all while doing so automatically, controlled through RotoGro’s iGrow software.
The indoor vertical farming industry is booming. RotoGro’s technology is the optimal technology to be utilized in this space, increasing yield per m2 while simultaneously decreasing operational costs. Our customers, partnerships, and joint ventures continue to progress well. RotoGro will continue to update the market via public announcements and this blog as our exciting progress continues to evolve.
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