IoT

  • An interview with Michael Hackney, ViziApps CTO and VP of Products

    An interview with Michael Hackney, ViziApps CTO and VP of Products Michael Hackney sat down to share with us some of his insights into why he chose ViziApps and ViziApps chose him as our new CTO and VP of Products. Here is a summary of the interview. The full video is at the bottom of this article.

    Why are you excited about becoming the new CTO and VP of Products of ViziApps?
    Companies find it time consuming and expensive to invest in creating custom applications to solve their unique business problems. ViziApps’ technology solves real business problems. Michael tested it out by creating a simple app and found ViziApps does it faster and much more easily than other platforms.

    What strengths and skills do you bring to the table?
    Michael brings quite a diverse technology background to the table, including enterprise cloud-based software solutions, award-winning Apple-based products, and even IoT (Internet of Things) predictive analytics for railroads! With that, he brings diverse thinking to addressing the opportunities for ViziApps’ technology in the market place.

  • IoT for Agriculture: Optimizing the Mobile User Experience for Farmers

    Smart Phones. Smart Homes.
    Why not Smart Livestock Management?


    Cows standing in a pastureIn the Feb 18, 2015 Forbes article, “The Future of Agriculture? Smart Farming,” contributing author Federico Guerrini wrote “The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050: Food production must increase by 70% by 2050, and this has to be achieved in spite of the limited availability of arable lands, the increasing need for fresh water (agriculture consumes 70 per cent of the world's fresh water supply), and other less predictable factors, such as the impact of climate change, which, according a recent report by the UN could lead, among other things, to changes to seasonal events in the life cycle of plant and animals.”


    Guerrini wrote further, “One way to address these issues and increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production is using sensing technology to make farms more "intelligent" and more connected through the so-called "precision agriculture" also known as ‘smart farming’.”

    This is the problem Outsource Technical Concepts is addressing with AgVis, their precision livestock monitoring solution. And they are doing so with ViziApps for the mobile app.