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IoT Platform Creates Single Interface For South African Meat Company
- Aug 24, 2016 -

Cavalier Group, a vertically integrated provider of red meat to South African retailers, operates cattle and lamb livestock farms, feedlots, livestock trading houses, slaughterhouses and meat packing plants across the country. It had relied heavily on various sensors to manage its operations—such as thermistors that are used to ensure its chillers are operating optimally—and its security systems, such as access control and CCTV cameras. But because those sensor and security networks were in silos with separate interfaces, they were not always easy to use. Rather than juggling those siloed systems, managers wanted a single platform through which workers could receive and respond to alerts from both the company's operational and security systems.

It turned to IoT.nxt, a Pretoria-based startup, to integrate these disparate systems through a common interface that would enable Cavalier Group employees to receive and respond to alerts through either desktop software or a mobile phone. The technology has been deployed at a multi-use facility that Cavalier Group operates in Cullinan, South Africa, where it operates feedlots as well as abattoirs for cattle and lamb, and where it is currently relocating its meatpacking operations, from a facility in Johannesburg.

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