Wildfires destroyed 10.1 million acres in 2015 according to High Country News, with costs for the destruction rising to $2.6 billion by the end of the year. These frightening natural disasters are difficult to manage under even the best of circumstances and pose a threat to homes, lives, and the land itself. Modern fire safety technology is improving, but there still is much that can be done to give wildland fire response teams the upper hand in battle. The Internet of Things is a powerful weapon in this war, and a linked network of IoT devices can connect any fire team across a wide range of land to improve communications, monitoring capabilities, and allow for more agile response. Urban and suburban fire response teams already are adopting IoT throughout the country, and the time is ripe for wildfire teams to join in.
When a company decides to deploy a SIM-enabled IoT connectivity solution, it usually comes from a wide-ranging need for field asset management. Typically, after experiencing positive growth in their market, business leaders should put aside tools that are insufficient, unwieldy, or obsolete to ensure continued growth. SIM technology presents a simple, yet powerful, solution to monitor activity, diagnose anomalies, and take steps to achieve the most beneficial outcome for a business’ assets.
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.