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Rogers claims first with new IoT services


March 31, 2016  


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Rogers Communications Inc. said today it is the first Canadian carrier to offer Internet of Things (IoT) ‘as a service’ designed to simplify the process of managing IoT initiatives.

Two of the first being offered are Farm & Food Monitoring and Level Monitoring, both of which will be delivered by blueRover, a Canadian-based provider.

“Connectivity is now table stakes today when it comes to supporting the Internet of Things — for Canadian businesses to drive real productivity with this technology, they need solutions that are simple to deploy and manage,” said Charlie Wade, senior vice president of products and solutions with Rogers enterprise business unit.

IoT services from blueRover allow businesses to track and monitor assets in real-time, and also automate manual business processes using sensor technology and secure data pathways. Rogers enterprise customers will have access to the following IoT services:

* End-to-End Incident Management – IoT as a Service will be managed by Rogers, including connectivity monitoring and management of IoT endpoints. Rogers IoT Support Teams will immediately action solutions for customers when issues arise.

* Farm & Food Monitoring: Sensor technology will monitor, track and automate devices and machines that are used in farming and food services industries such as refrigerators, freezers, deep fryers and ovens.

* Level Monitoring: An offering for businesses that require tools to measure and monitor levels of liquids including grain, oil, water and waste matter. The solution has the ability to monitor liquid levels in order to eliminate the labour intensive processes required by many businesses today to manually refill or empty tanks, bins, and containers prior to capacity.

Additional services now available as of today include Cold Chain Management and Food Safety Monitoring for restaurants and food kitchens.

“Today just over 45% of Canadian organizations are deploying Internet of Things solutions and we predict the IoT market in Canada to reach a value of $13.5 billion by 2019,” said Nigel Wallis, research director at IDC Canada.

Further coverage on IoT will appear in the May-June issue of Connections+.