Iot solutions transforming poultry into Smart Poultry

Introduction

Internet of Things is benefitting almost every industry today, be it automobile, agriculture, finance, hospitality, healthcare, transportation, and much more. The reason why most industries use IoT solutions is because of the benefits it serves. IoT solutions give real-time access to information, bring speed to business operation, and save ample time and help many industries overcome their major challenges. One such industry is the poultry industry, where IoT solutions are improving the operations and turning them into smart poultry. 

Let us understand how poultry is turning into smart poultry using IoT solutions. But first, let us understand what IoT solution is.

The Internet of Things (IoT) means a bundle of technologies that are integrated seamlessly through the internet, collecting and sharing data. It is basically a network of physical devices embedded with sensors, software, actuators, and electronics that connects these objects and interchanges data. Businesses can purchase these technologies to create new organizational value and overcome challenges in managing data, inventory, or production.

Poultry in India

India is one of the world’s largest producers of broiler meat and eggs and holds the sixth position across the world poultry market. Poultry meat, especially chicken, is most popular in India, and that’s the reason it is the fastest growing industry in India. The poultry sector also offers jobs to many farmers because of various activities and operations in poultry farming, and it is their daily source of income. So, it is clear that it is a flourishing industry.

IMARC group experts predict that the Indian poultry market to grow at a CAGR of 15.2% during 2021-2026. 

But, this flourishing industry still has some challenges to overcome, and that’s why there is a need for smart poultry using IoT solutions.

Major Challenges of Poultry industry

The major challenges that farmers face in traditional poultry farming are:

Lack of technical knowledge

The major challenge in poultry farming is the lack of technical skills in poultry farming. There are several aspects of poultry farming that require thorough knowledge. Lack of knowledge means lack of production and eventually lack of returns. 

Health condition of chicken

Chicken meat is the major source of animal protein. In poultry farming, the returns majorly depend on the quality of chicken which further depends on the health of the chicken. If the environmental condition is not apt, then it can impact chicken health. Despite proper arrangement of environmental conditions in poultry farms with ventilation, cooling, and lightning, the farmers face problems in maintaining the good health of the chicken.

Challenges in Feeding

Keeping track of feeding is difficult for farmers. They really can’t tell if all the chickens are fed well or not because there are too many. Also, they don’t know where the food on the tray depletes while feeding the chicken. Feeding the chicken right is essential and is linked to the health of the chicken, which is another challenge we already discussed.

 Loss in production

The loss in production links to the discussed challenges. If the health of the birds is not good and if the environmental conditions are not suitable and the chicken is not fed well, then it will eventually lead to a loss in the production of the chicken.

Smart Poultry using IoT Solutions

IoT Solutions can develop India’s Poultry Farming sector, and it can help farmers to shift from manual poultry to smart poultry farming. An intelligent network and data processing system can create a new Poultry farming infrastructure in India. But the question is, how?

So, in this section, we will discuss how IoT solutions can help in creating smart poultry.

Real-Time Data 

The poultry farmers can obtain data on a real-time basis. They can check the yield in real-time. It means the farmers can monitor the data whenever they want to and check if the production is going well or not. Moreover, the farmers can get this real-time data on any device like mobile or laptop. 

Data Management

Data management in poultry is as essential as it is in any other sector. The data of broiler farms include the number o birds, feed, mortality, production, and much more. With IoT solutions, the farmers can record the data, store it, and process the historical data for any query or information.

Data Analysis & reports

All the data related to production and other aspects are presented in intuitive form with the help of charts and graphs so that the farmers can review it and analyze it for better decision making. The farmers can review reports metrics like production, yield, efficiency, etc.

Remote monitoring and control

There is a thing about the Internet that you can access information from anywhere. Through regular alerts and notifications on linked devices, the farmer can receive all the information remotely. Also, the IoT devices help the farmers take control and monitor data from far away. 

Advantages of Smart poultry using IoT solutions

What we usually look for before shifting to any technology solution is the benefits it serves. So, here are the benefits of poultry industry can receive with IoT-based smart farming.

Modern Approach

IoT-based smart poultry is the modern approach in poultry that is much needed. The IoT solutions can replace the manual traditional farming practices with intelligent farming practices. We are experiencing revolutions and innovations in It industry. Businesses using technology solutions and embracing technology, so the poultry sector should also take its part in following the technology trends.

Improve Accuracy

The manual poultry farming practices might give some inaccurate information because there are always chances of human error. When a data management system stores and processes the data, it increases the accuracy of the information, and it helps in better decision-making.

