Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things


Archive March 2020

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Growing a Smarter Planet: LoRa® Devices Lead the Way for Smart Agriculture

Internet of Things (IoT) is paving the way for farmers to enter into smart agriculture, with over 75 million agricultural IoT devices predicted to be distributed by 2020 for monitoring anything from soil moisture, crop health or livestock, according to Business Insider Intelligence. With this increased demand for IoT devices, by 2050 the average farm will produce 4.1 million data points and by 2024 there will be two million connected farms and 30 million connected cows. IoT-based solutions in the agricultural field offer the potential to create increased efficiencies for a range of applications, from monitoring calving to water consumption in crop fields. 

Bringing Supply Chains to the Cloud Simply and Efficiently with LoRa® Devices

The economic impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on factories, retail settings, work sites, offices, and homes could total as much as $6.3 trillion by 2025, according to McKinsey Global. While some of this impact will be from the direct deployment of sensors and hardware in commercial, retail and industrial buildings, IoT will also have a significant effect on building management software, applications and services. IoT-based solutions in the industrial space offer the potential to create increased efficiencies for a range of applications from fleet management to smart mining and construction. 

Moving the IoT from concept to deployment

IMC executive editor Steve Rogerson talks with Mark Tekippe (pictured) from Digi about the IoT, scalability and the coronavirus.

There is a big difference between designing a proof of concept in a laboratory on a Raspberry Pi or Arduino board and scaling that product to 50,000 users. While that might always have been a problem in some sectors, it has come sharply into focus with the dawn of the IoT era, as the demand to have everything connected becomes almost universal.

LoRa® Devices: Enabling Proven Cost-Saving Utility Applications Today

Globally, the proportion of smart water meters will soon exceed a third of all water meters shipped annually. IHS Markit forecasts over 50 million new smart water meters will ship globally in 2022, compared to 30 million (representing 25 percent of total shipments) in 2017. Factors driving the acceleration of smart metering adoption by water utilities include direct benefits of improved billing accuracy with the automated collection of meter data, but even more so the cost savings through the reduction of water leaks and the improved efficiency in resource management. In the past decade, a number of water utilities in North America and Western Europe have adopted the walk by/drive by method to profit from the short-range data transferring capabilities of wirelessly communicating meters. Today, market demand for increased efficiency and digital transformation is pushing for transition from the walk by/drive by system to fixed network connectivity via meters with long range radio technologies– no manual reading necessary. 

Embedded World: Numbers down but quality up

IMC executive editor Steve Rogerson looks at how the coronavirus outbreak affected last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg.

With all the hype about the coronavirus, it was not surprising that last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg was a lot smaller than usual. We already knew that many of the big-name companies had pulled out and the organisers did a reasonable job of rearranging the show layout so it didn’t look as bad as it could have done.