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Cellular IoT far outperforms voice

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What’s often missed about cellular IoT is that its range far exceeds traditional cellular voice and data signals used by smartphones and this is good news for farmers.

A newly developed IoT farm storage tank level monitor completely eliminates the all-too-common problem of farms running out of fuel or fertilizer. The battery-powered monitor lasts for 10 years and is said to pay for itself within a single saved unnecessary truck delivery. The solution provides fill level, location, temperature and other critical information for a multitude of fuel types.

At the heart of this IoT system is Nordic Semiconductor’s multi-mode NB-IoT / LTE-M nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP). Developed and manufactured in the US by Arizona-based scalable hardware design and manufacturing specialist CoreKinect, the CoreKinect TankTrack is built using proprietary hardware that can be further customised if required. In operation, a small battery-powered wireless gauge reader is securely attached to any storage tank using four permanent magnets with both tank level and  GPS location readings sent via LTE-M to a cloud display platform accessible from any smartphone, tablet or computer.

“Nordic and CoreKinect have formed a strategic relationship that focuses on the unique strengths that each company brings to the IoT marketplace,” says Ali Kozlica, Executive Chairman at CoreKinect. “While this problem is nothing new in farming, before the advent of cellular IoT technology there did not exist a commercially viable way to remotely monitor levels in fuel storage tanks. Lack of coverage and power requirements made such a solution cost prohibitive. With the Nordic nRF9160 SiP, all the major barriers are broken, and the rules have changed.”

CoreKinect also claims its solution is so simple and easy to install that it can be done in under 60 seconds.

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