Increase Production

The introduction of IoT in poultry majorly impacts one area, which is production. This impact is surely positive because IoT solutions speed up operations and increase the rate of production. Technology saves time by saving the farmers from doing the grunt work for hours on the farm. Smart poultry farming brings efficiency to production.

Control Damages & Reduce wastage.

IoT-based farming helps the farmers in reducing wastage and minimizing damages in production. With smart monitoring and control devices, the farmers can be alerted on any peculiarity in the production process and save them from any damage or wastages. 

Low cost with Better returns

People often resist investing in any technology because they fear that it would not give great returns and would be complex to handle, but these are just misconceptions. But IoT solutions in poultry farming can bring impeccable results in terms of production. It is a low-cost solution, once installed, would increase your ROI.

Conclusion

It’s 2021, and it is an era where we are experiencing innovations and technology revolutions constantly, and it is time to embrace the technology and adapt to such changes. Poultry farming in India is still lagging in the race of adapting to technological changes. 

 IoT solutions are gradually transforming the farms into intelligent farms, leaving the traditional approaches behind. Poultry farming is a flourishing sector, and innovative IoT solutions can take India’s poultry market at the top position worldwide.

Digitalization Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

Introduction

It’s 2021, the digital age where even complex tasks can be simplified with digital technologies. Digitalization has revolutionized industries and their processes, making them simpler than ever before especially in the manufacturing industry.

In manufacturing businesses, there are complex processes that were earlier dealt with by manual tasks and reworking, but thanks to the digital technologies that have changed the whole scenario. 

In this blog, we will study how digital transformation has transformed the manufacturing industry and the reasons why a manufacturing business should invest in digitalization.

What is Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation means integrating digital technologies in all areas of business and shifting from manual to autonomous processes and operations. The technologies that are aiding the digital transformation are: 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (a subset of AI) is not a new trend, but it is going to stay top trending in the years to come. 

AI and Machine learning is advancing new possibilities and opportunities to manufacturing businesses by accelerating the growth and access of data. AI optimizes cloud processing, enables the deployment of faster computers and improves operational efficiency. 

Machine learning makes the manufacturing business process safer, efficient, and profitable by making the processes automated, predictive maintenance, and analytics.

The Cloud

The cloud refers to the servers accessed over the Internet. The software and databases run over the cloud servers located in data centers across the world. 

Cloud computing makes the data storage, computing power, and computer system resources available on-demand without active management by the user. 

Cloud computing transforms modern manufacturing by providing infinitely scalable computing resources and benefits manufacturers to innovate, be more competitive, and reduce their costs. Also, cloud computing allows manufacturers to use new production systems like the Internet of Things, 3D Printing, and industrial robots. The cloud is significant for manufacturing because it brings operational efficiency, enhances security, data storage management, and analytics.

Big data

Big data means a variety of unstructured and structured large volume data that is analyzed to extract information and reveal trends, patterns, and associations. Big data analytics processes a massive quantity of data and generates information that helps the manufacturers to make informed decisions. Also, big data has benefits with real-time reporting that helps in access information in real-time.

Internet of Things

Among the different digital transformation technologies Internet of Things is the most prominent one. Internet of things is a network of devices that are interconnected and embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for transferring data with devices and systems over the Internet.

Manufacturers are gaining their major digitalization benefits such as agility, productivity, enhancing customer service, and meeting the dynamic market demand with insights obtained by IoT.

These are the transformation technologies that are making the manufacturing processes more agile.

Digitalization Shaping Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is simply the byproduct of digital transformation in manufacturing. All the digital technologies we discussed, IoT, big data, AI, and Machine learning, results in the formation of a smart factory. Any manufacturing business initiates digital transformation it means it employs these digital technologies in its business operations to streamline the manufacturing processes. Smart manufacturing has automated processes, predicts errors or abnormalities before they arise and meet ever-changing customers demand in modern style.

Digital transformation is uniting the manufacturing processes and making them faster, and shaping the future of manufacturing.

Why should Your Manufacturing business invest in Digital Transformation?

We have discussed how digitalization is transforming and what technologies play a major role in this transformation. But many manufacturers are still relying on the same old practices. The decision to invest in digital technologies is yet to be made in many manufacturing businesses. So, here is the prominent reason that will answer why you should embrace digitalization and invest in digital transformation for your manufacturing business.

