Our goal is to provide elite growers with tools that help reduce labor costs, increase efficiency, and improve yields.
GrowCentral was born out of the need to create something bigger; something better; something that didn’t exist, but that was sorely needed. As growers, we recognized a big hole in the industry. There are countless options for controllers on the market. Some are ok, some are complete trash. But all of them are really a patchwork of incompatible devices that are designed to solve individual, specific problems. None of them work together in an ecosystem where they can all ‘talk to each other.'
But an even bigger problem was, even if you can find decent controllers, and even if they can provide remote access and control, how do you organize dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of controllers into an easy-to-manage system? What do you do when you have a lot of different physical locations, each with dozens of individual rooms to manage? How do you get alerts for specific rooms? How do you keep track of everything efficiently? There were a lot of shortcomings in all of the available options. Something that could do it all simply did not exist.
We set out to do something much bigger and much better.
The idea that eventually became the GrowCentral IoT Automation Platform was born all the way back in 2014. The idea was to create some sort of advanced master controller that could do everything in a garden, and more, and that was expandable to manage not just 1, 2, or a ‘few’ rooms. We wanted to create something that was expandable to run ANY number of rooms and even ANY number of different locations. Basically, like a computer brain that is ever-expandable, to add new software logic features, new and different controllers, and constantly growing new features – even things that have yet to be conceived.
We spent about four years building various product iterations. They mostly revolved around a touch screen hub that connected wireless controllers via ZigBee, Bluetooth, or WiFi. These weren’t just concepts – these were actual products that we designed, built, and tested - actual products that could have gone to market. Some of them were really good, but they just didn’t feel 100% right. Ultimately, they were not good enough to satisfy our vision of an ever-expandable platform that could meet the needs of any size operation.
So, we pulled the plug on a lot of things; things that cost a lot of money to develop, in order to continue to pursue our vision and find the right combination. Our vision actually took four years to completely evolve, take form, and crystallize into what it is now. That long time period of product experimentation was really like a super-intense learning ground. If what we built didn’t feel right, we threw it away, took what we learned, and moved on. We formed no emotional attachment to all the thousands of hours we spent, and all of the money that we burned. We simply had an obsession with pursuing our vision and arriving at what we felt was the best platform. What we finally arrived at was worth all of the work, as it is the best and proper solution.
A cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform.
In 2018, with all of the knowledge we had acquired in the previous four years, we began building the GrowCentral system - an IoT platform that is infinitely expandable to accommodate any number of locations, rooms, controllers, and software logic, to accomplish any different types of tasks imaginable. This system took three-and-a-half years to develop, on top of four years of experimentation with different product concepts, for a total of nearly eight years to get where we are now in 2021.
We are the engineers that created Powerbox in 2006 and we’ve also been growers since the late 80’s when we started building electrical panels after discovering you couldn’t plug grow lights into normal household outlets, without blowing breakers left and right. We’ve seen it all and experienced the entire evolution of this industry before our very eyes. Decades of experience and a commitment to the highest quality are what make GrowCentral a solution you can rely on.
GrowCentral is more than just controllers. It is an IoT platform specially designed for commercial grow facilities, that allows you to access vital garden functions, no matter where you are. It automates repetitive tasks that consume excessive time, and that ultimately cost you thousands of man hours in lost productivity on an annual basis.
GrowCentral lets you to easily organize all of your locations, rooms, and controllers in a hierarchical manner that allows you quick and clear access to any specific location, room, or controller – all from one app.
Made in America.
Our controllers aren’t imported from some distant overseas sweatshop factory, made by little ladies in white coats, who have no clue what they are really building, or for whom they are building it. GrowCentral controllers are crafted in small, precise batches, right here in the USA, from the highest quality materials, for the elite growers who demand the difference quality makes. And on top of the outstanding quality and performance, our controllers look stunning in any setup. We are proud to produce our products in America and we always put product before profit.
The future of enhanced cultivation technology.
As we grow, and introduce new products and services like live video, security, and other advanced features, we believe that GrowCentral will become the preeminent platform by which all grow facilities, small and large, will be managed - all from the palm of your hand. GrowCentral is a platform; a foundation upon which we are building skyscrapers. It is a living and breathing organism that never stops growing. Right now, it is in its infancy. But as it grows and matures, unthinkable features will be added, making it absolutely invaluable to growers and grow facilities.
We are excited to welcome you to join us on this incredible journey into the future of cannabis cultivation technology.
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