Siemens has announced an important collaboration agreement with the American company ’80 Acres Farms’. Con five production farms in southwestern Ohio, a new farm in Florence, Kentucky, a future farm in Covington, Georgia, and R&D facilities in Arkansas and the Netherlands, ’80 Acres Farms’ specializes in growing the next generation of food – food grown on indoor organic farms closer to consumers’ tables.
With the initial investment of Siemens Financial Services, the two entities have partnered to apply innovative technology in the agricultural industry, promoting sustainable, healthy, traceable and more productive agricultural practices. Furthermore, the agreement will enable the use of Siemens’ robust set of software and hardware solutions, ranging from intelligent energy and facility management systems to advanced industrial automation technology. ’80 Acres Farms’ is well positioned to meet its goal of streamlining and standardizing its operations, with a view to supporting food security around the world.
“We sometimes hear that food is medicine. Vertical farming is an opportunity to turn this concept into reality and 80 Acres Farms’ use of technology is now paving the way for this transformative approach to production. food,” declared the President and CEO of Siemens USA, Barbara Humpton. “In this time of change and disruption – and in an increasingly ‘glocal’ world – what I see in ’80 Acres Farms’ represents both the purpose and the power of industrial technologies now readily available to us: the ability to invent anywhere, and then scale our world-changing solutions everywhere.”
Barbara Humpton: “In this time of change and disruption – and in an increasingly ‘glocal’ world – what I see in ’80 Acres Farms’ represents both the purpose and the power of industrial technologies now readily available to us: the ability to invent anywhere and then scale our world-changing solutions everywhere.”
Siemens’ large-scale collaboration involves optimization, automation and control of ’80 Acres’ agricultural facilities and processes. Working with the technology subsidiary of the company, Infinite Acres, Siemens supports the industrialization and expansion of the company’s proprietary Loop platform, a comprehensive solution spanning crop management software and algorithms, environmental controls, robotics and automation.
“Infinite Acres has built the Loop platform through collaboration with best-in-class technology partners such as Priva, Ocado and Signify. Our new partnership with Siemens takes our technology and collaboration platform to a new level through the approach of 360° with connected hardware and software solutions, from digital twins to advanced controls,” says Tisha Livingston, co-founder of ’80 Acres Farms’ and CEO of Infinite Acres.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure supplies power distribution equipment, while its building and energy management technologies help monitor fire and life safety, security, and power distribution systems from a single interface. Siemens Digital Industries will install a suite of advanced industrial automation technologies and edge devices to help automate the production line, while edge devices and human-machine interfaces monitor and update farm control systems. . Delving deeper into growth processes, Siemens Digital Industries Software is currently developing a digital twin that simulates the farm, plant growth, and production process to predict plant growth under various conditions, as well as to optimize future farms. for growth and shipping.
“In just seven years, we’ve gone from a single R&D facility to a high-tech, modular system that we can deploy around the world,” he says. Mike Zelkind, Co-Founder and CEO of ’80 Acres Farms‘. “Standardizing our technology and infrastructure allows our industry-leading technology to spread around the world quickly and efficiently. By building a network of committed global partners like Siemens, we can feed tens of millions more concerned people.” of years.”
For its part, and looking to the future, Siemens Technology, the R&D division of Siemens, is taking advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop an app that optimizes the software to identify irregularities, avoiding adverse conditions inside the plants.