Improved Data Collection

Every manufacturing business has to deal with mountains of data and analyze the data to gain insights that can help in making crucial decisions. Inaccurately optimizing the data can impact business decisions negatively. Digital transformation creates a sophisticated system for gathering the data and consolidating it fully for business intelligence at a greater level. With this system, every functional unit in the organization can translate raw data into insights.

Minimizing Costs and Increasing Profits

Investing in Digital transformation in your manufacturing business cannot go wrong. If you handle things well, you will see a visible change in your organization’s costs (decreasing, of course). As reported by SAP Center for Business Insights and Exford Economics, 80% of organizations that went for digital transformation increase their profits.

Also, you get greater visibility by insights such as delivery and demand status, inventory levels, production, etc., which helps you in reducing unnecessary costs, minimize wastages and eventually save costs.

Improve Processes and Enhance Productivity

When you employ digital technologies in your manufacturing business, your processes become streamlined, and you don’t need to waste your time on rework, downtime, and manual operations. Also, with digital solutions, you can simplify your performance monitoring. By saving a huge amount of time and money, you can use the funds and time more efficiently and increase your productivity.

Increase Customer Satisfaction with Customized Manufacturing

When we hear of manufacturing, we think of the same kind of products being manufactured in bulk. But digitalization is transforming this general idea of manufacturing. With digitalization comes the power of your manufacturing processes are you can customization options to your customers and at the same time maintain the quality of the products. 

Customized products are in high demand among modern customers.  The customers would not settle for something that everyone has. You can customize your products with digitalized manufacturing processes and increase customer satisfaction.

Conclusion

Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to digital transformation. Many businesses might cease to exist if they do not implement the latest digital innovations and technologies in their operations. If you want to satisfy the modern customer with your service, you need to modernize your operations. So, embrace the digital and implement the digital transformation to create a better version of your manufacturing business.

Technology Uplifting Poultry Industry in India

In 2020 Covid-19 hit the world, and it wrecked almost every business. It also impacted the poultry industry severely. There was a decline in demand which lead to losses. Also, the rumors and misinformation about poultry produce being a source of the virus were spreading on social media. It impacted the demand and consumption of poultry products like eggs and chicken. 

Due to these misconceptions, the losses faced by Indian poultry amounted to USD 236 million between January and March 2020. In addition to this, over a million small poultry farmers and half a million people working in the poultry industry became unemployed. 

There was news that farmers were burying their chickens alive because commercializing them was not the option. The producers of poultry feeds also faced losses because the farmers canceled the feed order. It was a tough year for poultry.

Poultry Industry: The current scenario

The poultry industry is one of the biggest industries in the world. In addition to this, India is the fourth-largest producer of chicken in the world after China, Brazil, and the US. The poultry sector in India, in three words, is growing, large, and highly organized. The worth of the poultry sector in India is €14.5 billion. 

As we all know, all that glitters is not gold, the poultry India is the third-largest producer o eggs in the world after China and the US. Industry seems flourishing still faces many challenges, and there are many areas where the poultry industry needs improvement.  

The problems that the poultry farms face in India is overshadowed by its worth and the act that t is the third largest sector. So in this article, we will discuss the major challenges the poultry industry in India is facing today, Covid implications on poultry, and a solution that can overcome the challenges.

Impact of Covid-19 on Poultry sector in India

Problems that Poultry Industry is facing

We have discussed the covid-19 implications on the poultry sector but, there are many other problems that the poultry farms in India generally face. Let us look at these major problems.

Financial Problem

Financial problem is not only faced by poultry farmers in India, but it is a problem that affects 80%farmers globally. It is a fact that capital is a major factor for success. It determines how well a poultry farm is equipped. Financial assistance helps farms grow faster. There is no need for huge investment to begin a poultry farm. But gradually, when the operations as the farmers grow their business, they require capital.

Untapped International Market

Indian poultry is a flourishing industry but only in India. The Indian poultry is still could not access international markets. As the international markets are untapped, they are unable to unlock their potential. The reason behind this is the inadequacy of cold storage and warehouses that is affecting the poultry sector.

High Mortality during transport

In India, there is a dominant live-bird market. People prefer to purchase fresh chicken and eggs, and the demand in live-bird markets is high. The reason for the high demand in the live bird market is that there is a mortality risk associated with the transportation of live birds. It is another major problem that many poultry farms face.

