Aki Soudunsaari, co-founder and head of strategy at Naava, says his company wants to improve the health of millions by combining machine learning technology with the power of nature.
Naava closed a $7 Million funding round led by Stockholm-based Nidoco AB on January 27, 2022, for its software platform. The platform optimizes indoor air quality humidity levels to keep plants healthy and adapt to changes in indoor environments to create healthier office and home environments.
“We need nature; nature doesn’t need us,” said Soudunsaari. “We have been driving this “human-friendly” indoor environment movement, which means we should exist in a species-specific environment.”
Naava is part of the trend of biophilic design in buildings which drives a stronger connection between people and nature in artificial environments.
Soudunsaari believes we are driven by science and, more specifically, biology. “Human beings, whether in an office space or the comfort of one’s home, must aspire to live in tandem with nature.”
According to Soudunsaari, every Naava unit is connected via cellular networks and sends sensor, indoor climate and functionality data to the cloud every five minutes.
“The software controls Naava’s functions such as watering, air ventilation, fan speed, lighting,” said Soudunsaari. “It’s trying to optimize indoor air quality and humidity levels from the human health point of view, and at the same time keep the plants healthy and thriving.”
Soudunsaari says the company is implementing machine learning tools to combine data from maintenance teams to device sensor data to analyze the optimal solutions for managing the device fleet and spot issues as early as possible.
“Additionally, different geographies sometimes require different solutions due to environmental factors,” adds Soudunsaari. “Finland and Florida are radically different environments.”
Soudunsaari says the company aims to be the Philips Hue for indoor greenery in the future. “We want to connect indoor greenery and make it more automated, which means that more people would have nature where they spend their time.”
“From smart, automated plant solutions like tabletop gardens for herbs to furniture-like indoor greenery products that stay alive and thrive thanks to automated watering systems, technology will help you to be more connected with nature in the coming years,” said Soudunsaari.