Tank Monitoring for Small Businesses

Dave ParkerIoT, SME

tanks in a brewery

Why do I need Tank Monitoring? From fluids such as chemicals, fuel and water to bulk solids like cement, cereals and aggregates, these are just some of the critical inputs and outputs for many businesses. You may run a farm, a fuel depot for vehicles, an industrial process or a brewery but in each case the raw material or finished product will be stored in some kind of tank or silo and you will want to know how much of it you have. At first glance using IoT technology for tank monitoring may seem straightforward but there are many variations on this application. At the simplest level the IoT device generates an alert to know when a certain level has … Read More

Skip Fill Monitoring

adminIoT, SME, Sustainability

full industrial skip

Why do I need Skip Fill Monitoring? Can you save money on fuel costs and reduce emissions if you plan a route that lets you pick up skips in the most efficient way? Do you have contracts with businesses, like newspaper printers, that rely on having skip capacity to run their businesses efficiently? Will customer satisfaction and recommendations increase if you can collect a skip as soon as it’s full, without your customer having to call you? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then your business may benefit from a monitoring solution that can automatically alert you when your skips are full and ready for collection.  How does it work? Skip fill monitoring is part of a … Read More

Smart Doorbell

Dave ParkerIoT, SME

doorbells

Why do I need a Smart Doorbell? A smart doorbell or smart button can benefit your business in different ways. As a security device it allows you to know who is at your door or an unattended reception desk. Your operations may involve you being out in the yard and away from the building while you attend to stocktaking or repairs for example. A hotel can use a smart button to summon a taxi without the need to make a phone call or send an SMS.  You may be away from your premises but would like to know who is at your door and be able to communicate with them. You may also wish to give access to a trusted … Read More

7 Important battery considerations for your IoT application

Dave ParkerIoT

batteries

The availability of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) communications technology allows IoT applications to be implemented that were not possible before. These applications have no access to mains or vehicular power sources and must rely on batteries. If your device relies on batteries, then you have to work out what type of battery is best for you. The device has to work autonomously for the length of time required by the application. The problem facing designers of an IoT deployment is how to dimension the battery for the job the device is required to do. Using cellular network technologies such as NB-IoT or LTE-M, or alternatives such as LoRa or Sigfox, you can now envisage deploying IoT devices that will … Read More

Can IoT help the Circular Economy?

Dave ParkerIoT, Sustainability

Aerial view of forest

This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth” and we’re reflecting on the requirement for a more sustainable approach to pretty much everything and whether IoT can assist in making that a reality. Since the industrial revolution our model of production and consumption can be summarised as ‘take-make-use-dispose’. Two hundred years later that model has been recognised as the cause of resource depletion, pollution, habitat loss and climate change. This is not sustainable. We have to move towards a different model, one of ‘take – make – repair – repurpose – recycle – remake’, to create a Circular Economy (CE). Many big corporations have developed or are developing CE strategies and practices, and many small and medium size … Read More

2G – Mobile’s Golden Oldie: still key for IoT

David Steel2G, IoT

pie chart showing global mobile spectrum use

With so much focus on 5G, it is interesting to see how mobile operators are currently using all of the spectrum they have won over the past 30 years. Global Mobile Spectrum Usage As a part of developing the knowledge base for our website, I looked at spectrum usage across the world. We decided this would be important to include as it would help our users understand what mobile services they had in countries they needed to operate in. Further to that, understanding the spectrum being used to offer those services could help decide on equipment choices – does the terminal support that frequency? Having drawn the information together for the majority of countries and carriers I thought it would … Read More