They say a rising tide floats all boats. This saying rings true for the ever-growing cannabis industry and the army of support businesses that help make their dreams a reality. Indoor cultivation technology has come a long way in recent years. Demand for more efficient technologies have led to developments in automation and web-based integration of lighting, watering and feed systems. A Toronto-based tech startup is stealing the spotlight, as they take the science of cultivation to the next level.
Grow Ratio, a cannabis technologies company, is run by an IT professional who realize the need for grow operations to move into the 21st century. CEO Paolo Pincente’s background is in large-scale data management. He sold his tech firm off on 2015, and like many others in the business world, saw great opportunity working in weed. Grow Ratio saw a need to optimize power usage in cultivation facilities, as Paolo aptly summed it up, “A typical grow operation uses as much power as a datacentre.”
Grow Ratio specializes in manufacturing energy efficient LED lighting systems, that use less power and emit far less heat than traditional lighting systems. LED lights are easily customizable and provide a wide range of light spectrum. The cool thing about Grow Ratio’s lighting systems is that they are fully controllable from the cloud. That means no more sticking around the grow to make sure your lights shut off. Automation and control through the cloud are the future of cultivation.
According to Paolo, “The master grower is responsible for multiple facilities and doesn’t have to run around everywhere to personally check on things. He could just look at his phone, and when there was an issue, he knew right away.” Automation frees up time, and money, allowing for greater control of your cannabis environment, without having to maintain separate systems. Everything goes through the cloud these days, so why not cultivation management? Smartphone and tablet based monitoring started to come onto the scene a few years ago, however, time has allowed Grow Ratio to work out the kinks in the technology and put out a fully functioning and revolutionary product.
Canadian companies continue to dominate the cannabis world. Grow Ratio’s LED-based lighting systems will help cannabis producers cut costs while simultaneously utilizing the latest in green technologies. LEDs have shown themselves to be pound for pound as good as less efficient traditional lights like high-pressure sodium. As the Canadian cannabis market continues to grow, the need to find more efficient systems pf production will lead right to Grow Ratio, further shining the spotlight on Canadian cannabis innovation.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.