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Connectivity Management

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Oct 19, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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How do I connect? Is my data secure? I have differing technologies, how will that impact my business as it relates to the Internet of Things (IoT)?

With the emergence and growth of the IoT, people want to know about the basics and then some because, as they say, the devil is in the details. On Nov2, 2017, Aeris will present a Connectivity Management webinar to explain many of the nuances associated with connectivity, platforms, and the overall ability to view and control the entire IoT process — from provisioning to deployment to data collection and storage to analytics and billing. Our subject matter experts define the issues, take a look at the challenges, and then provide insights to solutions proven on a global scale.

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Yield Better Grapes with Neo’s Cellular IoT Network Solutions

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Oct 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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Wines and Vines reports that the U.S. wine industry made roughly $35 billion in 2015 alone and, including imports, Americans spent roughly $58 billion on wine. To keep up with this rising demand, new wineries appear every year. More than 11,496 wineries dot the American landscape from coast to coast according to the Wine Institute, with more than 4,500 of those wineries appearing in California. While American wine connoisseur’s palates have come a long way in recent decades, the technologies used to care for and grow vino has not. With farms and ranches across the nation embracing the Internet of Things, it is time wineries consider IoT applications for efficiency and quality assurance.

Given the size and remoteness of most vineyards, cellular IoT networks make the most sense for the care and cultivation of grapes on the vine.

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Portobello Mushroom as Compared to Data

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Oct 5, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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Fun fact. The Portobello mushroom, a popular meat substitute, was originally considered an inedible byproduct crop and thrown away. Then in the 1980s, American farmers launched a marketing campaign touting the fungus as a hamburger substitute. Today, the mushroom is one of the biggest selling fungi varieties in the world, with annual sales in the billions.

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Getting Started with IoT

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Sep 28, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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Getting started in the Internet of Things (IoT) can be a daunting task for any company, but it doesn’t have to be. We all have heard about the numbers of connected devices, today and in the future. We understand that the world is moving towards the connected everything. The issue for many is how do I start? What are the challenges? What tools are necessary for IoT solutions? While it’s tempting to take a ‘wait and see’ attitude, the reality is the market is simply moving too fast to sit on the sidelines.

Here, we cover some of the issues. More in-depth analysis can be found in our recent webinar (link here) or at our Neo site (link here).

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IoT Best Practices: What You Need to Know beyond Security before You Deploy

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Sep 21, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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Security always should be top of mind when launching any IoT initiative, and we posted a blog in late 2016 specifically about this topic. What about practices outside of security? IoT is so new and moving at such a rapid pace that knowing the right approach is crucial to your success. One need only look at the graveyard of failed dot com companies to see the risk of jumping into a new tech sector without a solid strategy or understanding. Here are some tips to get you started thinking:

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Introducing the New Dress Code: IoT and Workplace Smart Glasses

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Sep 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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The wearables market—activity trackers, smart watches, smart glasses, and embedded sensors in clothing—is exploding, and nowhere is that more evident than in the workplace. What was once viewed as more of a novelty now is becoming an integral part of both enterprises and smaller businesses. Why the newfound interest in business wearables, primarily smart glasses? For the same reasons IoT is taking over every sector—efficiency, enhanced productivity, safety, and significant cost savings. According to analysts, smart glasses have enabled the field services industry alone to achieve more than $1 billion in annual cost savings, propelling the market to $6 billion in sales in 2016.

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Enjoy your Stay—IoT and the Hospitality Business

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Sep 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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In the old days, especially if you were travelling by car, finding a good hotel or restaurant was a hit or miss affair. That all changed in the 1950s with the likes of Holiday Inn and McDonald’s, as travelers preferred (and continue to prefer) a known experience to taking a chance on something new. Staying overnight in a room (or even eating at a restaurant) generally is not a primary reason for travelling, so folks want something familiar and as hassle free as possible.

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IoT and Microbrewing: Rolling Out the Barrel!

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Aug 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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While the majority of beer consumed in America continues to be made by mass-market companies, Americans also have enjoyed a love affair with microbreweries for roughly the last thirty years. But fickle consumer tastes, intrusion into the craft beer market by multinational breweries, and other factors have made independent microbreweries a challenging business. Luckily, IoT is redefining the economics of small-scale brewing, bringing all new levels of efficiency and control that empower microbreweries to thrive in unstable business climates.

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The Green, Green Grass of Home. IoT and Lawn Care

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Aug 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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The lawn care market—which includes everything from private residences to condo/apartment complexes and golf courses—has gone through significant changes over the years. Concerns over the use of toxic pesticides/fertilizers, water consumption, and the need to have green grass have shifted the industry from its ‘green at all costs’ roots. Even the image-conscious Playboy Mansion let all its lawns go brown during one severe California drought, and the Playboy organization clearly had the resources to pay for any amount of water. Plus, millennials (who ultimately will represent the largest spending group) simply aren’t interested in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ when it comes to lawn care.

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Tool Time. IoT and Construction Site Equipment

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Aug 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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Seemingly endless building projects—and jokes about construction cranes being the official bird of any given city—would lead you to believe the building industry works as a well-oiled machine. Reality is quite different, unfortunately. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, large construction projects typically are 80% over budget and take 20% more time to complete than planned. In fact, productivity even has declined in some markets, and even in healthy ones contractors face highly volatile financial returns. Given the majority of new buildings and houses are essentially customized, not prefabricated, there is a lot of room for waste and error, especially when it comes to ‘little’ things like tools.  

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