Vertical farming may be the next big thing in agriculture. One company is taking the vertical farming world by storm. AeroFarms uses IoT technology, including sensors and LED lighting, to produce up to 2 million pounds of produce per year, all indoors. The company has retrofitted a 70,000-ft. facility, which used to be an old steel plant, into what CEO David Rosenberg calls his “green machine.”
At this week’s CES 2018, USound is showcasing its MEMS-based micro-speakers. These breakthrough speakers give IoT solution providers a new way of generating and packaging audio.
Digital video displays bring big data to life in new ways. One eye-popping example is at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Built in partnership with the Army High Performance Computing Research Center and open to all Stanford faculty, students and staff, the Stanford HIVE, or SAP HANA Immersive Visualization Environment, was created with the intention to provide researchers with a collaborative space. The screen allows them to display their data on a high-resolution video wall system designed by solution provider CineMassive.
The opportunity for technology in the smart grid market is starting to spike, as Markets and Markets predicts impressive growth from $20.83 billion in 2017 to $50.65 billion by 2022. Even though electrical grids have been a dependable and a financially sustainable mechanism for energy transmission across the globe, cities of all sizes are transitioning toward smart infrastructure. With the addition of IoT sensors to the grid, smart meters can provide more accessible, real-time data for energy providers and their customers.
If your buildings could talk, they'd tell you how to make them more efficient, secure, and sustainable.
Making IoT devices easier to use, and more useful, is critical if they are to be easily integrated into everyday solutions. A new ultrasonic sensor from Chirp Microsystems that detects gestures, range, proximity, and motion opens new avenues of exploration for IoT solution providers.
Keenan, with the help of Intel IoT technology is developing business models that will help roll the solution out to farmers around the world.
According to IDC, the mobile worker population is expected to grow to 105.4 million by 2020. The analyst group also projects this population will represent nearly three quarters (72.3 percent) of the total U.S. workforce. The deployment of IoT solutions has exponentially boosted the number of connected devices, ushering in the need for solution providers to offer managed services options for customers. 
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The end of the year is a great time to evaluate the dozens—okay, more like the hundreds—of new IoT technologies and applications that took off this year. Solution providers, manufacturers, developers, entrepreneurs and startups all contributed to what was a hotbed of IoT development and progress in 2017. Here’s a look (part 1) at some of the most innovative IoT segments, markets and pilots that we unearthed in 2017. 
Merchants worldwide are relying on the rapidly evolving capabilities of AI and machine learning to make better use of big data. 

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