Bell uses IoT to boost production at Canadian winery

Bell uses IoT to boost production at Canadian winery

Canadian telecommunications giant Bell has teamed up with BeWhere Technologies and Huawei to kit out a winery with connected technology.

Bell, BeWhere and Huawei are currently implementing an automated IoT system at the Henry of Pelham vineyard in St Catherines, Ontario in a bid to transform planning and sustainability. The partners announced the news with the support of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Bell has provided the winery with a range of wireless environmental sensors, connected to its LTE-M network. These sensors monitor temperature and water levels, prevent vine disease and improve the health of plants, the firm said.

With this project, the winery will be able to lower its operating costs and make use of years of data gathering and insights.

Read more: Verizon teams with ITK to bring IoT to three California vineyards

IoT to the rescue

Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, commended the project. “Ontario’s technology sector is leading the way when it comes to developing solutions that can promote sustainability, grow our economy and create opportunities for our people,” she said.

“This new IoT pilot shows the innovation that can be achieved when internationally recognised companies like Huawei partner with world-class Ontario businesses like Bell Mobility, BeWhere and Henry of Pelham and leverage the incredible talent of our province’s highly skilled workers.”

Matthew Speck, owner of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, said that there are a number of challenges faced by vineyard owners, but that IoT technology can help them overcome them.

“Unexpected adverse weather conditions can impact quality, yield and mortality of our crops. Bell’s solution will increase the density of our environmental monitoring,” he said.

“We’ll be able to automatically act on temperature inversions by turning on fans when temperatures change, ensuring the health of our grapes and an optimal product for our customers.

“The solution is not only economical and scalable, it gives growers a good view of the vines’ temperature needs to improve quality and drive sustainability.”

Read more: Winemaker uses drones and IoT to boost crop production

Big possibilities

Claire Gillies, vice president of Bell Mobility, said: “Bell’s leadership in LTE-M wireless technology and in the IoT space is a result of our continued investment and innovation in broadband communications networks and services.

“The LTE-M network enables smart sensors to collect and send data over a wider range and with much better battery life – a perfect fit for Henry of Pelham, wineries and growers across the country and many other industries.”

Connected technology is a big focus for Bell. In June, it unveiled plans to launch an LTE-M wireless network to cater for the growing amount of devices being connected to the internet.

LTE-M can support IoT technologies such as smart city services, smart metering, home automation, weather and environmental monitoring, asset tracking, supply chain management and security monitoring. It offers low power consumption and better coverage.

Read more: Chilean winery PengWine adds IoT marketing to the blend

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Banyan Water releases water conservation product that uses smart controllers

Banyan Water, a water-management company that utilizes on-site hardware and an analytics engine to help commercial real estate companies save water costs released Banyan Water Central (BWC) 3.0. It is a suite of water management software and services.

Banyan Water Dashboard

BWC 3.0 is an enhanced version of Banyan’s existing solution called ‘Irrigation Insight’. Though originally designed for large properties only, the newly released version also helps smaller properties to reduce irrigation water use.

How does it work?

BWC 3.0 utilizes a property’s existing irrigation system by installing smart controllers, flow monitoring devices, and weather tracking technology on it. The Banyan software triangulates the data (water saving goals, watering schedules, and weather patterns) and helps provide the optimal amount of water use.

The solution also detects water leakage and alerts customers about the situation. It can be used to remotely shut off the irrigation system.

Banyan Water’s key use cases include tracking and analyzing water usage, real-time leak detection, and indoor water tracking, and optimizing cooling-tower’s water usage. It’s customers mainly belong to retail and hospitality, multifamily and student housing, Fortune 500 firms and commercial real estate properties.


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OnKöl remote patient monitoring uses Gemalto IoT connectivity

OnKöl remote patient monitoring uses Gemalto IoT connectivity

Gemalto announces the use of its IoT connectivity technology in OnKöl’s mHealth solution.

Enabled by Gemalto’s wireless module, the smart hub connects the elderly and those with special needs to their family and caregivers, allowing them to live in their own home safely, independently and comfortably.

With the population of older individuals due to double in size by 20301 and the ratio of potential caregivers to decrease by over fifty percent2, new technology must rise to meet the need for quality care. However, adoption rates amongst elderly patients have been low as current mHealth options are often too complicated.

Designed for stylish simplicity, the award-winning OnKöl hub removes barriers to technology adoption and encourages engagement without intimidation. Straight out of the box, it can notify family members, caregivers, and even medical professionals of everything from vital signs to medication reminders to emergency response situations.

OnKol smart hubEquipped with Gemalto’s M2M module, the above remote patient monitoring services are securely managed over-the-air to simplify deployment, personalization and software updates. The patient can easily connect health and home monitoring devices, like blood pressure cuffs, heart-monitors, and smoke detectors, and Gemalto’s module encrypts and sends the gathered information to the OnKöl platform where it is delivered to caregivers and can even be logged into the patients’ electronic medical records.

Executive Comments:

Erich Jacobs, CEO, OnKöl:
“Gemalto’s reputation, wide variety of high quality, industrial-grade modules and breadth of mHealth experience convinced us that their technology was the best fit for our product. It allowed us to deliver a hub that is effortless to set up, use, and scale to support OnKöl business growth in the future.”

Rodrigo Serna, SVP Mobile and IoT Services, Americas, Gemalto:

“We were able to work with OnKöl to create an innovative product that has not yet been seen in the market and is customized to its end user’s specific needs. By enabling simple and reliable communication, Gemalto and OnKöl are helping older individuals to maintain their independence and create peace of mind for their caregivers.”

