Rice Paddy Sensor Networks Improve Rice Farming

Rice is cultivated all over the world in fields known as rice paddies and it is one of the most maintenance intensive crops to grow. The rice paddy itself requires a large part of that maintenance. It is flooded with water that must be kept at a constant level, just below the height that would keep rice seedlings from growing but high enough to drown any weeds that would compete with the rice stalks for nutrients. This technique is called continuous flooding and a big part of the job of a rice farmer is to inspect the rice paddy every day to make sure the water levels are normal and there are no cracks or holes that could lead to water leakage. Continue reading “Rice Paddy Sensor Networks Improve Rice Farming”

Connected Home Players Should Look to Innovative Business Models to Grow, Report Shows

Connected home players should look to innovative business models like micro-transactions in the nascent sector, a joint report from Deutsche Telekom and Strategy Analytics has claimed.

The report has shed light on the European market in particular, predicting significant new revenues for those who succeed.

Across the continent, the connected home market will be worth up to €15.5 billion annually by 2019, according to the report authors. Continue reading “Connected Home Players Should Look to Innovative Business Models to Grow, Report Shows”

“Making Visible the Invisible”, a Presentation by Jules Birks and Vanessa Di Murro, CSIC, University of Cambridge

Sometimes the data we gather from a site provides information that is so complex it’s hard to interpret. Occasionally, it can also throw up information we weren’t expecting. That’s fine when we know what we’re looking at, and have the expertise to interpret the information before us, but what happens when it’s left to other site staff to keep an eye on things? Continue reading ““Making Visible the Invisible”, a Presentation by Jules Birks and Vanessa Di Murro, CSIC, University of Cambridge”

The Internet of Things in Commercial Buildings: Where Are We and Where Could We Be?

Getting data out of buildings should be much easier than it is now. We spend 90 percent of our lives in buildings, and two-thirds of all energy is used by them. That said, building management is stuck in the past, primarily because there are structural and market barriers that prevent us from rapidly improving operational and energy efficiency … Continue reading “The Internet of Things in Commercial Buildings: Where Are We and Where Could We Be?”