Monitoring manually is a costly and time-consuming activity, which is also prone to inaccuracies and errors. Still, monitoring is key across industries as it provides companies with needed information about inputs, outputs, results, and impacts of their processes and strategies. In that sense, IoT technology becomes a crucial ally because it helps overcome common monitoring challenges by providing real-time and continuous data. With IoT, companies can gather information from multiple sources and channel it into one place for analysis and interpretation, thus, facilitating efficient management and optimizing results.
The way we produce food influences climate change, nature, and biodiversity. Considering that one in ten people in the world are exposed to severe levels of food insecurity, urgent action is needed to achieve resilient and sustainable food systems.
Using IoT technology to make agriculture “smart” allows farmers to work with more precision and efficiency, and hence reduce overall usage of water, energy, and chemicals. Furthermore, data-based insights (gathered through smart sensors) can improve their decision-making and operations to achieve improved quality and more profitable performance.
To accomplish high-yielding, sustainable and efficient food production, IoT sensors can collect real-time data on key parameters such as moisture, soil nutrients, weather, CO2 concentration, energy consumption, and others.
IoT offers multiple opportunities to optimize business performance. By monitoring the operation of machines in real-time, defects can be timely identified, and productivity can be optimized. Manufacturers who rely on IoT systems can process the collected data, learn about the performance of their machines, implement methods that identify weak links or crucial deterioration, and prevent failures from occurring. As a result, serious downtime is avoided, and all processes keep running. Furthermore, the data continuously collected by IoT devices provides stakeholders with insights that result in efficient usage of their machines, smarter business operations, and lower costs.
Key machine parameters that can be monitored by IoT systems include vibration, rotor and cutting speed, lubrication, ultrasonic emissions, shock pulses, motor current signature, temperature, and air pressure, among others.
Water is at the heart of sustainable development; nevertheless, it is already in short supply and its scarcity is bound to increase over time. Society cannot afford to waste water through leaks. On average, 85% of properties waste 35% of their water consumption through leaks, and at the municipal level, pipe leaks can account for 20-30% of total drinking water.
IoT water leak detection technology was created to overcome the most cited problem: “finding the leaking cracks in pipelines.” To address this, IoT sensors are used to measure, for example, vibrations, pressures, flow rates, and sound waves. Through the sensors’ data, the IoT system can monitor the pattern of the water flow and immediately detect when it deviates from normal patterns. Thus, leading to early detection of leaks and the prevention of water wastage.
The same technology can also be applied to detect chemical leakage in high-risk areas and prevent it from leaking into the environment.