Surf the Web From Your Fridge!

Surf the Web From Your Fridge

What if your refrigerator could talk to you? What if it could tell you what food you are low on while you are at the grocery store? With a smart fridge, you can do just that. 

A smart fridge is an “Internet of Things (IoT)” device, which simply means it connects to the internet. By simply hooking it up to your WiFi, it enables all kinds of extra features over a standard refrigerator. You can browse the web for recipes with the touchscreen on its door. You can create grocery lists that link to your phone. You can even set expiration dates with notifications to use the food before it goes bad.

Household IoT devices are exploding in popularity and are not limited to just a fridge. Google Home, August Doorbell Cam, and Philips Hue light bulbs are all examples of popular household IoT devices. Although they each have vastly different uses, their ability to connect to the internet is what makes them an IoT device. 

IoT technology is not strictly limited to household appliances. It can be used in industry as well. IoT devices in an industrial setting are referred to as Industrial IoT, and the impact they can have on a company are massive. 

Canadian Natural Resources (CNRL) reduced 85% of its oil well site visits by deploying Industrial IoT. The company deploys sensors, like temperature and pressure, that gather data and send it over the internet to the company’s software. Rather than requiring a physical site inspection, CNRL can see data from all of its wells, 24/7 in real time. 

Kellog’s manufacturing plant successfully slashed its product rejections by 73% with Industrial IoT. The company deployed IoT temperature sensors at every critical control point in the manufacturing process — mainly the ovens and dryers along the production line. The IoT sensors now collect temperature data and transmit it to a software system via the internet where notifications are sent to workers when issues are detected. Quicker response to constraints has significantly reduced the number of products rejected due to quality issues. 

With Industrial IoT, Michelin successfully reduced its inventory in transit by 10% and improved its estimated arrival times by 40%. The company deployed IoT sensors in each of its shipping containers to track product location while in transit to customers. By collecting location data and sending it to a software system via the internet, Michelin is able to track the shipments in real time to find inefficiencies in shipping routes, as well as more accurately estimate arrival dates. 

At A4 Systems, we specialize in developing cyber physical systems. At the core of every system are multiple Industrial IoT devices that collect data on a process or piece of equipment. That data is then used to drive decisions that will boost your company’s overall performance.


This article is part of a series of nine articles entitled, “The 9 Pillars of Digital Transformation.” A4 Systems is a world-class team of cyber physical system product developers. We transform quality data into primary competitive advantage by implementing the 9 pillars into our projects and solutions. 

Keep an eye out for the other articles here.