Illuminum Greenhouses develop low-cost greenhouses from local materials that can be monitored and remotely controlled via text messages.
Illuminum Greenhouses’ affordable and smart greenhouses enable African farmers to monitor and manage their crops remotely. The smart greenhouses are equipped with five sensors that monitor temperature, humidity and soil moisture in the greenhouses. A solar-powered system relays the information from the sensors to the farmer’s cell phone via SMS. This way, the farmer can monitor and regulate conditions from afar simply by sending an SMS back to the greenhouse. This solar-powered system enables the greenhouse to run for five days without the farmer’s intervention. All Illuminum Greenhouses are produced with local materials, reducing building costs and increasing affordability for African farmers. The company’s smart greenhouses were launched in early 2016.
Why you should care
Greenhouses boost crop production, yielding 15 to 20 times more produce than a normal field of the same area. The smart sensors and management options of Illuminum Greenhouses further increase productivity at low cost, enabling farmers to increase their incomes without using more resources.