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Cincinnati Airport uses Bliptrack to improve passenger wait times

Cincinnati Airport uses Bliptrack to improve passenger wait times

Cincinnati Airport in Kentucky is using connected technology from BlipTrack in a bid to deal with passenger demand and improve wait times.

With almost seven million passengers passing through this international transport hub last year, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is using live data to identify delays at the security checkpoint and allocate staff and resources better.

To do this, it’s been using BlipTrack technology from Blip Systems, allowing it to process passengers in more efficient ways. Just last year, the airport achieved its best-ever ranking in its 21-year history in the US Department of Transportation airfare report.

Read more: Billund Airport invests in IoT system to improve passenger experience

Tech pioneer

CVG is always looking to improve, and it’s been using sophisticated technology for years. In 2014, CA implemented BlipTrack queue and flow technology at its checkpoints.

It was the first American airport to implement this technology, which allows staff to measure, understand and improve the traveler experience, and to better plan and allocate crucial resources.

After one year of use, the airport announced that the data gathered had helped it reduced its security line wait times by one third. A 2015 report by Purdue University found that standard wait times had dropped by nearly over four minutes from 13.2 minutes in 2011 to 8.9 minutes.

Read more: New Zealand Air Force recruits Blip Systems for traffic management project

Continuing journey

Since originally enabling this technology, Cincinnati Airport has added new features to the solution to help it continue streamlining operations further and improving the passenger experience.

For instance, it’s now using passenger-facing wait time monitors and CVGairport.com interfaces to provide immediate wait-time status, easing natural travel anxieties associated with queuing for passengers.

In addition, the airport has established what it calls “service level agreement (SLA)-like standards for self-accountability”, helping it to stick to its goal of wait times below 15 minutes. 

Read more: Birmingham Airport uses IoT to monitor queues and keep passengers happy

Boosting efficiencies

Stephen Saunders, senior manager of terminal operations at CVG, explained how the technology works: “We have added a new feature that allows us to understand the pattern of how lanes are being utilized throughout the day.

“This helps us better understand TSA’s lane utilization on any given day. Our future goal is to pair this information with passenger show-up profiles and wait-time inputs to complete a story of how the check point is operating as a whole, and help the TSA develop lane open/close plans based on predicted throughputs.”

He added that the airport, which serves the greater Cincinnati area, has been working with partners to get the most out of this technology. “We have used tangible data to work with our partners at TSA to adjust officer start time,” said Saunders.

“We previously noticed a high spike in queue waits during our heaviest early bank of morning flights, levelling off after about 7:30am. We collectively identified TSA schedules were misaligned with the flight schedules.”

Read more: Smart city of Aarhus uses Bluetooth sensors to improve traffic flows

The future is here

Candace McGraw, CEO at CVG, is a big believer in this innovation.  “Our use of the technology has proven quite successful,” she said.

“It has enabled CVG to continue our close collaboration with TSA to ensure that the passenger experience is one that enhances the journey experience, not detracts from it. Our significant investments in our facilities and the solution ensures we use them as as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

Today, more than 25 airports from around the world are using technology from Bliptrack. They include JFK, San Diego, Copenhagen, Dublin, Oslo, Manchester and Brussels airports.

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Mitsubishi Electric uses Oracle Cloud to Develop its IoT Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Mitsubishi Electric uses Oracle Cloud to Develop its IoT Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Using Oracle Cloud, New FA-IT Open Platform Enables Rapid Collection, Analysis, and Utilization of Production Site Data.

Oracle today announced its collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for smart manufacturing.

With Oracle Cloud, Mitsubishi Electric developed its new FA-IT Open Platform for factory automation. Using edge computing between devices and business applications, the new platform enables the rapid collection, analysis, and utilization of data at production site.

With organizations rapidly adopting Industry 4.0, manufacturers are increasingly seeking to optimize their total manufacturing processes by using IoT to collect data from all equipment in factories for visualization and analysis. Developing such IoT systems from scratch is an enormous task requiring that data be collected and modeled from a wide variety of production equipment, including existing equipment, for analytical purposes.

With FA-IT Open Platform, vendors can create manufacturing applications for operation on the platform, including connecting the platform to industrial networks to collect data from diverse devices and production equipment. The cloud-connected platform can be used to link manufacturing sites with cloud vendors’ own cloud-supported manufacturing-optimization services for supply chains, administration of multiple factories worldwide, and other applications.

FA-IT Open Platform leverages Oracle Database Cloud, Oracle Java Cloud, Oracle BI Cloud, Oracle IoT Cloud, Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud, Oracle SOA Cloud, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service. Information received in real time from machine tools and production terminals is received by Oracle IoT Cloud, enabling efficient real time processing with the extensible infrastructure. Mitsubishi Electric utilizes machine learning of Oracle Database Cloud, the reporting function of Oracle BI Cloud, and the cost-effective Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in the analysis of accumulated Big Data, contributing to further development of solutions in the factory automation area for customers and to smart manufacturing industry.

“Mitsubishi Electric develops advanced technologies and products for rapidly emerging factory automation,” said Toshiya Takahashi, corporate executive group senior vice president, factory automation system, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. “Our e-F@ctory concept for integrated automation reduces the total cost of developing, producing and maintaining products. Mitsubishi Electric’s new FA-IT Open Platform is based on edge computing to accelerate IoT utilization for smart manufacturing.”

“By adding Oracle Cloud services to this platform, we believe that it will be possible to visualize factories and build an application development environment. In order to provide the platform to customers early, we will also work with partner companies, including IT companies, to develop applications utilizing the platform.”

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