SAP strategic partner IBSolution GmbH transforms &ever’s indoor farming system with SAP HANA & SAP Cloud Platform solutions. The indoor farming company recently opened its very first commercial vertical farm in Kuwait City and will be supplying local Japanese restaurant Ora, owned by NOX Management.
&ever, formerly Farmers Cut, is a Germany-based company with a mission to transform the future of agriculture. Through technological innovation and agricultural digitalization, they aim to locally and sustainably grow delicious tasting salad vegetables without the use of harmful pesticides. It was founded in 2015 by Mark Korzilius and Isabel Molitor. The firm coined the term dryponic, the advanced cultivation technology implemented in their indoor farming system.
Dryponic Optimized with SAP HANA & SAP Cloud Platform
The dryponic technology was envisioned to produce the freshest, highly-nutritional leafy greens with the roots intact and alive until consumption. This system—unlike hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic—keeps the roots dry throughout by using a unique method where roots are exposed to higher amounts of oxygen vs. dissolved oxygen in water. This allows the indoor farm to use 90 percent less water than other traditional vertical farming systems and leads to overall better-growing conditions.
The process eliminates the risk of contamination due to algae growth. This also allows the firm the capability to ‘Harvest on Demand.’ With dryponic, they can produce the freshest salad vegetables by only harvesting them until the final moment of serving to customers. To ensure the highest quality, the produce is tasted directly from the growing trays by the &ever team.
Using this new cultivation technology, sustainable and continuous farming is made possible even in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert.
To fully automate and effectively control atmospheric conditions of the dryponic system, &ever turned to SAP partner IBSolution GmbH for support with SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform solutions. Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT), data is collected from a number of sources in the farmhouse to monitor:
- seeding and germination
- CO2 levels
- atmosphere temperature
The collected data is then sent to SAP HANA’s in-memory database and analyzed on the SAP Cloud Platform to optimize production. With these technological solutions, &ever’s indoor farm can continuously produce up to 550 kilos of fresh greens and herbs a day.
With IBSolution’s SAP software implementation and development, plans are underway by &ever to expand its sustainable farms throughout Asia and Africa.
The Future of Agriculture
The agriculture technology innovation is set to become a US$700B market by 2030. This only means that like &ever, other agricultural businesses need to step up in delivering intelligent solutions that utilize AI and other technological advancements to produce sustainable and profitable food products. Supporting the future of agriculture is a mission that SAP Business solutions aim to address. Using SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, and other disruptive technologies, SAP offers industry best practices and standards to prepare agribusinesses for the agriculture revolution by creating market valuation throughout the entire value chain.