Short description: Food production needs to become more sustainable and resilient. Vertical farming (VF) is one crucial means to achieve food security. There exists no proper SW to operate VFs. A specific operating system will allow more efficient and profitable operations. This will promote the proliferation of VF.
Market potential: Global vegetable market 1 trillion USD. Vertical farming market USD 4.51 billion in 2020, poised to grow at CAGR of over 23% between 2021 and 2027. Can be used in greenhouse horticulture.
Timing: A solution is needed right now. Vertical farms are being built but to make them successful they have to be operated profitably. Need an Operating System as soon as possible to ensure their success.
Desired result: Fully functional operating system that can be deployed to run a vertical farm. Needs to control all farm parameters as well as collect and analyse data.
Information on challenge owner: Micro SME (< 10 staff). Market presence of challenge owner: Active in one country. Keywords: Vertical Farming; Software - Operating System; Sustainable food production; Agri technology; Precision agriculture