Calgary, AB – (August 8, 2017) – Zedi Inc. is pleased to announce the first three applications of its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform into the AgriFood industry.
The first positions Zedi’s IIoT platform capabilities in primary production with livestock, and involves monitoring important information on feed, water supply and living conditions on a 45,000 chicken operation on a farm in Montana. All data collected reports into Zedi Access™, Zedi’s cloud-based application, and Zedi Go, Zedi’s mobile App for iOS and Android. This enables the farm operators to be more responsive should feed run low, or living conditions deteriorate through alarms by exception.
The second application uses Zedi’s IIoT platform capabilities in primary production, on the crop side of the business. Zedi has paired its Zedi Mote Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technology with third-party soil moisture and temperature sensors to monitor conditions on a 640-acre farm in Nebraska. The sensors and Zedi Motes are powered from AA batteries, and communicate through a LPWAN hotspot to a Zedi IIoT Gateway located nearby, which then relays the sensor information to Zedi Access™ and Zedi Go. This enables the farm operator better insight into the need for water application, saving them money on pivot irrigation costs.
The final application involves asset monitoring in the Food and Beverage service industry in the greater Edmonton area. Zedi has used its Zedi Mote LPWAN technology to allow Food dispensing machines to communicate through an LPWAN hotspot to a Zedi IIoT Gateway located nearby, and report important operational information to Zedi Access and Zedi Go. This enables technical service staff to monitor fill levels of consumable inputs and machine performance, allowing them to better manage servicing strategy. It helps reduce call-out costs and improve uptime for the client, enhancing revenue generation of the machine.
All three applications leverage Zedi’s 15 years of experience in gathering sensor-sourced asset performance data as well as their ongoing innovation in LPWAN technology. These sectors are expected to drive significant traffic growth on the Zedi Platform, which as of July 31, 2017 monitors 1.42 million sensors, and consumes 49 million readings per day.
In Canada and the US the primary agriculture, input dealers, and equipment suppliers represent $420 billion in annual GDP (2016 figures). Canada is the world’s 5th largest Agriculture and AgriFood System (AAFS) exporter, while the US is 2nd. In its February 2017 tranche of reports, the Advisory Council on Economic Growth highlighted the AgriFood sector as a high-potential sector for Canada, and challenges facing the AgriFood industry throughout North America – traceability for food quality and nutrition, productivity, GHG reduction, sustainability in the face of climate change – can all benefit from the application of IIoT technology like Zedi’s as part of the “Smart Agriculture” transformation.
Zedi is a leading oil and gas technology and services company in the field of production operations. Through technology backed by expert consultation and services, we help our customers realize their potential production. With our unique combination of award-winning automation, data management and field and professional services, we offer complete solutions for the challenges our customers encounter.