Here in TEKenable, when we think ‘Farming’ we think ‘Technology’. That’s because we regularly work on projects for the Agri-Food sector.
To take just two examples, our software provides dairy farmers with price and quality information straight to their smart phones. We’ve also built a mission critical platform for a pig genetics company allowing farmers breed the best possible animals for their herd.
Working in the sector means we also take a keen interest in farming technology trends so we were naturally looking forward to the ‘Internet of Farming Things’ event hosted by Vodafone in Dublin last week.
Vodafone has been focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) for several years now, because just like other telcos it has seen a big decline in revenue from the traditional mobile phone customer. In contrast, IoT looks like being a big source of revenue growth.
And I’m delighted so say this event lived up to expectations. Vodafone brought together a very interesting audience including IoT hardware companies, software providers, a dairy co-op and other interested parties, including the State research agency, Teagasc. The company also provided a great line up of speakers.
First up was Lauren Morris, IoT/M2M Country Manager at Vodafone Ireland who opened the event and gave some context on IoT adoption across different industries.
Next came a technology presentation, with a look at how Vodafone is launching a newcommunications network to support the IoT devices that will increasingly shape Irish farming.
Then Moocall, an Irish leader in the market for wearable animal tech, shared an IoT success story. Their story is particularly interesting because this three-year old firm now has global reach, suggesting a path for other Irish IoT start-ups to follow.
First though, a quick summary of what we heard from Vodafone.