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Verizon flaunts affordable, easy-to-use IoT platform

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Sustainable wine

Hahn Family Wines of Soledad, Calif. wanted to be smarter about its water consumption during a state-wide drought. Instead of massively irrigating fields of grapevines, growers took a targeted approach.

Verizon helped develop a ThingSpace-based sensor platform for Hahn to monitor moisture, temperature, and pipelines over 30 acres of vineyard.

"It's taken us away from what is traditionally calendar-based irrigation to more targeted irrigation," said Director of Winemaking Paul Clifton. "We're able to accurately more engage soil moisture monitors throughout the vineyard, figure out how much water is delivered to the vine and if the vine really needs water."

IoT platform

Cellular is the way to go with an ag tech system because Verizon has a lot of utilised spectrum in rural areas, an official said. (Image: EE Times/Jessica Lipsky)

The monitoring system includes a soil moisture monitor that measures at four different depths, a sensor to track temperature and humidity in the leaf canopy, and gateway. The system also contains a flow metre to track the amount of water going to a particular area as well as the state of pipes. Data from the system will be pulled into ThingSpace analytics platforms.

Intelligent Video

Most video monitoring systems for smart cities and enterprise require the customer to be both an expert and a manager, Verizon senior business consultant Jesse James said. To ease entry, Verizon has a pilot programme for a managed video monitoring system based on a subscription service.

Video surveillance programme

The video surveillance programme is being tested with a California police agency and an educational institution on the East Coast. The system should be widely available by 2016. (Image: EE Times/Jessica Lipsky)

Most transmitted security video is unnecessary, James said, and Verizon has configured its surveillance system to only send video when an action has taken place. For example, a bank that has had a string of robberies could constantly monitor bag drops, but only send video to be analysed when a transaction occurs.

The cameras can be tethered outside a box or hidden inside, alongside fans and heaters, a router, processor and storage for up to 30 days of local high definition video. Videos are sent to the cloud via cellular connection when necessary.

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