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Internet of Things spectrum: Cool, hot to extreme

Divina Paredes | Oct. 22, 2015
When your fridge is network enabled, it can send you a tweet that your milk is gone. Or, can this job be better done, perhaps, by the trash bin? It will scan the empty milk container you threw out and order one for you.

This has clear consumer benefits because BMW has more accurate speed limits on the map and better route guidance for all its connected drivers.

BMW will use cloud services to create digital models and services which will change the consumer experience and help the company adapt to new market requirements, he said.

“Agility, flexibility, scalability...this is what matters to us in the car industry going forward.”

Hi-tech food bowls

Patrick Pinkston, vice president, information solutions at John Deere, discussed how IoT is helping the 170-year old company meet the increasing need for food, amidst a more complex and challenging agriculture environment.

“As we look into the future, the next opportunity for agriculture is to seamlessly connect people, technology and insights to uncover new opportunities to deliver more products in a sustainable fashion,” said Pinkston.

He said John Deere is creating a platform in the cloud to achieve this.

Patrick Pinkston, John Deere: The next opportunity for agriculture is to seamlessly connect people, technology and insights to uncover new opportunities to deliver more products in a sustainable fashion.
Patrick Pinkston, John Deere: The next opportunity for agriculture is to seamlessly connect people, technology and insights to uncover new opportunities to deliver more products in a sustainable fashion.

“With technology and expertise we provide capabilities to monitor and manage in real time every task the farm performs from tillage to spraying to harvesting.”

An example is ExactEmerge which plants the seeds at the right time, space and depth. It is an “intelligent planter with GPs accuracy” which sends data on the seeds “seamlessly to the cloud”.

The operator can see the performance of the machine system in real time and also engage in real time with the farm manager.

John Deere also has an operations centre that allows the growers to connect to trusted advisers that can help them derive more value from their farm.

IoT continuum

“You will see a lot more companies going into the IoT space, or having partnerships with the likes of Siemens or GE,” said Jens Butler, principal analyst at Ovum.

He said in the automotive industry, every company has an example around IoT.

“The car is a nicely controlled environment for IoT.

“It is not just the car. It is about servicing and maintenance, where the nearest workshop is, and it is also tied to understanding the music preference or your temperature."

Michael Warrilow, Gartner: You want to make sure you maximise the value for that asset, you connect it to a network that can allow better visibility, better monitoring.
Michael Warrilow, Gartner: You want to make sure you maximise the value for that asset, you connect it to a network that can allow better visibility, better monitoring.

 

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