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February 8, 2019

Nuravine: Environmental Automation Made Simple

Nuravine is an IoT company building an indoor farming automation platform in New York City. It was founded in 2017 by Alex Babich (on the right in the photo above) and Adrian Logan (left), and I caught up with Babich to learn more about how the company came to be and where it's going next.


Tell me the story of how Nuravine was started.

Nuravine was started when Alex and Adrian met in a challenging computer engineering course in their senior year at CCNY. When they studied together they realized they had an incredible working relationship because they were able to make sense of the material in very different ways. They figured out that they had a passion for sustainable cities of the future and particularly the agricultural aspect of those cities. With help from The Zahn Innovation Center at their University, they set out to build robotic plant growing systems and have been at it for over two years to date.

For those who don't know, what is Nuravine?

Nuravine is building an IoT indoor farming automation platform. There are sensor modules that collect environmental data along with actuation modules that control the environment based on those readings. All of these devices are connected in one central web application.

The first component, the Elixir, is a nutrient dosing system for hydroponics. It has pH, electrical conductivity, water temperature, and dissolved oxygen sensors. Based on these sensor readings it controls pumps which automatically disperse nutrients and pH balancing solution to give plants the optimal water conditions to grow in.

How has the company evolved over time?

The company started by developing a 'Farm in a box' during The Zahn Innovation Competition. When they got into The Zahn Summer Accelerator they changed their focus to building a modular automation farming platform which could be set up in an indoor commercial farming facility. Ever since they have been developing this IoT farming platform. Now, most of the development is going into using the devices to collect data so that analysis can be performed to better optimize the environment.

Where does the company go next?

In the next few years, Nuravine will continue to develop many more IoT modules such as Air Sensors, AI Cameras, and IoT valves and develop integrations with LEDs, and HVACs. They will also make major improvements in their software to use more AI to make smarter farming predictions so that farmers can grow healthier, stronger plants all the while saving time and money.

How big is the team? Any positions you're looking to hire for in the coming months?

Alex and Adrian are the only partners at Nuravine. They have several students working with them on backend web development. They are currently hiring a Firmware Developer who is strong in C/C++ for a part-time position.

Any last thoughts?

If anyone is interested in learning more about Nuravine visit their website at Nuravine.com or check out their Instagram page @nuravine. For inquiries about a part-time development position email: adrian@nuravine.com.


Alexander Culafi is Producer & Editor for VentureFizz. He also edits and produces The VentureFizz Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @culafia.