Telia Norway debuts IoT service, based on narrowband technology, for smart farmers

Telia Norway announced recently service based on the new technology narrowband IoT. The Smart Farming service will provide farmers with a smart system for monitoring irrigation systems.

The Smart Farming service has been developed in collaboration with the Norwegian company 7Sense. The result is a system for monitoring of irrigation systems used in agriculture, and making the systems better and more precise.

The water sprinkler has a sensor that registers the position using GPS, alerts in case of falling pressure and provides the operating status of the irrigation system with various sensors. The sensor unit is connected to the mobile network with a NB-IoT module and sends data at regular intervals.

NB-IoT is a communication technology that enables coverage indoors, outdoors and in the ground. It is ideal for things that run on battery or only send data irregularly. It is also a cost efficient way of connecting devices to existing mobile networks.

Telia has also developed a pilot for smart parking based on NB-IoT technology together with APX Systems.

The solution will make it easier to a find an available parking space via a mobile application. Telia has placed sensors in the ground under the parking lots at the Storo Storsenter shopping mall in Oslo.

The solution is currently only released for reserved spaces for disabled, in cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD).

“This starts the rollout of a technology that represents a new industrial revolution,” said Abraham Foss, CEO of Telia Norway. “It also marks a milestone on a journey where Telia Company goes from being a pure mobile operator to becoming a modern tech company aiming at digitalising society.”

Earlier this month, Telia Company was at the Internet Governance Forum to contribute with its experience on human rights challenges and to leverage joint efforts to support human rights for its users. The Internet Governance Forum is a global multi-stakeholder forum on public policy issues related to internet governance. It comes with a UN mandate that serves as a neutral space for all actors to meet on an equal footing.

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