Lack of Management & Maintenance

Management is the essence of every business. The management of people, processes, machines, money, and money is crucial for the success of any business. Also, the maintenance of environmental conditions is crucial because it affects the quality of chicks and eggs. Any compromise with hygiene and temperature conditions can increase mortality rates.

Decline in Quality of produce

This problem arises due to the deeding problems and improper maintenance of hatchery conditions. Feeding problems and lack of condition monitoring and control have a straight effect on the quality of the chicken and eggs. It is a major problem that the Poultry industry faces. If the poultry produce does not possess the nutritious value it is ought to have, then it decreases the demand and sale of their produce.

What’s the Solution?

Every problem has a solution, and there is a solution for the poultry industry that can help in overcoming its major challenges. The ideal solution for poultry is technology. The integration of technology will modernize Indian poultry farming and will deliver the best results. There are so many latest technologies available that can bring efficiency in operations. 

Incorporating the latest technologies in poultry will directly or indirectly help in overcoming the major challenges in poultry. 

The Ideal technology for Poultry farms

Internet of Things (IoT) is a gift of technology for poultry farms. IoT, in simple words, is a system of interconnected objects that can transfer and collect data over the internet. Without human intervention, these devices can help the poultry farmers in monitoring their processes.

There is a need to maintain temperature and humidity in poultry farms for hatchery operations because any irregularity can lead to a decline in quality or the death of chickens. So what’s the action to be taken?

Simply by installing an IoT system, the farmer can monitor the temperature and humidity condition on their mobile phone or any other device. Also, real-time alerts and notifications relating to the hatchery conditions and anomalies help the farmers in minimizing risks of wastage or loss in production.

We have discussed the mortality risk in the transportation of chickens. But with an IoT solution, it is not a problem. IoT solutions also help in the maintenance of eggs and chicken during transportation. The IoT device can be installed inside the transport facility, and the concerned person can regularly monitor the condition remotely.

Investment in IoT solutions is a profitable decision. If you install an IoT system on your farm, you can minimize labor costs and also reduce wastage in production.

The data is readily available, and the farmers can access the data reports anytime and anywhere.  Also, IoT device stores data related to all the processes, and this data can be presented in analytical form. The analytical reports of data can help the farmers in making informed decisions.

How poultry business benefits by integrating technology?

Reduce Labour

The farmers reduce the access to labor that and replace them with technology. The farmers can maintain a balance between technology and labor. Also, the farmers can minimize the cost of employing labor. Minimizing extra costs can help the farmers in getting better returns.

Increase productivity

When the processes become more efficient, then there is less wastage in production. Also, with technology, the poultry business can achieve quicken their processes which saves more time and effort. These factors improve the productivity of the poultry business.

Improve quality

Quality of produce plays a major role in the profitability of the poultry business. Technology like IoT brings efficiency in the production processes and maintains environmental conditions like humidity and temperature. These factors improve the quality of the chicken and eggs and increase their nutritious value.

Conclusion

There is a solution to every problem, no matter how difficult it seems. Technology can help poultry farmers in overcoming major challenges. Also, today technology is helping many businesses to flourish and cope up with covid19 implications. The poultry farmers who faced severe losses can integrate technology to steer their business productivity and profitability. 

If you are looking for a technology solution for your poultry business, then PoultryMon is the name that can fully transform your processes. PoultryMon is an IoT device that helps in remote condition monitoring and control of your hatchery processes, cold room facility, and weight management. Transform your poultry into smart poultry with PoultryMon.

Role of IoT Solutions in Smart Manufacturing

Introduction

Manufacturing is the largest industry in the world. We are experiencing technological revolutions in different industries, but manufacturing is the one evolving at a fast pace. It’s the era of smart manufacturing and industry 4.0. (The fourth industrial revolution).  

But what is accelerating smart manufacturing and industry 4.0?  Well, various modern technologies are influencing the manufacturing sector, but the Internet of things is the one that plays a major role. IoT is forming smart industries and innovating manufacturing processes. In this article, we will understand the role does IoT plays in smart manufacturing and its advantages.

Evolution of Manufacturing

Manufacturing means the production of a wide range of goods. For the production of goods, human labor and machines are required. Initially, in manufacturing businesses, the processes were manual, but in recent decades manufacturing has transformed. This transformation is the result of various digital technologies. Moreover, the advancement in digital technologies is also reducing human participation and labor-intensive processes in industries. Technology has taken over the manufacturing industries.

The technologies responsible for the evolution of manufacturing industries are AI, machine learning, Industrial analytics, and the internet of things. Today’s manufacturing industry is termed smart manufacturing.

