After 3 years of development, Autogrow has released its new MULTI control system. The MULTI is a powerful system using the latest technology, which means it can be used for all greenhouse control functions from climate control, through fertigation and hydroponic dosing to in-depth monitoring.
Autogrow have put enormous effort into making the control system easy to use, easy to install, easy to set up, and easy to upgrade. In fact, everything about this new system has been thoughtfully designed to make life as easy as possible for the grower without compromising on yield or quality of produce.
The first product to be released will be for climate control of between one and eight compartments. The number of inputs and outputs is not an issue as these can be easily expanded to a total of 160 inputs and 160 outputs. This means that each climate compartment can have full control of multiple vents, up to three screens, up to four fog valves, CO2 injection, on/off heating or proportional hydronic, two banks HAF, four banks extraction fans, wet wall, lighting, dehumidification, etc. All of these functions are controlled without compromise with all the modern controls you would expect such as astronomical clock, five time periods, variable cracking of vents for humidity and radiation and humidity influences on vents, heating and minimum pipe temperatures.
One thing that sets the MULTI apart from other systems is its use of a wi-fi iPad or aPad as a key user interface. This allows the grower to wander through the greenhouses and perform calibrations or change settings on the spot.
The MULTI controller serves web pages and so any computer network, iPad or smart phone can easily be used to view and change settings whether within the farm network or externally over the Internet. Of course, access is strictly controlled by passwords.
Another feature that is very exciting is the fact that the software can be upgraded over the Internet. This means that as features are added the grower will not be left behind and can easily download the latest and greatest.
The fertigation function is expected to follow in October 2011, followed by batch dosing of eight tanks and eight monitoring stations.
For further information contact:
Jeff Broad, Autogrow Systems Ltd,
PO Box 302-150, North Harbour 0751, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 (9) 415-2380
Fax: +64 (9) 415-2381