Category Archives : Innovation


AR’s Potential in the Supply chain

While the consumer-facing side of augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR) is gaining exposure through companies like Facebook’s Oculus, Samsung, and HTC Vive, some businesses are looking to the technology to revolutionize supply-chain issues. This is because it could enable supply-chain managers to more easily visualize complex logistical problems. Dr. Matthias Winkenbach at MIT offers two examples of how the technology could be used: It could make traffic simulations and data indexes more digestible. A supply-chain manager could interact with 3D renderings of traffic simulations to inspect everything from items being shipped, to customer addresses, to real-time weather conditions. It could make […]


Internet of Things Inc. launches program with North American universities to drive new products

Internet of Things Inc., a Toronto-based IoT software and solutions provider, is capitalizing on leading-edge R&D and commercially available technology to accelerate its product development cycle. “We are very excited about working with leading universities to buildout our next-generation IoT technologies and products,” said IoT Inc.’s CEO Michael Frank. “We believe these partnerships will accelerate our growth strategy in both China and North America. We have had conversations with institutions in Ontario, Alberta, British Colombia, California and Pennsylvania.” As part of this initiative, IoT Inc. will look at acquiring products or services near commercialization which the universities’ commercialization offices have […]


Connected farms reap rewards

An agricultural solution with a machine learning component, irrigNET, was piloted two years ago to help a sugar factory grow sugar beets. IrrigNet sensors measure the water content in soil, and then combines that data with the models of the crops and local weather forecast to take the guesswork out of crop irrigation. With it, managers can also remotely monitor field conditions and use predictive data analytics tools to optimize water use for increase crop yield, while also reducing soil erosion. On top of the 30% increase brought by irrigation, irrigNET cites additional yield increases and reductions in water use […]


IoT technology transforms the fruits of farmers’ labors

Enhanced crop management is crucial because food production consumes natural resources and faces constant threats. About 70% of the world’s freshwater use goes toward growing crops, yet up to 40% of crops are destroyed by weeds, diseases, and insects. DunavNET, a Microsoft partner in Serbia, uses IoT technology to better equip food growers to know when to irrigate, how to control diseases, and where to fight pests. For example, last year the company helped a large ag company track its annual harvest at one of Europe’s largest apple orchards. It tracked the location of every pallet box in real time to ensure fruit’s […]


From farm to robot to fork: How IoT is moving us towards “agriculture 4.0”

At last November’s IoT World Europe conference in Dublin, Richard Johnson, director of product marketing at John Deere, described modern agriculture as “agriculture 4.0.” Harvesters are already (to a certain extent) semi-autonomous, while in dairy farming the process has become substantially computer-driven. Right now, John Deere’s focus on IoT remains within the area of guidance, such as devices like AutoTrac Vision cameras, which align a crop sprayer with rows of crops to prevent any getting crushed and harming a farmer’s revenues. The next big step is connecting machines, connecting fields and connecting operators. For example, one or two forager machines on […]


Community Support: Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Advisory Board

I’m pleased to serve for the third year on the Boise Metro Chamber’s healthcare committee. We provide insight and advocacy for medical interests. At our last month’s meeting, two key members of the state legislature exchanged updates with us, and sought our views on the complex issues facing healthcare today. The industry leaders from across healthcare providers, insurers, associations, and manufacturers engaged in sharing information, evaluating options, and recommending actions. We hope this board can continue to help us maintain our city’s and state’s strong standing as a healthy community that attracts more businesses.


PhRMA launches new era in medicine with “GoBoldly” campaign

The country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies want Americans to get to know the real men and women behind the microscopes. An industry that has historically been closed off to outsiders and non-scientific minds has launched a massive, multi-year advertising and public affairs campaign to start conversations between researchers, academia, patients and the general public about a new era in medicine. GOBOLDLY will tell the story of innovation and advancements in medicine through the individuals driving that change—the industry scientists—but also through the patients and caregivers dealing with disease every day. “It’s an opportunity to showcase the brains behind the breakthroughs, […]


4 trends with the potential to change behavior in the patient journey

Whether medication compliance, kicking a bad habit, or some other form of behavior modification, change remains elusive, yet it’s obviously extremely vital. Read about these four trends that hold the promise of nudging healthier behavior along the patient journey (excerpted from MM&M)   STAGE: EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS | TREND: Marketers get serious about behavior change “Behavior change has been in place in a lot of ways in marketing for decades and decades,” says Johanna ­Skilling, EVP, director of planning, U.S., at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide. “Every time you ‘click here’ or ‘call here’ or download something, that’s behavior change. We just didn’t call it […]


Confluence of innovations cross industries and engineering interests: example of solar powered implant

Imagine a solar implant that could power a medical device indefinitely. That’s the hope of many scientists looking at solar implants that can reduce the number of pacemaker procedures prompted by battery depletion. This trend was reported in Energy Harvesting by Subcutaneous Solar Cells: A Long-Term Study on Achievable Energy Output by Lucas Bereuter, Andreas Haeberlin, and colleagues writing in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering of January 2017. The team implanted panels, mounting them on armbands on 32 volunteers. The participants wore the device on their bicep for a week. The volunteers who kept a log of daily activities and […]


How to choose events to inspire AND drive business innovation

There’s so many events out there for insight and inspiration that can drive our business innovation. These conferences and events promise to deliver a perfect balance of new, exciting ideas and ways to execute them back at our daily work. That’s why I enjoyed an article by Neil Cardy in a recent issue of Adweek. He provides a filter to vet events so you know which ones are worth your investment of time and money. do they attract a balanced audience of inventors and innovators? Inventors are scientists, technologists, and artists deep in experimentation, but innovators are using these inventions […]