Tethered drones could be the answer to many of the woes companies have regarding drone use. Folks in agriculture could find tethered drones quite useful in ground surveying, and CNN is looking to use tethered drones for news coverage.
The commercial, industrial and public services sectors are expected to fuel growth in the Internet of Things, with the number of IoT connected devices forecast by Juniper Research tripling to 38 billion units by 2020.
Farmers are looking to use drones to save time, money and manpower. The Federal Aviation Administration, still working on official drone regulation, has granted over 50 exemptoins for farm-related operations so far this year.
New rules regarding commercial drone use were proposed in February, though there's no telling if or when those rules will actually be approved, and some folks in agriculture have decided they don't want to wait.
DroneDeploy, a start-up specializing in software for commercial drone operations, has launched a mobile app that helps users in a range of industries automate drones and receive real-time images and analytics.
Now we have even more people to feed on even fewer resources on top of the challenge of protecting the earth. Can big data find an answer to all that and move us into The Evergreen Revolution?
NTT DoCoMo unveiled at the Mobile World Congress a machine-to-machine, or perhaps mammal-to-machine, product that uses a thermal sensor attached to a pregnant cow to monitor whether the cow is about to give birth in order to reduce calf mortality.
For every industry, farming included, data analysis is no longer a matter of developing a competitive edge, but a means to stay in business.