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Freight Farms: Innovative Agriculture through the IoT

Xively (Google)
Freight Farms: Innovative Agriculture through the IoT
Quality Assurance
Precision Farming
Freight Farms’ goal was to create a connected farming environment that was simple to set-up, highly responsive, easy to scale, and would offer a path to future features and services - from day-to-day operations, to support, to growing optimizations, connecting their farms delivers an even greater experience to their farmers. After internal constraints for the hours of support required to build, integrate and maintain their own IoT solution, Freight Farms began looking at and evaluating IoT partners they could trust.
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Freight Farms is a Boston-based agriculture technology company that provides the tools and services to enable fresh food production in any environment. The company grew out of the desire to eliminate the negative effects of food production and distribution, and has grown into a platform that empowers anyone to grow food anywhere. Freight Farms’ flagship product, the Leafy Green Machine, is a complete hydroponic growing facility built entirely inside a shipping container, with environmental controls and indoor growing technology. The “LGM” allows for immediate growing of a variety of crops regardless of weather conditions resulting in access to year-round local, fresh produce that is always in season. Farmhand Connect, Freight Farms’ App, provides farmers provides farmers with access to real-time data from sensors inside the farm, giving them the ability to monitor all the key components of the farm: air, water, nutrients, and plant growth. Users check temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in the air, nutrient/pH levels of the water, and receive notifications of any changes to the environment.
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Freight Farms turned to Xively by LogMeIn for its connected product expertise and Xively Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. Security, scalability and expertise were important deciding factors and Freight Farms wanted to work with a company who could take on the entire connectivity stack, had a deployment ready platform with everything they needed, while providing the best guidance and advice from Xively Professional Services. By providing a secure, dependable, fast connection, Xively is allowing the Freight Farms development team to improve on other areas of the farm and overall business.
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Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
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[Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
Xively is enabling Freight Farms’ customers to gain insights into the current state of their farm, giving them the ability to ensure things are running smoothly. This reduces the overall time required of the farmer to be working inside the farm.
[Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
Reliable climate diagnoses provides a better customer experience and allows them to remedy problems immediately
[Data Management - Real Time Data]
Access to real-time data allows Freight Farms to diagnose problems fast and immediately take action to correct them. When working with living plants it’s crucial to have up to date climate information to ensure the environment is optimized at all times.
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