What is Smart Manufacturing?

The concept of smart manufacturing is broad, and it is not limited to the implementation of any technology in the production process. Smart manufacturing means the implementation of various technologies and solutions in a manufacturing ecosystem. The technologies and solutions work collectively and create smart manufacturing.  

Smart digital solutions or technologies are called the enablers, and these aim to accelerate productivity, decrease downtime, increase efficiency and increase overall profits.

What is Internet of Things?

Now that we have discussed the meaning of smart manufacturing let us understand one of its prominent drivers, the internet of things. Internet of things is a network of physical devices (referred to as things). The devices are embedded with software, sensors, and technologies. The things or devices are connected for exchanging valuable data over the internet to simplify the manufacturing processes.

How IoT is accelerating Smart manufacturing

Today the internet of things has reached an industry level and is referred to as the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT). It is an ecosystem where the devices, machines, and processes are joined through data communication systems.  Every machine in the industry is embedded with sensors and generates data for production processes. The data generated give insights from the undiscovered activities in the production process. 

In a manufacturing industry, the processes are complex, and these processes generate huge data. IIoT helps in analyzing the data and gives useful insights which manual operations are unable to generate.

IoT solutions play a pivotal role in the creation of smart manufacturing. 

According to research, the size of the IIoT market is projected to grow from USD 77.3 Billion in 2020 to USD 110.6 Billion by 2025. 

It states the importance that IIoT holds today and in the coming future. Also, the sector that would be impacted the most by IoT is manufacturing.

It describes that there is a huge potential for IIoT in smart manufacturing.

Now let us understand how IoT solutions turn manufacturing into smart manufacturing.

How IoT solutions are shaping Smart Manufacturing

The IoT based devices are transforming manufacturing by offering the following features:

Remote accessibility and monitoring of data

With an IoT solution, the production managers can monitor the operations from anywhere and at any time. They can remotely collect information on the operations and control the production process using the devices. The remote access to data saves their extra time and effort.

Remote condition monitoring of assets

Another way the IoT devices can help the manufacturing industry is by offering remote condition monitoring and control. The production managers can monitor the condition of assets or equipment and control them remotely. It helps in minimizing the downtime and assures the performance of the asset. In case of any issues, the production manager can be alarmed and make necessary adjustments.

Asset management and monitoring

IoT allows proper monitoring of the asset and offers more precise inventory management. It controls quality, detects thefts, and optimizes logistics to offer better asset management. With inventory level monitoring, any issues can be identified on time and can save any loss or wastage in quality or quantity of inventory.

Anomalies reporting

When a production process includes human intervention, then there are chances of errors or omissions. But that’s not the case with IoT devices. The IoT devices alert and report any anomalies, and the role of production managers is only to take steps of remedy.

Benefits of IoT based Smart Manufacturing

Increase Productivity

Smart manufacturing means better productivity, and there is no debate about it. When the production manager can access data on time, take action against abnormalities on time, save waste or damages, reduce the production time, then all these leads to an increase in productivity.

Quicken production process

It is a fact that even the most complex tasks, which manually take hours to finish, can complete in a matter of a few minutes with technology. In smart manufacturing, the production processes become faster. Automation of production processes quickens the production process, and the products move to market for commercialization in less time.

Improved decision making

The advanced data analysis and reporting keep the production managers updated with all sorts of information. It also gives better insights that cannot be detected with manual operations. Hence better information and data reporting improves decision-making.

Better quality of products

The connected devices monitor the condition of products in real-time, eliminates human errors, alerts on any abnormalities in the production process. It increases the efficiency of production and ensures the products are of great quality. Also, good quality products mean more satisfied customers, which is another point of benefit.

Cost-effectiveness

Investing in IoT solutions is a decision that you would never regret. There is a better utilization of machines, less wastage in production, and reduce downtime in smart manufacturing. Also, the connected IoT devices utilize energy efficiently. There are so many costs that the manufacturer can save using IoT-based smart manufacturing.  The bottom line is, IoT solutions are a cost-effective option for manufacturing business.

Conclusion

One thing that can be concluded from the above discussion is that IoT’s role in smart manufacturing is pivotal. It is making production simpler, quicker, and profitable. In manufacturing, you cannot generate profits by producing in large quantities because you can sell according to the limited demand. So, the only way to increase profits is to make your production process efficient, and here IoT plays its part. That’s how IoT is shaping smart manufacturing.