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What the heck is the internet of things?

What the heck is the internet of things?

Imagine innovation that helps prevent machine breakdown and keep farmers safe. As an insurance company insuring the agribusiness industry, we like the sound of that. Thanks to Iowa Farmer Today, we can gleam a little insight into what the Internet of Things (IoT) is and how it impacts farms across the country.

So, what is it?

Think connected devices.  You may have seen the Samsung commercial where a family is buying groceries at the store but forgot their list!  With Samsung, you can wirelessly pull up real time photos inside your fridge from your phone.  This is one example of the internet of things. Farming Technology

Harvesting Value Back to the Farmer

Major players in the agribusiness industry have leveraged IoT including John Deere and Case IH.  Now you can access your equipment’s diagnostics and location instantly from any device.  These devices will be able to prevent accidents or injuries before they happen.

Current Problem, Future Solution

One caveat to IoT is that you need reliable internet.  This is a challenge in some rural communities across the U.S.  A solution may be on the way with the New Deal Rural Broadband Act of 2017.  AT&T and Verizon have announced new rural broadband access programs and there is support by the current administration to propose $1 trillion in support of broadband access for rural America.

Want to learn more about IoT?  Visit the full Iowa Farmer Today article.


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