1Taking a Tour of How IoT Is Put to Use by Smaller Businesses
2Keeping It Real
Rezendes said that although there are technologies such as remote sensors in satellite images to gauge conditions from above, “you need to go out in the physical world” for the IoT to work for most businesses. Devices need to be installed at the sites. INEX has about two dozen projects in the field.
3Sponsorships Keeping the Labs Afloat
4Adding Some Star Power
5Heading Out to Sea
One of the INEX pilot projects is New Bedford Harbor, home to the country’s top fishing port based on the value of the catch. It’s also an example of the ripple effect the IoT can have. The fishing port brings in $600 million to $700 million a year, but the harbor—through all the businesses the catch touches—has about a $9 billion impact on the state, Rezendes said. If the use of sensors and other instruments can improve the catch and its value, it could be a boon for the whole state.
6Seeing the Lighthouse
INEX has installed sensors and a Dell Edge Gateway 5000 outfitted with technology from partner V5 Systems at the Palmer’s Island Lighthouse—near the opening of the hurricane barrier, through which the fishing fleet and other boats move between the harbor and Atlantic Ocean—that send back video feeds to the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission.
7Future Plans for Harbor Sensors
Other ideas in development include putting sensors and Dell gateways in buildings where boats offload their catches; around the harbor to detect chemical, biological, nuclear and other threats; and on boats in place of the humans who monitor the catches, which can cost boat owners as much as $850 a day per person.
8Growing the Grapes
At the 130-acre Salt Creek Vineyard in South Dartmouth, Mass., sensors from Davis Instruments and New Mountain located at the top of poles in three fields act as a weather station, measuring everything from wind speed and direction to sunlight, rainfall and humidity—information vineyard workers can use to determine their practices for growing grapes. They also operate on solar power.
9Keeping an Eye on the Winery
10Separating the Stems From the Grapes
One of the machines that will be outfitted with sensors is the one for separating the stems from the grapes, one of the first steps in the winemaking process. The sensors will be able to alert the growers if the machine isn’t functioning, reducing the amount of downtime and making the business more efficient.
12Leading the Way to Better Growth
13Tracking the Gas
14Water in the Wells
Nursery owner Fred Dabney, worried that the regional drought was lowering the water in his two wells, had cut back on the amount of watering the nursery was doing. However, sensors installed in the wells found that there was plenty of water in both, enabling him to continue to do the watering he needed.
15A Gateway to the IoT
A key device at many of these pilot sites is the Dell IoT gateway, which can collect, store and analyze the data from the myriad sensors installed.