Créer de la valeur dans l’Internet des Objets: vitesse, extensibilité et innovation

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We’re at a critical crossroads in the world today as we enter into the Internet of Things era. The Internet of Things (IoT) will transform the way we live our lives and raise our global standard of living. From a business perspective, the Internet of Things will unlock billions of dollars in opportunity and fundamentally require thought leaders to rethink how they approach certain problems.

How big of an impact will the IoT have on our world and at what pace? It is projected that by the year 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices and an estimated 5 million new applications built to support them. Additionally, GE and Cisco predict that there will be about a $15 trillion impact on global GPD over the next 15 years. Needless to say, there will be an explosive growth over the next 15 years and beyond for the IoT.
To capitalize on the Internet of Things and keep their competitive edge, organizations must be able to build and run applications for the smart, connected world quickly, at a low cost, and continuously innovate. The ThingWorx platform allows businesses to build IoT applications dramatically faster and at a lower cost than any other platform for the IoT.
Smart Agriculture and farming is a great example of an industry that is being transformed and positively impacted by the Internet of Things. Globally, the demand for food has changed. By 2050, it is predicted that farmers are going to have to grow twice as much to feed the human population – with shrinking natural resources. This growth is going to happen through technology.

The example of farming industry
OnFarm, a highly specialized integrator of agriculture field asset and information systems for the farming industry is an example of a startup company who saw an opportunity in the smart connected world and got ahead by acting quickly. They sensed an opportunity to deliver a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering to growers that provides for smart decisions in farm management and production with a goal to get to market quickly using a technology platform that would scale to their business as they grew over time.
OnFarm uses the ThingWorx platform to integrate information from multiple unrelated sources and is able to combine real-time sensor data from the soil, plants, equipment, and weather to provide growing conditions and decision support in a consolidated web-based dashboard designed specifically for growers. Additionally growers can take advantage of advanced models which enable them to bring in powerful analytics and forecasting into their daily decision making. As a result, many of OnFarm’s customers are able to better manage their operations for improved profitability and crop output. Many also see a reduction in water, fertilizer usage, and crop stress and are able to make better and timely decisions for their farms.
OnFarm recently said in their presentation at LiveWorx – ThingWorx Innovation Exchange, “Using ThingWorx enabled us to get to market at least a year faster than otherwise possible and with functionality that far exceeded what would have been possible otherwise. Because we chose ThingWorx we were able to focus on developing functionality that provided significant advantages, essentially redefining the mark.” You can watch the full presentation Smart Agriculture and the Internet of Things: Transforming the Global Food Production here. In OnFarm’s case, and in the case of many companies embracing the IoT opportunity, speed is directly related to innovation. When the time and cost to try something new is reduced, the opportunity for innovation is endless, allowing a company to continuously provide a cutting edge product to market more quickly than their competitors. Whether it’s a startup company in the IoT space or an enterprise looking to be an established first mover instead of in a follower position, the speed of application development can be the difference between success and failure.
On a larger scale, OnFarm is contributing to a new way of thinking when it comes to sustainability, use of energy and resources, and the optimization of each crop season, making sure that growers are well positioned for an increasingly growing population and hunger challenges. This is just one example of how the Internet of Things and Smart, Connected products, devices, and sensors can create a real and meaningful impact for the world.

The ThingWorx Team – www.thingworx.com

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