The Internet of Things (IoT) has opened the door to the next wave of digital disruption and with it an infinite array of opportunities to innovate.
Here are some examples of how Arrow has invested in IoT to drive innovation for businesses around the globe.
Keeping livestock healthy
Dairy farming is an industry where profit is lean and sickness in a herd can mean loss of income. We worked with a dairy farmer to create an end-to-end IoT solution that allows him to detect illness in his cattle before symptoms appear.
By combining his ideas with our technology and expertise, we made it possible to measure the temperature of a cow and automatically alert the farmer when a spike in temperature occurs. Using this solution, the farmer can quarantine his cattle and prevent disease transmission, avoiding widespread use of antibiotics, thereby saving money and safeguarding the health of his cattle.
Improving wine quality
In the viticulture sector we provide grape growers with moisture sensors and data analytics, so they can optimise irrigation, allowing them to cut costs on water and produce a better product. In an industry where competition is high, the ability to produce better quality wine while saving money a has significant impact on a winemaker’s profitability.
Reducing food waste
Food waste is a significant concern for retailers. Combining smart sensors and data management solutions, Arrow was able to help a national retailer reduce food waste and refrigeration maintenance costs. By having access to data on refrigeration vibration and temperature, the retailer was able to predict when maintenance or repairs were required before a unit failed.
Arrow is working with manufacturers to help them cut costs associated with their biggest overheads, such as machinery. Using temperature limits and power controls, manufacturers can conserve energy and reduce operational costs associated with running their machinery. Condition-based maintenance alerts are used to implement predictive field services to eliminate machine downtime and increase throughput.
Realising the impossible
Gartner projects that there will be 21 billion connected devices by 2020. With technology developing at an increasing rate, it’s exciting to imagine what else could be possible through increased adoption of IoT. From coffee makers and thermostats to smart cities and connected cars, IoT is effectively turning every ‘thing’ into an opportunity to make life easier.
Futurist and technologist Chuck Evanhoe has spoken extensively about this subject, asserting that IoT will keep humans more productive.
“By sensing the things in our world, systems will be better able to keep running without human intervention” – Evanhoe.
By sensing things in our world we not only keep systems running well, we also get a true sense of the possibilities that lie ahead as technology drives us towards a connected future.
One area where IoT poses infinite possibilities is the health sector. By harnessing and combining both telemetry and biometric data, IoT could provide first responders with the data they need to treat victims at the scene of an accident. The data, and the speed in which it is delivered to first responders, could ultimately mean the difference between life and death.
How we enable you
At Arrow, we have the technology, expertise and partnerships to help channel partners just like you to create and deploy IoT solutions for your customers. As early adopters, we are focused on driving innovation and pushing the boundaries to deliver incredible outcomes and we achieve this through our From Sensor to Sunset™ offering.
We combine the core IoT building blocks with our service capabilities to deliver a complete IoT solution that drives innovation.