Embedded M2M Solutions Week in Review: Blossom, Google, Silent Herdsmen

November 22, 2014


The holidays are inching closer and the rush to prep for Turkey Day has not hindered news in the Embedded M2M Solutions Community one bit. It appears to be that time, that’s right; time for the week in review!

A recent study outlined some of the technologies set to really stir things up. Machine learning and device-to-device communication both made ABI Research’s list with another notable piece of the M2M space earning mention, LTE (News - Alert)-Advanced for the likelihood of an effect on the space. Read Steve Anderson’s full analysis here.

TMC’s (News - Alert) Steve Anderson reported an innovative way to ensure one’s plants are watered. Blossom’s smart watering system brings IoT power to lawn care by syncing with various weather services and through a smartphone app, the connected device makes watering the plants as easy as set and forget. It ensures plants are watered when they need it and at the optimum time.

Google (News - Alert) has entered the realm of the connected car. In June, it announced Android Auto with the intent to create better driving behaviors. Aside from controlling infotainement as well as text messaging it features voice driven navigation.  This week, Google released a new set of APIs—the first for Android (News - Alert) Auto—and plans on letting third party developers jump into the fray and add to Android Auto’s growing functionality.

To wrap up the week we travel to the other side of ‘the pond,’ Scotland to be exact where an interesting startup is changing the face of farming as we know it. This week, Silent Herdsmen released mySilent Herdsman, an app that through a connected collar allows farmers to monitor their herd’s health. It observes and reports if a cow is ill, pregnant or ready to be milked, for example. It then takes the data and through predictive analytics is able to aid farmers in more efficiently managing their herds.

From farmlands to your backyard M2M technology is just beginning. Only time will tell what we see this next, so check back with the Embedded M2M Solutions Community to stay in the know. See you next week!

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