[LINK] More Earth-Shattering IoT Applications

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Thu Apr 26 11:21:22 AEST 2018

On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 3:36 AM, Roger Clarke <Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au>

> > ... a soil monitoring sensor will be used to measure the field's
> moisture, potentially allowing council to save on water costs and
> maintenance.
> The groundsman and his travel to grounds are a fixed and unavoidable
> cost.  Costs associated with watering and repair (as distinct from
> 'maintenance') *might* be capable of being reduced;  so this does seem that
> it might be worth investigating.

25 years ago, almost to the day, NCSA Mosaic was released.

It was almost entirely pointless, on the grounds that out of the tiny
number of websites that existed, a small percentage of them had content
that would actually benefit from a graphical web browser - and even then it
would only benefit those with computers that could handle a graphical
interface.  ie, it was largely pointless.

45 years ago the first mobile phone was released.

It weighed over a kilogram, had a talk time of about 30 minutes, and worked
almost nowhere due to no coverage.  ie, it was largely pointless.

A few days ago, Newcastle Council start using IoT to measure the moisture
of fields.

As you've pointed out, just like the mobile phone and the graphical web
browser, this serves almost zero purpose.


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