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Shaping Smarter Cities: Sensors-Key to Helping Vertical Farms Thrive

José Chavez is a senior pursing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, with particular interests in cybersecurity and augmented reality, among others.

Shaping Smarter

Vertical farming has been on the rise these past few years thanks to technology advances that enable farmers to monitor and control environmental variables.

The trend toward vertical farming is in response to several challenges found in traditional farming, including the extensive acreage and water needed, chemicals used in pest control, costs of transporting food to population centers, and crop loss due to extreme weather, among other things. Vertical farms have the potential to generate more produce than traditional farming in smaller spaces, using trays of crops stacked on top of each other.

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