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Volume 2 / Issue 6 / September 2016

IoT in Agriculture The Cutting Edge in AG p. 3

From Farm to Freight to Fridge to Fork p. 5

Telematics Grows in “Farm-to-Fork” p. 8

Come See Us p. 9

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Volume 2 / Issue 6 / September 2016

News Flash:

Sensity Joins ThingSpace & Testing Drones on 4G

Verizon Expands ThingSpace with Sensity Systems Last month, Verizon purchased Fleetmatics for $2.8 billion to add to its telematics portfolio. This week, the carrier announced its acquisition of smart lighting solution provider, Sensity Systems, to bolster another portion of its IoT offerings. Verizon bought Sensity for an undisclosed amount—though it isn’t likely a multi-billion-dollar purchase—is set to wrap up at the end of the year. This seems to be a play for Verizon to expand its current ThingSpace platform, as Sensity provides “a large set of customers plus some specific applications of IoT architecture, as well as sensor points that can be used for a vairety of other big data plays.” (TechCrucnch). Source: TechCrunch

AT&T and Qualcomm Join Forces to Test Drones on 4G At CTIA Super Mobility 2016, AT&T and Qualcomm announced that they would be testing drone technologies that would run on 4G networks. This comes at a time when many companies are looking at sunsetting 2G and 3G networks in favor of faster connectivity speeds. With drone technologies running on networks with lower latency and constant connectivity, a drone’s ability to transmit and receive information will be greatly improved. These tests should enable nonline-of-sight operations in an effort to extend a drone’s ability to fly beyond an operator’s field of vision, improving delivery, remote inspection, and exploration capabilities. Additionally, these tests are also meant to gear drone technology up for “mission critical” use cases on 5G networks. Source: Mobile World Dive

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Volume 2 / Issue 6 / September 2016

IoT: The Cutting Edge in AG Agriculture is not always considered to be a technology space, but if we go back through history, most technological advances have come through the AG channel due to our agrarian “roots”. By Bill Brehm Farmers are constantly innovating to get more productivity from their land. Fertilizers, crop rotations, farm implements, barn configurations, conservation tillage, terracing, artificial insemination, embryo transfer and cross breeding plants and animals are just a few of the areas in which the creativity of farmers have made drastic improvements in yield and profits. But now there is a new tool, the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT

space has enabled farmers to apply that creativity to a variety of use cases, including in-field monitoring of crops, connected irrigation systems, livestock sensors, and more. Field crops are probably the most vital products produced on farms, and getting from seed to grocery store can be complex. In order to overcome this, farmers have built technology into every step. To get information about the correct soil conditions, farms battle Mother Nature in every region of the world. Monitoring stations in the field, however, can collect information on air and soil temperature, solar radiation levels, precipitation, wind speed, and leaf wetness, just to name a few. By placing probes throughout the field, areas that need help can be pinpointed so that adjustments can be made quickly, resulting in increased yields and improving ROI. Water conservation and irrigation monitoring can now go hand-in-hand through the use of sensors in the field and on the irrigation equipment. It is estimated that the U.S. currently has 55,000,000 acres under irrigation and over 600,000 pumps under agricultural use. By monitoring sensors on the pumps and dr