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By Yash Mehta on May 22, 2017

Agricultural Internet of Things technology applications

Technological development follows no physical or invisible boundaries and expands its roots in all directions. Likewise, the Internet of Things has its applications in fields of home security, Industry (as Industrial Internet of Things) and smart cities. But technological development within the Internet of Things has even sown its seeds in the agricultural sector, leading to the Agricultural Internet of […]

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By Hannah Merry on March 28, 2017

IoT: Reducing the effect of weather on industries

The weather has a direct, daily impact on us as it affects what we wear, our mood and the industries we work for. The Weather Company estimated that it’s the largest external factor affecting business performance, leading to $1 trillion lost annually in the US alone. The Internet of Things (IoT) can help improve our understanding of […]

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By Jacqi Levy on February 12, 2017

4 BIG ways the IoT is impacting design and construction

This is the first post in a four-part series on how the IoT is impacting buildings. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming every facet of the building – how we inhabit them, how we manage them, and even how we build them. There is a vast ecosystem around today’s buildings, and no part of […]

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By Franklin Morris on February 7, 2017

How the Internet of Things can make your office more sustainable

Although it’s still a work in progress, the Internet of Things (IoT) as it currently stands could already help offices become greener. As everything from refrigerators to cars become connected to the internet, data and feedback allows these everyday objects to become more responsive. New office buildings come equipped with smart sensors to automatically shut off heating and […]

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By Phillip Tracy on February 2, 2017

Plastic bean-shaped sensors monitor crops for precision agriculture 

The internet of beans We thought you’d enjoy this thought leadership article about how IoT is transforming industries. To learn more about how IBM Watson IoT can help you obtain greater efficiency through smarter asset management, please read our white paper, Understanding the Value of Enterprise Asset Management. Thumb-sized “plastic beans” are being filled with […]

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By Jen Clark on January 25, 2017

Managing storm water with the Internet of Things

Storms are destructive beasts, especially to cities and built-up areas. Even your average bout of heavy rain can lead to overflowing rivers and flooding; damaging infrastructure, rendering roads impassible and halting transport until the damage is repaired. So can the Internet of Things help manage excess storm water, and even put it to good use? […]

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By David Curry on January 11, 2017

Can IoT turn back climate change?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to revolutionize most industries, installing sensors to capture and analyze more data, which will hopefully make them more efficient, smarter, and less polluting. In a new post, We Forum suggests that IoT will provide the means to detect illegal logging in areas like the Amazon rainforest, ensuring that deforestation is […]

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By Matt Bellias on January 9, 2017

IoT for water utilities

It’s often said that water is the world’s most valuable commodity, but in many Western countries water has been so cheap and accessible that many people don’t even think about its cost. But with rapid urbanization – nearly 70% of the world’s population lives in cities – it is estimated that almost half of the […]

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By Julie Yamamoto on December 1, 2016

Why cognitive sustainability makes good business sense

As a leader, you constantly have your eyes peeled for ideas to accelerate growth, reduce cost and identify ways to improve customer satisfaction. These are common goals across every industry, whether in the private or public sector, and they’re becoming more challenging to achieve in a changing world. As inequality, poverty, and environmental pressures rise, […]

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By Franklin Morris on November 16, 2016

Incorporating weather data into IoT is a game changer

Weather has long been a source of headaches for businesses across all industries. Extreme conditions can cause power outages and supply shortages, leading to production delays. Changing resource availability, due to a blizzard or hurricane, will often raise operating costs. Severe storms shut down facilities, interrupt communications, transportation and power systems. And let’s not forget […]

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By David Rogers on October 28, 2016

How do you standardise the Internet of Tigers?

A couple of months ago, I was present at a meeting in Geneva where the “Internet of Tigers” was discussed. The topic was raised by an African country – tigers are of course resident in Asia, although some do live on reserves in Africa, such as at Tiger Canyons in the Karoo, South Africa. Tracking […]

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By Jen Clark on October 14, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: can IoT help safeguard us in crisis?

The U.S. is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which for two weeks has swept destructive hurricane-force winds along the Florida coast, pushing north to Georgia and the Carolinas. A Reuters report estimates that nearly 900 people have died in Haiti, with 17 killed in the U.S., due to a devastating combination of rainfall […]

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