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Ericsson brings the Internet of Things to wine production

Tue 20 Oct 2015

Swedish multinational telco Ericsson is partnering with Intel and IoT innovators MyOmega and Telnor to bring Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring and data analysis technology to the winemaking industry.

In a release today, the Stockholm-based company announces its collaboration on a new system to collect and utilise various types of data related to winemaking industries, including solar temperature, soil humidity and air data. The information will be networked via IoT sensors and Intel gateways for cloud-based processing.

The service will make use of the TracoVino solutions package offered by German IoT facilitators MyOmega, which can provide dashboards and process flow information for wine-based agricultural workflows via the MYNXG architecture. Four winemakers from the Mosel Valley area of Germany are already participating in field trials for the system, and initial results from these will be showcased at Broadband World Forum over the next couple of days.

Ericsson’s Vice President (Product Area Network Functions) Anders Olin says: “We see great potential for scaling the service to winemakers globally and to additional industrial applications in the networked society, such as real estate management.”

MyOmega provides hosted cloud architecture with full remote management via its MYNXG CTRL
system, which offers secure management of access, data flows and devices, and activity monitoring over a secure mobile network infrastructure.

Sensor and meter technology in the agricultural sector is a mature and rapidly advancing technology, but leveraging Big Data analysis via IoT networks promises not only short-yield advantages, but longer-term analytical reporting that can provide data-based recommendations for field rotation and intervention, amongst other aspects, once enough historical data is built up using agreed and consistent methodologies.

There is significant interest in the widespread and non-specific deployment of early detection systems in agricultural and countryside environments, with the ambit of moving from a damage-limitation model of land management to one which anticipates developing issues. In Korea a research group supported by the Korean Ministry of Science has proposed [PDF] an Underground Risk Assessment System employing IoT technologies to provide monitoring and prediction capabilities for unforeseen underground hazards such as road-side subsidence, and urban sinkholes caused by leaks in water pipes. Other schemes have envisaged low-drain IoT sensors on bridges and other significant structures to monitor for signs of depreciation or wear.

There is clear financial motivation for both agriculture and local councils and boroughs to scatter IoT coverage so wide as to foresee a time when the saturation device coverage in metropolitan environments will be unbroken up to – and perhaps beyond – national boundaries or coasts. One might wonder whether the specificity of these devices in various environments might not be brought up as a governmental issue in years to come, since the potential IoT network will be as diverse and task-specific as it is all-encompassing.

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