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Advancing Agriculture through the IoT

Xively Connected Product Management
Instantaneous crisis management
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Remote control and insights
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Proactive business management
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Advanced user performance
Innovative Agriculture through the IoT

Freight Farms is a Boston-based agriculture technology company that provides the tools and services to enable fresh food production in any environment.

The Challenge

Freight Farms grew out of the desire to eliminate the negative effects of food production and distribution, and has grown into a platform that empowers anyone to grow food anywhere. Freight Farms’ flagship product, the Leafy Green Machine, is a complete hydroponic growing facility built entirely inside a shipping container, with environmental controls and indoor growing technology. The “LGM” allows for immediate growing of a variety of crops regardless of weather conditions resulting in access to year-round local, fresh produce that is always in season. Farmhand Connect, Freight Farms’ App, provides farmers with access to real-time data from sensors inside the farm, giving them the ability to monitor all the key components of the farm: air, water, nutrients, and plant growth. Users check temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in the air, nutrient/pH levels of the water, and receive notifications of any changes to the environment.

Freight Farms’ goal was to create a connected farming environment that was simple to set-up, highly responsive, easy to scale, and would offer a path to future features and services - from day-to-day operations, to support, to growing optimizations, connecting their farms delivers an even greater experience to their farmers. After internal constraints for the hours of support required to build, integrate and maintain their own IoT solution, Freight Farms began looking at and evaluating IoT partners they could trust.

The Solution

Freight Farms turned to Xively by LogMeIn for its connected product expertise and Xively Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. Security, scalability and expertise were important deciding factors and Freight Farms wanted to work with a company who could take on the entire connectivity stack, had a deployment ready platform with everything they needed, while providing the best guidance and advice from Xively Professional Services. By providing a secure, dependable, fast connection, Xively is allowing the Freight Farms development team to improve on other areas of the farm and overall business.

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The Farmhand App allows you to monitor indoor air temperature, humidity, CO2, and water nutrient levels from your mobile phone.

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Graphing history and alerts can be turned on/ off allowing the user to maintain and monitor correct temperature levels.

"Xively by LogMeIn has made it clear, if we win they win, and have gone above and beyond in seeing us implement the Xively IoT Platform in the best way possible for our farms. The team has even gone beyond those at LogMeIn to connect us with other meaningful partners and potential customers."

Kyle Seaman, Director of Farm Technology, Freight Farms

Key Takeaway

Freight Farms turned to Xively by LogMeIn for its connected product expertise and Xively Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. Security, scalability and expertise were important deciding factors and Freight Farms wanted to work with a company who could take on the entire connectivity stack, had a deployment ready platform with everything they needed, while providing the best guidance and advice from Xively Professional Services. By providing a secure, dependable, fast connection, Xively is allowing the Freight Farms development team to improve on other areas of the farm and overall business.

Case Study Results

Xively Connected Product Management
Instantaneous crisis management

Access to real-time data allows Freight Farms to diagnose problems quickly and correct them. Having real time climate information in order to ensure environment optimization is crucial with agriculture.

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Remote control and insights

Through the Farmhand Connect App, farmers can remotely set parameters and receive alerts about in-farm system performance. This allows customers to gain greater insight while not having to physically be on site. 

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Proactive business management

The ability to have data on day-to-day farm operations allows farmers to predict and satisfy their customers needs in conjunction with growing their busines.

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Advanced user performance

Linking Xively to Freight Farms analytics provides better feedback into not only how customers are using their farms, but how they want to be using them. This facilitates designing a better customer experience suited to their needs.