The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture reached 17.0 million in 2016

The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture reached 17.0 million in 2016

The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture reached 17.0 million in 2016

According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of wireless IoT devices in agricultural production worldwide reached 17.0 million connections in 2016.

The number of wireless connections is forecasted to grow at compound annual growth rate of 10.0 percent to reach 27.4 million in 2021.

There is a broad range of wireless technologies used in agricultural production with different characteristics and use cases. 802.15.4-based standards comprise the most employed wireless technology due to its wide adoption in dairy cow monitoring applications. The main application areas for cellular communication are machine telematics and remote monitoring via in-field sensor systems. Cellular connections amounted to 0.8 million at the end of 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30.2 percent to reach 3.1 million in 2021. LPWA technologies are expected to achieve the highest growth rate and realise a significant market position in the remote monitoring and control segment.

Berg Insight’s outlook for the agricultural technology market is positive as agricultural production remains greatly underpenetrated by wireless IoT solutions. Manufacturers of farm and dairy equipment have traditionally chosen to partner with smaller and specialised players but increasingly focus on developing proprietary technologies. In the crop production sector, a group of companies have emerged as leaders on the market for precision agriculture solutions. Major providers include Deere & Company, Trimble, Topcon Positioning Systems and Raven Industries. Other significant vendors include AGCO, Ag Leader Technology, DICKEY-john and Hexagon. In the milk production sector, the world’s largest dairy equipment vendor DeLaval offers its in-house developed activity monitoring system along with its milking and dairy farming infrastructure solutions. Important providers of sensor systems for dairy cow monitoring furthermore include Netherlands-based Nedap and The Allflex Group subsidiary SCR which both sell their systems to a number of leading dairy equipment manufacturers and genetics companies.

Fredrik Stålbrand, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight, said:
chart: installed base of active wireless devices in agricultural production (World 2016-2021)

“Leading providers are now investing in technical platforms capable of supporting integration with third-party hardware and software solutions as agricultural equipment are becoming parts of broader systems.”

The increasingly complex technological environment that farmers operate in also demands dealers to offer a greater extent of services to integrate and support the range of technologies that are utilised in advanced production systems. “As interoperability between systems remains as a challenge, the need for services and technical support from local dealers is likely to increase with continued adoption of precision farming solutions, in-field sensor systems and animal monitoring technologies”, concluded Mr. Stålbrand.

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Amplía teams up with Sigfox to boost the merchandises tracking

Amplía teams up with Sigfox to boost the merchandises tracking

Amplía teams up with Sigfox to boost the merchandises tracking

As result of this collaboration, the companies have presented an IoT solution that allows registering the location and status of the assets and remotely access information on the devices.

Amplía, OpenGate IoT Platform Provider, has joined Sigfox to develop a comprehensive, global and massive solution for the monitoring of any type of merchandise.

Thanks to the combination of both technologies, companies can obtain the location of their assets in real time, view their location on a map, remotely collect all types of events and access information on all their devices instantly. It also allows access to the history of the data, something especially useful in making business decisions.

Rebecca Crowe, Spain Country Manager at Sigfox, explains:

“Monitoring the status of assets in real time is key for the industry, since it not only facilitates the detection of incidents, minimizing their impact, but also helps to locate points of improvement that configure a more profitable experience for the client.”

“Thanks to the support and versatility of OpenGate, and our low-power, low-cost connectivity, we have been able to configure a solution that will significantly simplify and expedite merchandise management.”

These are the main functions to which the IoT solution of Sigfox and Amplía gives access:

  • Visualize your routes in an exact way, being able to see the route the goods take and where they are at any time.
  • Analyze online and in real time the routes to know if the marked route is being followed or if there is going to be delay.
  • Control the quality of the supply chain by monitoring the temperature cycle and detecting vibrations, shocks or any other parameter that may affect the merchandise.
  • Issue alarms in case the quality of the supply is not within the minimum parameters established.

Javier Martínez, director at amplía:
“This collaboration is key to amplía, since it allows to offer solutions that until now were difficult to make due to the low return of investment offered to customers. The key points to enable these solutions are the cost savings in communications, the long life of the batteries, and the single rate without roaming. All these make possible adjusted costs in the devices and in the overall solution”.

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Baidu and Xiaomi Partner on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things

Artificial Intelligence and IoT

Artificial Intelligence and IoT

Leveraging the two companies’ capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), the new partnership aims to make users’ experience more compelling.

Baidu, Inc. and Chinese consumer technology company Xiaomi today announced that the companies have entered into a partnership to establish in-depth cooperation, leveraging the two companies’ strengths in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) in order to offer an enhanced experience to users in consumer electronics and smart devices.

The partnership, revealed at Xiaomi’s first IoT Developer Conference, marks a significant step in boosting China’s smart manufacturing with advanced technologies including AI, IoT and big data. Connecting AI and IoT will be a driving force to upgrade the manufacturing industry.

“The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users’ experience more compelling, moving on to the next stage in AI development,” Baidu Vice Chairman, Group President and COO, Qi Lu, said.

“Xiaomi has accumulated solid experience in smart hardware, big data and established a smart device ecosystem. It is the world’s leading company in the IoT industry. Baidu has strong technological fundamentals in AI, and with Baidu’s conversational AI system DuerOS, we are using our world-leading AI technologies and information ecosystems to support the development of the IoT industry.”

“Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and products, and Baidu has deep experience in artificial intelligence technologies, including solid capabilities in voice, images, natural language processing and deep learning. We are delighted to reach a strategic partnership in artificial intelligence with Baidu. This powerful collaboration between the two companies will enable more people to experience the excitement of using AI technologies,” said Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi.

Currently, Xiaomi has more than 280 million active users worldwide, and has accumulated a huge amount of data. Xiaomi’s IoT platform has more than 85 million connected devices, making it the world’s largest smart hardware platform. Through the launch of the Mi AI Speaker this year, Xiaomi demonstrated AI capabilities applied to its ever-growing IoT platform, and its commitment to further application of its continuing research into AI.

As leaders in AI and IoT, Baidu and Xiaomi will apply AI technologies in more real-life scenarios and provide better experiences to users through the partnership. The two companies will start in-depth cooperation in voice, computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge graph, deep learning, augmented reality and virtual reality. In the future, the two companies will be able to provide users with better experience as they are able to understand real scenarios, users and their needs better by integrating AI with IoT.

The IoT industry is promising and has enormous potential, and the applications of AI technologies are supporting its development. As a leader in AI, Baidu is using its DuerOS conversational AI system to support the development of IoT industry. In July, Badu launched the DuerOS open platform to make voice-enabled devices that can hear, understand and fulfill users’ needs. DuerOS has since added more than 130 partners and is embedded in products including smart phones, TVs, speakers, smart watches and home appliances. DuerOS has created an open platform offering AI technologies to developers who can create their IoT devices at lower costs and with fewer barriers to entry.

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WISeKey partners with HopeRun to launch WisekeyIoT platform on the Chinese IoT Market

WISeKey partners with HopeRun to launch WisekeyIoT platform on the Chinese IoT Market

WISeKey partners with HopeRun to launch WisekeyIoT platform on the Chinese IoT Market

WISeKey, a leading cybersecurity and IoT company, today announced its partnership with Jiangsu HopeRun Software Co., ltd. to provide secure IoT solutions to the Chinese market by combing WISeKey’s IoT Security framework WISeKeyIoT with HopeRun’s embedded products, services and solutions.

Benoit Makowka, Vice President of the IoT business line at WISeKey Semiconductors, said:

“By combining WISeKey’s Secure Element (our tamper-resistant silicon chip) and its managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems with Hoperun’s experience in software development and technology services, we are bringing a powerful solution to Chinese companies that wish to develop and increase the level of security for their Internet of Things (IoT) offerings.”

“Furthermore, this agreement will reinforce our position as a leader in the region as we continue to expand our geographic coverage and client base.”

“Through the integration of WISeKeyIoT framework into Hoperun’s existing IoT solutions we can provide our customers with a dedicated secure IoT network that can be tailored to their needs,” said Liu Yi, Director of Innovation Solutions at HopeRun.

WISeKeyIoT is a vertical IoT security framework, a one-stop-shop security software tool with a user-friendly interface and easy-to-integrate API that manages the life-cycle of devices and their digital certificates. Easy to implement, hard to attack, the WISeKeyIoT framework offers secure solutions even when the IoT device is in an unsecured environment, such as during production or in the field.

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M2M Cellular Innovation Aims to Increase the World’s Food Supply

M2M Cellular Innovation Aims to Increase the World’s Food Supply

M2M Cellular Innovation Aims to Increase the World’s Food Supply

Unearthing the IoT in Agriculture.

Increasing the world’s food supply is a major issue. Crop diseases can have a devastating humanitarian and economic impact and with sustained global population growth it is estimated that by 2050, a 70 per cent increase in food production is required to ensure the world is fed.

Against this backdrop global IoT cellular communications specialist Eseye is today announcing a new product partnership, with agricultural manufacturer Burkard Engineering, to fight against crop disease.

With 20-40 per cent of the world’s crop losses attributed to disease, the accurate prediction and prevention of diseases is a vital area to address. Burkard Engineering has developed connected real-time pathogen monitoring equipment to provide an early warning system of crop disease risk. The system uses Eseye’s AnyNet Secure global cellular data services to deliver data onto the AWS Cloud to provide farmers with tailored information from their own fields.

The Burkard Auto Sampler sits permanently within a farmer’s field remotely collecting DNA. Crop data is then transmitted back to the AWS Cloud where it is analysed and reported in a matter of minutes, enabling farmers to see exactly which fields are at risk and act accordingly to treat the crops. Once out of trials the product, which is part of the UK Government’s Innovate UK project, is expected to scale globally.

Stuart Wili, Managing Director at Burkard, says:

“We are finally giving farmers an answer to their concerns over the ramifications of crop disease. This not only provides peace of mind, but the solution also supports the environment, removes risk and saves precious time, resources and ultimately money.”

Paul Marshall, Chief Customer Officer at Eseye, says:
“Eseye’s work with Burkard and AWS is a prime example of the range of economic, social and environmental benefits which can be reaped through IoT. By using AnyNet Secure cellular and AWS Cloud solutions, the agricultural industry can harness the knowledge and foresight from accurate data in making informed decisions. We are delighted to be part of this project and look forward to seeing the benefits rolled out across the globe.”

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