Green walls are about to get a major technological upgrade. Having just recently closed a $7 million funding round led by Norwegian firm Nidoco AB, Naava wants to combine the power of machine learning with that of nature itself to create healthier residential and commercial environments. Their goal, according to their website, is to have it so billions of people can breathe fresh, Nordic-quality air every day, no matter where they live.
“Human beings, whether in an office space or the comfort of one’s home, must aspire to live in tandem with nature,” states Aki Soudunsaari, co-founder and head of strategy at Naava in an article with Forbes.
Redefining the Future of Indoor Air
Combining green nature, an advanced AI-platform and Scandinavian design principles, Naava aims to create a system designed to keep plants and humans healthy while adapting to changes in indoor environments. According to Soudunsaari, every Naava unit will be connected via cellular networks to send sensor, indoor climate and functionality to the cloud every five minutes.
The software present in the system controls watering, air ventilation, fan speed and lighting, optimizing air quality from a human point of view, while also keeping plants healthy and thriving. Using data taken from maintenance teams to device sensors, the machine learning tools create the most optimal way to manage each installation. According to Soudunsaari, the technology also helps greatly in developing more holistic solutions for varied environments.
As he puts it, the company wants to become the “Phillips Hue for indoor greenery” in the years to come. Connecting greenery, making it more automated and allowing it to thrive through its own electronic network in a building, as he sees it, is a vital evolution in providing more green spaces for people to enjoy and live comfortably in.
From tabletop gardens to furniture-like plant installation, Soudunsaari sees this technology in being pivotal in allowing advanced biophilic installations the opportunity to thrive at any scale in the coming years. Most certainly, the combination of clean quality air mixed with the biophilic properties of plants will be a game changer for creating healthier building environments via smart technology.
You can visit Naava’s website here for even more information on their new technology and what they’re already doing in the world of green walls.