The Benefits of Data-driven Predictive Maintenance for Commercial Cannabis Facilities
Since legalization, cannabis growers have sought out better ways to farm to meet demand without...
According to the 2022 U.S. Cannabis Report, cannabis sale in the country is expected to generate revenue worth $57 billion by 2030. To stay ahead of the game and meet rising demand, forward-thinking cannabis growers are deploying smart technologies that optimize operations. Strengthening your plant monitoring system using IoT and an intelligent building management platform is an excellent way to support plant health and stake your claim in a rapidly evolving industry.
A smart cannabis plant monitoring system must be equipped to assess a variety of conditions that affect plant health and yield, such as temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels, irrigation, and soil moisture. At minimum, the system should include the following equipment and features:
While these basics are a good start, smart technologies let you take your plant monitoring system to the next level.
Integrating IoT and an intelligent building management platform (IBMP) into your monitoring system unlocks new capabilities.
Better Climate Control
IoT sensors and smart controllers are instrumental in optimizing indoor grow environments. Sensor data can help you determine ideal locations and settings for air circulation, ventilation, and heating across zones. It can also drive smart automation strategies to maintain optimal conditions at all times.
A plant monitoring system using IoT gives you the insight and capabilities you need to control climate effectively and efficiently, whether you’re on site or monitoring remotely.
Proper maintenance of cannabis facilities is critical to create a healthy plant environment. Plant monitoring systems using IoT and an IBMP allows you to take a proactive approach to maintenance. An advanced IBMP continuously mines sensor data to identify or predict anomalies and suggests remedies, allowing you to take corrective action as early as possible. This minimizes the risk of unplanned downtime and suboptimal equipment performance that could negatively impact crop growth.
Greater Energy Efficiency
Cannabis cultivation is highly energy-intensive with the specific HVAC and lighting requirements needed to create ideal grow conditions. Strengthening a plant monitoring system with smart technologies helps you manage energy usage and identify opportunities for improvement. An IBMP can also forecast future energy needs so you can plan ahead and reduce consumption without compromising plant growth.
An intelligent plant monitoring system can discourage pests by maintaining ideal environmental conditions.
Strengthening your plant monitoring system using IoT and an IBMP can streamline operations, improve performance, reduce costs, and support the success of your business.
The success of your plant monitoring system is highly dependent on the capabilities of your IBMP. A powerful platform, like onPoint, ensures you can take full advantage of smart building technology.
onPoint is a cloud-based IBMP that uses advanced data analytics and machine learning capabilities to:
With onPoint, you can create a truly smart cannabis operation and set the stage for growth long into the future.
Shayne Taker, Director of Sales at Buildings IOT, leads business development and sales for strategic accounts at Buildings IOT. Shayne is a former student athlete and professional hockey player who transitioned his competitiveness from hockey to intelligent buildings. Prior to joining Buildings IOT, he engineered, designed, and integrated cannabis cultivation facilities across Canada and Southeast Europe, developing a deep understanding of the cultivation center’s form, function, and flow. Shayne began his smart building career designing complex, smart building backbones in commercial facilities and ensured the systems network design and availability met specification including an award-winning facility in Washington D.C.