Using Your Wi-Fi Network
Almost everyone has some sort of home Wi-Fi network at this point and this technology is now being used in some of the more advanced indoor growing operations to allow you quick access to lighting controls, climate controls, and just about anything else you can think of in relation to your indoor grow operation. This type of network is excellent if you want to make slight adjustments when you’re on site, but Wi-Fi has a limited range and it won’t do you much good if you’re not on site. It allows you more control than the traditional timer setup that we’ve already discussed above, but you still need to be relatively close.
Tapping into Your Network through Your Smart Phone
Where things really get interesting is when you tap into the apps available on your smart phone that can help you to control your grow operation remotely. One great example of this type of app is the Growtronix all in one system, which allows you to control the lighting, temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and many other things remotely, using their app. This app can be connected to various computer-controlled systems in indoor grow operations to monitor these levels and make adjustments when necessary. This means you can react to problems much quicker than in the past, even when you’re not on site.
Towards Artificial Intelligence
Systems such as the one we’ve just discussed that allow you to tap into your smart phone and access your operation remotely are fantastic, but they still require you to keep a close eye on things. While no real system exists today, I don’t think it’s unrealistic to expect that in the near future artificial intelligence systems will take over that monitoring process for you. In this not-too-distant future you’ll no longer have to worry about checking your app every hour or so to make sure everything’s okay, as the artificial intelligence system will do this for you. Perhaps if there is a serious problem you can set it up to notify you, but other than that it can go about its business and simply provide you with a report from time to time. What this means for you and your operation is quicker response times and greater productivity out of your plants. This might seem like science fiction, but this type of system is already being looked into for many different applications.
The Future Is Bright for Your Plants
There are probably a whole host of other technologies being considered for indoor grow operations that we haven’t even mentioned here. What we’ve talked about here are simply a few technologies and ideas to keep an eye on over the next few years. We are certainly living in exciting times for any industry, and that includes the indoor plant growing industry.