Series: Wireless Connectivity is Changing Our World - Part 1

Wild Hog Verizon TWRA Mobile Solution

IoT Connected Cameras & Dirty Animal Difficulty

IoT Technology is the fastest evolving subset in the technology industry. Heck, just five years ago I thought I was the coolest kid on the block with my new flip phone. Now, my iPhone becomes old news within a year. Wired to wireless connectivity has changed the world. It has changed how we do business, how we keep up with recent events, how we connect with loved ones, you name it, network connectivity has changed every aspect of our day-to-day lives.

In this three part series, I will cover examples and use cases of wireless technology changing our lives in very unexpected ways. This first installment touches on a unique solution for a certain dirty animal difficulty.

Wild Hogs

The wild hog is single-handedly Tennessee’s most destructive animal. Two years ago, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWRA) focused statewide to help private landowners assess and avoid crop damage done by these wild hogs. TWRA turned to modern technology to aid them in this outlandish issue.

Our long-term carrier partner, Verizon Wireless was selected for their 4G LTE data network. With the efficiency of this network, TWRA installed a connected camera video solution to keep an eye on hog traps 24 hours a day. Instead of increasing the number of man-hours to cover trap surveillance, these video cameras reduce man-hours so staff are only needed when a hog is caught. Freeing up labor and reducing spending to be more efficient. Read the original article by Karen Shultz, "Menacing Hogs in Tennessee Thwarted by Mobile Technology."

This is evidence that IoT innovations are viable for all industries and situations. This trend is rapidly transforming our world from a wired to wireless one and is driving society to massive innovations in how we live and do business.

Next Time

In part two of this series, I will examine uses for wireless technology that are not your run-of-the-mill examples.