Over the last 20 year, more than two billion people have been affected by flooding disasters, according to an article from the United Kingdom's Channel 4 News. Those affected by floods comprise not only people living in urban areas, but also farmers whose livelihood depend on understanding weather patterns, which are becoming more unpredictable. Rain gauges, ranging from simple water-collecting devices to more complex optical detectors, play an important role in managing and preventing flooding disasters when precipitation levels rise.
According to World Population Clock (and UN projections), the global population will exceed 8.6 billion people by 2035. At that rate, farmers and agriculturalists worldwide will need to double their efforts in order to sustain the nutritional needs of an extra billion mouths to feed. This includes not only raising more livestock and growing more crops but also addressing challenges associated with crop regeneration, pest control, climate change, and waste.
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.