Using green data to fight climate change

Smart technology in VertiVegies farms can be used to design resilient habitats, says founder

Mr Veera Sekaran, founder and director of VertiVegies, hopes to take his "green intelligence" - leveraging technology to gather information about plants - outside his farm and to the rest of Singapore.
Mr Veera Sekaran, founder and director of VertiVegies, hopes to take his "green intelligence" - leveraging technology to gather information about plants - outside his farm and to the rest of Singapore.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

On the third floor of an industrial building in Loyang, an unlikely tenant resides. Behind closed doors, tufts of baby spinach, arugula and kale grow in neat rows on 28 six-tier racks, under a mixture of red, blue and white LED lights.

Inside the 160 sq m space, the temperature is kept between 23 deg C and 25 deg C for optimum crop growth, while relative humidity levels never go beyond 60 per cent to 70 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2019, with the headline 'Using green data to fight climate change'. Subscribe