In 2008, the number of things connected to the internet exceeded earth’s population. As computers and sensors get smaller, things get smarter, and the tech industry can do incredible things through connectivity. As Nikola Tesla told Colliers Magazine interviewers in 1926, “when wireless is fully applied, the whole earth will transform into a huge brain”. Today, millions of sensors in things from connected cows to air conditioning optimizers are bringing efficiency to new heights.
Connected cows show how deeply the internet of things society has permeated into our everyday life. Something as age-old as cow breeding has benefited greatly from smart sensors and big data analysis, leading to more healthy cows and happier farmers. Contradicting the guesswork from the past, farmers can now quickly check their PC or smartphone and identify which cows are sick and need attention using Windows Embedded programs and Microsoft Azure cloud storage technology. Similar sensors can analyze stress levels which can be monitored and analyzed to figure out the best techniques to increase yield. In the long run, these programs collect data that can be analyzed to streamline processes and to identify operating flaws that help drawing more milk from longer living and more comfortable cows.
Similarly, humans have changes in mood and function best under certain environmental conditions. Internet of Things devices, such as the Oak energy optimizer, make possible to control the climate remotely and implements artificial intelligence technology to find the ideal balance for users’ needs. For example, in nursing homes, residents struggle with climate control: when the temperature in an inpatient’s room isn’t ideal, they face unnecessary discomfort. The Oak system develops a personalized plan that raises or lowers the temperature when nobody is occupying the room and is smart enough to know when to adjust to the desired temperature before a resident even steps foot inside.
Raising and lowering temperatures according to occupancy does not only increase comfort, it allows users to pull every drop of efficiency out of their HVAC system. By knowing when windows are open and when the room is being used, the Oak boasts savings of 25%-45% from a user’s air conditioning bill. Furthermore, cloud storage and data analysis can be used to figure out why particular areas are performing worse than other and what steps should be taken to remedy the situation: being informed and connected is key.
It’s a little-known fact that Israel’s cows are the most efficient at producing milk worldwide so it’s only natural for an Israeli green-tech company to pave the way towards optimal air conditioning efficiency: with the Internet of Things, society is quickly moving towards Zero Energy.
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