Oysters, cars and smart buildings among top highlights in Verizon’s new Internet of Things report

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New York – A new report released today by Verizon highlights how the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly connecting citizens to their communities, linking patients to their health services and bringing businesses in closer touch with their customers. With facts, figures and insights gleaned from real IoT deployments and Verizon’s experts, below are key highlights not to be missed:

  1. Farming for oysters: Ward Aquafarms, a 10 acre, 1,000 cage aquaculture farm located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is dedicated to growing the freshest oysters possible. Verizon, in collaboration with systems manufacturer Mobotix AG, has enhanced Ward’s ability to monitor the safety of its oyster harvest-to-bag process and predict growth. Ward was able to onboard with ThingSpace and be up and running on the platform in under an hour, pulling satellite imaging data, combined with other complex data such as environmental & sub tidal water temperature, chlorophyll values, etc. to be analyzed and contextualized using Verizon Pro Services for valuable insights for Ward’s aqua farming operations.
  2. Connecting more cars: Verizon Telematics is expanding its capabilities for the automotive OEM market with the roll out of a new LTE solution. The solution is designed to facilitate global expansion for automakers seeking to compete in new markets. It will also include features to make cars safe such as over-the-air vehicle updates. Safety continues to rank first in terms of the overall awareness and value that the connected car brings for both consumers and automakers. In addition to creating a pathway for more robust safety features, Verizon’s 4G LTE’s high bandwidth and low latency will enable entertainment features such as audio and video streaming as well– allowing for an enhanced driver experience.
  3. Helping patients on-the-go: Verizon is currently working with AMC Health, which is delivering mobile patient monitoring solutions over smart phones and tablets. Customers may continue using services from their home and anywhere on the Verizon mobile network. For example, by using AMC Health’s mobile patient monitoring solution, an active pregnant woman who needs to track her blood sugar can use a mobile device to communicate readings from her glucometer at any time and any place she chooses and that information is stored securely in the cloud.  Her care provider has 24/7 access to her information and can determine whether she, her baby or both are at risk.  Using this information, the woman’s health care provider can provide more timely and appropriate care for the benefit of both mother and baby.
  4. Making buildings more efficient: BuildingLink.com, a connected residential property solution, used ThingSpace to create a sensor network covering the fitness center and laundry room facilities in a luxury apartment building in Manhattan, allowing residents to check real- time availability of treadmills, stair masters, washing machines, etc. on a ThingSpace dashboard included in their mobile app. The app also provides machine-specific historic utilization patterns for management who can then intelligently remove underutilized machines or add others that are in most in demand by residents.

In related news, Mrinalini Ingram has joined Verizon’s Product & New Business Organization to lead Smart City initiatives. In this role, Ingram will lead the strategy, engagement, implementation and solutions support across Verizon’s Smart Cities portfolio of products. She and her team are also responsible for driving business development and partnership opportunities across the Internet of Things ecosystem. Ingram will report to Mike Lanman, Senior Vice President of IoT and Enterprise Products at Verizon.

Prior to joining Verizon, Ingram spent nearly 16 years at Cisco Systems, where she held several leadership positions. Most recently Ingram was responsible for strategy and business development for Smart and Connected Communities.