When it comes to on-the-go internet, mobile wireless routers — also known as hotspots — have been filling the gap between Wi-Fi and cellular since 2009. Instead of being tethered to a Wi-Fi connection or having to browse the internet on your smartphone, hotspots give laptop and tablet users the ability to connect to the internet whenever and wherever, as long as there is cellular coverage.
During this holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to friends, customers, and colleagues who have contributed to our success. And we hope that you have reached all your goals for the year.
Cellular web networks allow for Internet connectivity even outdoors or in remote locations, and for smaller companies or startups without the resources to invest in more expensive Wi-Fi architecture Subscriber Identity Modules – better known as SIM cards – can make all the difference. Similarly, communities with limited resources can leverage SIM cards to cheaply connect everyone at a data rate within their budget. If Wi-Fi changed the world by making high-speed, reliable connections commonplace in the home, SIM cards change the world by letting everyone connect on-the-go for less, with much greater flexibility in terms of service providers, usage rates, and more. With the advent of the Internet of Things, the SIM card has emerged as the key to connectivity. But what are some specific examples of the SIM card’s impact on our world?
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.