In this week’s edition, we share stories about use of IoT at Euro Football 2016, how Amazon is employing Kiva Robots across its warehouses to dramatically reduce the “Ship To Click” cycle and how Antarctica is now equipped with a cellular network to help create its Internet of Things network.
● IoT Technology used in Euro Football 2016: No large sporting event is conducted without the use of IoT Technology across multiple areas of the event. In a football game, one of the areas that causes a lot of heartburn is those goal-line decisions and if the ball was inside the goal or not? With Hawkeye technology this is now being monitored and is also fed in real time to the referees to help them in their decisions. Sensors are also weaved into player jerseys to track their vital health parameters. Managers are constantly tracking these parameters to even detect player fatigue. Like other sporting events employing the use of IoT, player / match stats and video is being replayed across to viewers and sensors are also being used for stadium traffic management.
● Amazon Warehouses and Robots: Amazon has pioneered the use of technology across its warehouses. Given their size, small efficiencies that they bring out can go a long way in cost savings and often these come at the cost of jobs and potential changes that could drive future warehouse design. The article discusses how Amazon has been employing Robot Technology that it acquired as part of its Kiva acquisition a few years back. These robots deployed in warehouses have brought the cost of “Click to Ship” cycle down from 60-75 minutes to a mere 15 minutes. If it applies this technology across all the warehouses that it owns, it is likely to save them a few billion dollars a year. This could herald the loss of thousands of jobs not just across Amazon warehouses but in warehouses of the future since these robots even take up less space than humans.
● Antarctica gets a network for IoT: Sigfox, a company based out of France , which specializes in creating a network for low-powered devices is setting up its network in one of the remotest regions of the world, Antarctica. The network which will be setup across a few of the base stations will help researchers keep track of each other. In addition to tracking, it will also help in gathering climatic data. The Sigfox network is not a traditional cellular network and is designed to work with low power devices only. These devices do not exchange large amounts of data but rather small 12-byte packets with each other. It is interesting to note that a such a network is also less costly to build out and is being applied to many other scenarios like tracking fishermen in Indonesia, who venture far out into the ocean and there is not much known about them due to power coverage of traditional cellular networks.