In New Jersey, Verizon’s services are going beyond telecommunications and Internet into precision agriculture and offering hardware and software solutions for growers and the agriculture industry. Earlier this year, Verizon focused on smart cities and grid modernization services, and bought Telogis and Fleetmatics expanding its reach into connected fleets, which make sense given Verizon’s background and history.
But in 2017, Verizon will expand its services as more and more machines, devices and technologies become connected, especially in agriculture. Verizon is providing analytics software as well as hardware and sensors for data management, soil management, irrigation systems, water and electric utilities, and sharing of assets like tractors and other farming equipment. Verizon is working on a large scale while integrating and using smaller entrepreneurial companies, like Mobotix AG and ITK, to help offer these big solutions for the agriculture industry.