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Bringing IoT to the breakfast table
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Bringing IoT to the breakfast table 

 

Take the journey of a strawberry: From the time a strawberry seed is planted into the soil, to when the strawberries are shipped across the country and land in our local grocery stores, IoT solutions help to automate processes and eliminate inefficiencies.

Ignacio Paz

And these connected technologies benefit the agriculture industry. The agriculture and agrifoods industry accounts for 6.6 per cent of Canada’s GDP and employs more than 2.3 million people (An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System). But Canadians working in the agriculture industry are struggling to stay competitive and keep up with the demand to produce more yields while keeping operational costs low.

The Internet of Things can change that. IoT solutions can help farmers and food producers overcome the challenges of managing costly, dated, and inefficient processes.

Little things…big opportunities

IoT can have a big impact on the journey that our food takes by improving efficiency, food safety monitoring, and supply chain visibility. From the moment that a crop is planted, IoT sensors can pick up on things like soil temperature and moisture level, and, when on the road, IoT sensors can alert to things that affect perishable foods.

The same is true in the manufacturing process – IoT allows for remote monitoring and automation of equipment. For farmers and food, they get much more insight into what’s happening across the supply chain, which results in much less lost/spoiled food. Think about all those extra strawberries!

And it’s not just out in the field, restaurants can bring IoT technology to their kitchens and connect the sensors in their fridges and coolers to the internet in order to both improve food safety and save employee hours.

IoT can deliver big results for Canadian businesses

For businesses, connected devices, and the insights that they are able to derive from the data is reshaping how companies in the private and public sector operate and interact with their customers, partners and employees. We are already starting to see use cases in insurance and smart cities. Insurance providers can track driving behaviour to customize an appropriate plan based on how a customer behaves on the road. With cities, smart parking meters and traffic lights collect data and then improve the way people experience that city.

The global IoT industry is growing exponentially and is expected to be worth US$19 trillion by 2020. In fact, some are estimating that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. The opportunity is tremendous. If IoT can transform (and improve) the process of getting a strawberry to your table, image what else it can do!

Ignacio Paz leads product management for Internet of Things solutions at Rogers.

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