For the past five years, the U.S. has been home to the largest wine market in the world and stores expect record wine sales this holiday season. And mobile is right in the middle of it all, with the help from the Internet of Things and the “connected” grapevine.
Earlier this week, Verizon introduced chipsets for IoT devices that connect to its LTE network that are being tested to monitor grape crops at a winery in California. The IoT sensors identify factors such as air temperature and moisture in the soil, which are then used in a positive way to increase harvest and crop growth. As of now, the sensors are projected to increase crop yield by 10%, bring a 10% reduction in operational costs, and cause a 30% drop in water and electricity expenses!
The mobile technology utilized in these sensors allow for sharing of highly accurate information that let wineries grow the best quality grapes for winemaking. Better quality wine because of IoT? Sounds great to us. To read more about this venture, click here.