19 November 2017

INNOVATE - An IoT Solution Improves Wine Making for Henry of Pelham

hop_img_hp_winebottlesLast week Bell announced it has partnered with BeWhere Technologies and Huawei to implement an automated Internet of Things (IoT) solution for the Henry of Pelham vineyard to help improve planning and sustainability programs.
By using wireless environmental sensors connected to Bell's LTE-M wireless network, the winery will be able to remotely monitor temperature and water levels, prevent vine disease, and ultimately improve the health of its plants, lowering operating costs and providing for years of maintenance-free data gathering.
"Unexpected adverse weather conditions can impact quality, yield and mortality of our crops," said Matthew Speck, Owner/Viticulturist of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. "Bell's solution will increase the density of our environmental monitoring. We'll be able to automatically act on temperature inversions by turning on fans when temperatures change, ensuring the health of our grapes and an optimal product for our customers. The solution is not only economical and scalable, it gives growers a good view of the vines' temperature needs to improve quality and drive sustainability."
In June, Bell announced it will launch an LTE-M (Long Term Evolution, category M1) wireless network in 2018 to support the rapidly increasing use of IoT devices on low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) in Canada.
LTE-M improves the operating efficiency of IoT devices by enabling very low power consumption and better coverage in underground and other hard-to-reach locations. In partnership with Huawei, Bell has successfully demonstrated these benefits in its Mississauga wireless innovation lab and in network field trials.
"Bell's LTE-M network combined with BeWhere's environmental sensors and cloud-based applications will provide Henry of Pelham with a perfect solution to help them do what they do best – produce fine wines," said Owen Moore, CEO of BeWhere. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Bell, Huawei and Henry of Pelham on this project."
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:  LTE-M is intended to support a broad range of large-scale IoT solutions, including smart city services, smart metering, home automation, weather and environmental monitoring, asset tracking, supply chain management, security monitoring, transportation and logistics, as well as personal wearables for healthcare and accessibility applications.

18 November 2017

INNOVATE - Loblaws, Walmart and J B Hunt have Purchased the Heavy-duty Telsa Trucks

A Need to Reduce Carbon Emissions is driving Tesla sales

Loblaws has pre-ordered 25 of Tesla's new heavy-duty electric trucks called the Tesla Semi to join Walmart in adopting the new technology.

“It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said. The company has committed to have a fully electric fleet by 2030. To accomplish this goal Loblaws would need to add 350 zero-emission tractors and more than 2,000 zero emission trailers to its fleet.

Related imageThe Ontario-based grocer says removing diesel from its transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.

Reuters is reporting that Walmart and J B Hunt Transport Inc a major US hauler have also placed firm orders for the Tesla Semi. 

Wal-Mart said it plans to order a total of 15 Tesla trucks, five for the United States and ten for Canada. The company operates a fleet of about 6,000 trucks in the United States.

JB Hunt Transport Inc is the first major U.S. trucking company to announce an order for Tesla’s new “Semi” electric trucks, saying it has reserved multiple vehicles for use on the U.S. West Coast.

According to Reuters, about 260,000 Class-8 trucks are produced in North America annually, with a value of about $28.6 billion. The first deliveries of the Tesla Semi trucks are expected in 2019. Tesla has not identified any other buyers for the truck but claims it will be faster, easier and safer to operate than comparable diesel trucks.

Tesla claims that a fully loaded Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and has a range of about 800 kilometres. That could save owners at least US$200,000 in fuel costs over 1.6 million km.

Some analysts believe China will also be an early adopter of this technology.

ACQUIRE - Facebook Acquires TBH Application

According to industry sources, Facebook paid just under US$100 million for the 'tbh' app but they have not released the details. 

Several weeks ago Facebook acquired social media application 'tbh'. The months old application has already attracted 5 million users (downloads) who have sent more than a billion messages. The application reportedly has 2.5 million active daily users.

The application allows users to anonymously answer questions about their friends, fellow employees and other parties in their network. The 'tbh' application works by giving users a description, such as "always the best dressed," then allowing them to anonymously choose which person meets that description from a small set of names in their network. By keeping the activity structured, 'tbh' expects to maintain positive conversations, instead of regressing into bullying as other anonymous apps have done.

It is unusual for Facebook to acquire an application that is focused on anonymous activity. However, the social media giant is seeking new ways to reach young users who are fickle but savvy and often responsible. While this cohort may not be as loyal as others they can be engaged to communicate in different ways that attract their interest. 

In her statement Vanessa Chan, a Facebook spokesperson, said, “TBH and Facebook share a common goal -- of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together. We’re impressed by the way TBH is doing this by using polling and messaging, and with Facebook’s resources TBH can continue to expand and build positive experiences.”

The staff of 'tbh' will move into Facebook infrastructure and use FB resources but maintain their autonomy from other FB activities. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:  Facebook’s advertising business model requires people to use their real identities, make clear what they like or don’t like and have their social behaviours attached to their identity. This acquisition seems to show the rising value of acquiring an ecosystem with lots of activity and widespread appeal even if it doesn't fit the old paradigm. Perhaps a new recipe is required to grow a giant but mature social media play.

17 November 2017

EMERGE - Tesla Truck Launch (Surprise ending)

Lots of fun at the Tesla Launch last night! 

Tomorrow doesn't seem that far away. 

This really could be a 'hard core smack down' for diesel and gas burning vehicles!!