The Fifth Estate – Vivid Technology takes smart LED lighting to emerging Agritech sector 2nd April 2019

2nd April 2019

  • The Fifth Estate article focuses on Vivid Technology entering emerging Agritech market

  • Focus on Vivid’s intelligent LED grow lighting systems that save 90% energy

  • Controlled Environment Agriculture / Horticulture market is a globally rapidly growing market.

Melbourne-based tech company Vivid Technology is spreading its wings into the growing horticulture lighting industry now that it’s proved itself as a provider of intelligent LED lighting systems for companies such as Coca Cola and Interface.

The company, which positions itself as both a clean tech and a proptech business provides internet of things connected intelligent ceilings for both commercial and industrial spaces, among other technologies. 

The Fifth Estate interviewed Vivid Technology Chief Innovation Officer Samuel Redmond and Chief Marketing Officer Nadya Krienke-Becker

Chief innovation officer Samuel Redmond says that LED lighting started out as an enabler to introduce its clients to the efficiency-driving benefits of intelligent lighting systems, with the IoT enabled lighting systems capable of saving up to 90 per cent on electricity compared to conventional systems.

The technology acts as an enabler to dramatically improve energy efficiency, allowing businesses to see where people are working and turn lights off where they aren’t.

Redmond told The Fifth Estate that the company focused on industrial first because the sector was ripe for disruption, and the scale of warehouses and their operations means that any improvement in efficiency translates into big cost savings.

He also says the company’s experience in providing intelligent LED lighting systems for large industrial clients makes the company uniquely placed to do the same in the giant warehouses and greenhouses designed for growing crops.

“One of the challenges with growing population and more frequent storm events is the impact on the food we grow is substantial,” Redmond says.

This is leading to the growth of the “controlled environment agriculture” market where food is grown in warehouses and greenhouses that rely on artificial lighting – and often at great expense.

The agriculture industry is also one of Australia’s highest emitting sectors, responsible for 13 per cent of emission in 2017 according to the Climate Council of Australia. 

This makes horticulture lighting a “great space” for the company to focus on, Redmond says. 

The company is now working with several interested parties to develop high energy efficiency solutions for the horticulture lighting, including medical cannabis growers for both new and retrofitted intelligent lighting systems.

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