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Siemens collaborates to scale vertical farming

09 January 2023

Siemens is collaborating with US-based vertical farming operation, 80 Acres Farms, which grows food in eco-friendly indoor farms. Anchored by Siemens Financial Services’ initial investment, the two entities have partnered to apply technology within the agriculture, fostering sustainable, traceable, and more productive farming practices.

Utilising Siemens software and hardware solutions, spanning intelligent facility and energy management systems through to advanced industrial automation technology.

Siemens’ collaboration involves the optimisation, automation and control of the farming facilities and processes. Working with the company’s technology subsidiary, Infinite Acres, Siemens supports the industrialisation and scaling of the company’s proprietary Loop platform – a comprehensive solution that encompasses crop management software and algorithms, environmental controls, robotics, and automation.

“Infinite Acres has built the Loop platform through collaboration with technology partners. Our new partnership with Siemens takes our collaboration and technology platform to a new level through the 360° approach across software and connected hardware solutions — from digital twins to advanced controls,” said Tisha Livingston, co-founder of 80 Acres Farms and CEO of Infinite Acres.

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 the farms’ control systems. Taking a deeper look into the growth processes, Siemens Digital Industries Software is currently developing a digital twin that simulates the farm, plant growth and the production process to predict plant growth under diverse conditions as well as to optimize future farms for growth and shipping.

“In just seven years, we have scaled from a single R&D facility to a high-tech modular system that we can deploy across the world,” said Mike Zelkind, co-founder and CEO of 80 Acres Farms. “Standardising our technology and infrastructure enables us to scale worldwide rapidly and effectively.

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