Surrounding one’s self with several hundred species of wild animal from all corners of the world would normally present a serious and frightening safety risk for even the most intrepid thrill seeker. Yet we rarely think about safety when we step through the gates of our city’s local zoo. Behind the scenes, however, zookeepers work tirelessly to ensure a welcoming and danger-free experience while also looking after their own safety, as well as the well-being of the amazing creatures in their care. However, this does not mean that the experience always is without incident. National Geographic reports that from 1990 to 2016, 42 animals have died as the result of an escape or attack attempt. By contrast, 15 human lives were lost to zoo incidents in that same timeframe, along with 110 being injured.
Businesses across dozens of industries are turning IoT-collected data into practical action to improve operational efficiency and provide better service. From retail supply chain management to smart home solar energy to healthcare patient monitoring to tracking fleet locations and service conditions, the number of applications for data collected by IoT will continue to grow as wireless technology advances.
According to The Alzheimer’s Association, more than 44 million people globally live with Alzheimer’s disease, including five million patients in the United States alone. As life expectancy increases, the number of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other diseases that affect memory is estimated to rise to as high as 16 million in the U.S. by 2050. While great strides are being made to understand, treat, and hopefully prevent the disease, there still is no cure.
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.
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.