Robots are everywhere, and they’re here to help! While they haven’t achieved sentience yet and may not look like the androids promised in science-fiction films, today’s robots still are incredibly useful for an astonishing range of tasks. Serving humanity in a variety of shapes and sizes, our automated friends can perform jobs ranging from complex manufacturing processes and medical procedures to simple monitoring and delivery services.
In March 2017, Artnet reported on The European Fine Art Fair’s (TEFAF) annual assessment of the global art market. TEFAF found that for all of 2016, the global art market generated around $45 billion in revenue. Of this $45 billion, the FBI estimates that nearly $4 to $5 billion in art and artifacts are stolen each year before being sold on the black market. That’s a roughly 11% loss for the market. Art theft can happen almost anywhere, and thieves are bold enough to steal from galleries, auctions, and even private residences.
When most people think of pet ownership, animals like dogs and cats come to mind. But over the past 20 years or so, the reptile pet market (frogs, snakes, lizards, turtles, etc.) has exploded, and that has been both a blessing and a curse for the industry. On the positive side, the industry has seen record profits, increased awareness of proper ownership, and mass-market availability of everything from supplies to veterinary care. The negative stems primarily from demographics—the average reptile owner is 18-to-24 years old and economically unstable. Reptiles are inexpensive to buy but, like any pet, costly to maintain relative to the purchase price. This puts the creatures at grave risk when their owners fall on hard times, which happens frequently.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 133 billion pounds of food from stores, restaurants, and homes is wasted annually. While some of that waste is composted, the vast majority ends up in landfills where it causes significant negative impacts on the environment. In addition, food disposal fees, as well as other factors, can adversely affect the bottom line of food-related businesses. This is where technology can play a big part. IoT-based solutions can remedy a lot of the food disposal issues plaguing the industry by offering a smart infrastructure that benefits every stakeholder, government, and business alike.
The New York Times estimates that there are approximately 700,000 home saltwater aquariums in the United States. When maintained responsibly with specimens obtained from ethical vendors, aquariums can be a great way to learn more about the biodiversity of our planet. Long-time fish owners understand the special wonder of bringing the ocean into their home, and those building an aquarium for the first time are sure to quickly become enchanted with their watery pets.
Overfishing, ever-increasing consumer demand, pollution/climate change, and a host of other factors are threatening the world’s seafood supply. One solution that has proven effective is aquaculture, or fish farming, although it is not without controversy. While farmed seafood from many (primarily western) countries is safe, stock from unregulated or poorly regulated countries has left consumers wondering if the non-wild fish they are eating is healthy. Lab testing and investigations have uncovered cancerous chemicals, as well as human and other animal waste, in the water. On top of that, some of the fish farms were engaged in activities considered illegal in most countries.
This is where IoT technology can offer tremendous benefits. It can optimize any aquaculture operation, plus ensure everything grown and harvested meets accepted standards.
Pyrotechnic displays can be amazing to watch but, as with any explosion, there are many safety concerns and potential hindrances to watch out for. In 2016 alone, 11,000 fireworks injuries were reported in the U.S. according to the Insurance Journal. While most of these injuries resulted from misuse and user failure in backyards across the nation, even fireworks professionals are not exempt from risk.
Fortune reports that American beers raked in an estimated $252.6 billion in 2014 alone, and the industry has continued growing in years since. With craft-brewing and micro-brewing taking the industry to new heights, more people than ever before are learning how to make beer. But the fermentation process is complex and difficult to control, with any number of variables influencing the taste and quality of your brew. Especially for home breweries and smaller establishments making fewer batches, loss of even a single batch due to quality control issues can set back production for weeks.
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.
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.