The Multigrow controller is a modular system that can control the climate of up to 8 greenhouse/warehouse compartments in addition to managing other functions like fertigation, hydroponic dosing and environment monitoring; the best part is you only pay for the functions you will be using. You can receive alarms by SMS or email and the controller has remote access using a wi-fi tablet or smart phone. Although the climate control has a high level of functionality, many of the more complex settings are preset in the factory and you will get excellent results without changing these. They are provided for the perfectionists who would be frustrated if they were not available. Luckily, we provide “restore points” so if you change some advanced settings and don’t get the results you expected it is simple to put the settings back to how they were.
The Multigrow is available in the following formats:
- A large touch screen format which is proving to be the most popular as it provides a larger, high resolution, high brightness full color touch interface. This is shown in the picture above.
- A screenless controller that is connected to a desktop LCD monitor, keyboard and mouse. This is a low cost option for situations that have a clean, office like environment in which to locate the MULTI. Alternatively, a wi-fi access point can be added to allow a tablet such as an iPad to be used as the user interface.
All of the above options can be connected to a computer network by ethernet cable or wi-fi and the controller can be accessed by any computer on the network that has a standard web browser. In larger installations it is convenient to set up an office computer with a number of screens (perhaps 3 or more) so that a different aspect can be displayed on each screen.
Any of the above options can interface with an iPad or Android Tablet device through the network connection and if the wi-fi is set up to provide coverage to the main areas of the farm this provides an extremely useful interface as the iPad can be carried around to where sensors etc are located to conveniently perform calibrations and settings changes.