Computer systems within the IT Greenhouse control the temperature and humidity to maintain a consistent climate around the clock. They also make it possible to quantify this data for analysis to determine how to create the optimal growing environment.
Panasonic brings a host of technologies to this project, including ones the company has devised while producing vegetable cultivation systems and agricultural facilities. Several solutions, such as sensing, measurement and data transmission technologies have resulted from collaborations with other companies.
The IT Greenhouse also incorporates Panasonic’s infrared-absorbing curtains. This technology, acquired through the development of plasma televisions, is used to effectively control the temperature inside the greenhouse. The curtains block infrared rays, helping to prevent greenhouse temperatures from rising, and also shield the tomatoes and strawberries from direct sunlight. The sprinkler system—an air-cooling mist solution developed for Panasonic’s Green Air Conditioner—sprays an extremely fine mist that helps stabilise the internal temperature and keep humidity at optimal levels.