How IoT disrupt the Milk Industry

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Amul disrupted the Milk industry in 1950’s and caused what we popularly called milk revolution, since then annual milk production and collection has be raising annually over 10%.

Technology made its ways to many sectors, but still milk collection has be archaic and needs a second revolution.

Milk is collected in various villages across India in collection centers, which in turn is transported from collection centers to Milk Processing units. IMG_20161217_160213

The most important thing is what happens in the Milk collection center at villages, rather than Milk Processing units, because the quality of the end milk depends on maintaining the quality of the milk at village level.

Many co-operatives now use Milk Chillers at collection centers, in a way that solves the problem, but not quite enough.

The problem with having just chiller is that, what is happening to these devices will not be know to the Milk Processing plants.

How much milk is coming today ? What is the temperature of the milk ? Quality of the milk, these parameters needs to be monitored constantly to improve the ROI of the milk.

This is where IoT can be a game changer.  We  installed our IoT devices iIMG_20161217_163306n few places at Collection centers and delivered a game changing insights, which improved the collection ROI by 25%.

We also found out that Chillers were not being cleaned optimally, which was major cause of quality degradation of the milk at collection points.

What was considered unknown and un-manageable, suddenly become know and predictable.  The milk co-operative was able to not only got the accurate milk collection by 7 am in the morning, but can also constantly monitor the milk temperature remotely across their chilling centers.

 

Power Sector is moving from Energy Monitoring to Energy IoT as consumers becoming producers

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When the power plant was brought up in the earlier days it use to be of the size of several 100’s of Megawatts, built in remote location and electricity was transmitted over 100’s of miles to the point of consumption. Because the installation runs in 100’s of millions of dollars, if not billions power plant operator can manage a team of experts installing and monitoring the system. These monitoring systems like SCADA can run into half-a million dollar type of cost and man power to manage it. This is still ok if you have large power plant.

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With the advent of Solar, individual homeowners can produce power as low as 1KW and sell it to grid or to their neighbors.  Even small plant like this one cannot have the luxury of sophisticated monitoring system, until IoT comes into picture.  With IoT the entire site operations can be automated. Once the data goes to cloud in IoT framework, Machine Learning and AI algorithms can make the prediction of energy generation, any problem in the site or managing the maintenance schedule autonomous without any human intervention.

ThingsCloud Becomes Part of NASSCOM COE IOT

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Its been a long journey for we at ThingsCloud, and we are excited to be part of NASSCOM’s COE IoT Lab.  The Lab is super awesome with the latest and greatest tools at our disposal to test and qualify our products to world class standards.

The biggest challenge for startups in the hardware space are availability of sophisticated tools for testing and measurement and these tools are expensive. This greatly affects the product development time significantly.

IoT lab’s initiative is significant in this area and is a great enabler for startups and it will go long way in building an IoT ecosystem in India.