Case study: Streamlining Habitat's processes to help it scale

By implementing Elevated Signals, the Habitat team were able to track their inventory, complete quality record-keeping and monitor their environmental data all in one place.

Case study: Streamlining Habitat's processes to help it scale
Credit: Habitat

TL;DR - By implementing Elevated Signals, the Habitat team were able to track their inventory, complete quality record keeping and monitor their environmental data all in one place. Highlights include:

  • Increase in operational efficiency
  • Significant reduction in administrative costs
  • Scaling made easy
  • Stress-free audits

You can read the full case study here, or find the edited highlights below.

“By streamlining our inventory, GxP record keeping and environmental data into one platform, Elevated Signals makes us much more efficient, keeps our operating costs down and helps us make data-driven decisions.”
Laine Keyes, Co-founder and Chief Cultivator, Habitat

The Situation

Based out of Chase, British Columbia, the innovative team at Habitat were the first micro-cultivators to receive the Canadian General Standards Board Organic Aquaculture Standard Certification for salmon and cannabis production.

When Habitat first received its Health Canada license, it used a combination of seed-to-sale software, pen & paper, and handheld sensors to manage its inventory, GPP record keeping and environmental data.

The three separate systems created a heavy administrative burden for the small team, and the resulting workload wasn’t sustainable for a business that was scaling quickly.

The team knew that they needed to streamline their inventory tracking and record keeping, but also wanted to keep operating costs as low as possible. They started searching for a replacement to their existing seed-to-sale platform.

The Solution

Habitat found that Elevated Signals was the answer to its problems:

“With Elevated Signals we are able to track our inventory, complete our quality record keeping, and monitor environmental data in one place. This makes us much more efficient and significantly reduces the cost of our administration work,” said Laine.

“Whether you're sanitizing a room or pruning, you're able to get all of that detail uploaded and tracked nicely in Elevated Signals. When you're going through an audit, you're able to pull up all the information on your batches instantly. That wasn't offered with our previous system and it makes a huge difference”

The Success

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Significant Increase in Operational Efficiency: Elevated Signals sensors automatically collect data on the grow environment which feeds directly into the platform. Habitat used to collect this data manually through handheld devices. Laine notes, “thanks to Elevated Signals we get instant 24-hour data which we can monitor remotely, previously it would take us a significant amount of time to collect this.”
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Scaling Made Easy: As the complexity of Habitat’s operation grows, the level of work required to manage compliance will stay the same thanks to Elevated Signals. As a result, the team will not need to hire additional QA personnel to manage the administration that comes with scaling.
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Stress-free Audits: All documentation required by Health Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency, as well as Habitat’s aquaponics organic certification, can now be tracked and accessed in real time, making remote audits a breeze.

You can read the full case study here.