A recent question from my son was the driving force behind this blog: “How does Santa know who gets what present, and where every child lives?” This got me thinking, with recent developments in technology how would modern day Father Christmas carry out all of his deliveries? My initial response was that he has a smartphone with GPS and a lot of little helpers that he can track. But having thought about it, what would make his life easier? Surely, Mr Claus would be the ideal IoT customer with asset tracking in the warehouse/workshop, and a ‘smart sleigh’ that knows where to go (GPS), when to land, most efficient flight modus, and whether Santa is on schedule.
Here are some ideas of technology Santa could be using:
- Drones: Will enable Santa to deliver presents more efficiently. Santa’s very own fleet of drones can dispatch presents from all over – possibly even collaborate with warehouses all over the world. The connectivity to a network throughout the drones’ journey will be somewhat challenging, which may be improved slightly once the spectrum for IoT has been defined and regulated. Furthermore, these drones need to be powered sufficiently to make the long journey across the oceans, valleys and mountains to reach every child.
- Compact data management system (DBMS): With Santa’s list of wishes ever increasing, new roads being built and expectations from children rising every year, Santa would surely do well to invest in a robust DBMS system, to capture the wishes, locations, distances and time zones of delivery. This should then tie in with the dispatch of the drones, keeping connected with Santa’s Smart Sleigh to capture in real-time when presents have been delivered.
- IoT: Santa’s sleigh could be the pride of the IoT community – equipped with Internet access and WLAN, the Smart Sleigh can go on autopilot when Santa needs a rest. There will be minimised risk of colliding with other objects in the airspace as continued updates about its whereabouts are sent, and information about air traffic is received. With the help of GPS and weather apps, the most effective and safest route can be mapped out. Even Rudolph and his posse will benefit as the Sleigh will indicate when the reindeers need a break (as prescribed by the RU/Reindeer’s Union).
- Asset Tracking: This really works in tandem with the drones and Santa’s sleigh – transparent RFID tagged presents will provide immediate updates once they have been delivered, indicating whether it was on time and feeding straight into the DBMS.
The key challenges for Santa to enter the IoT age are airspace (spectrum) regulation, the lack of standards for IoT and guaranteed wireless connectivity. Most of these technologies would require a stealthy wireless system to make it work and that’s where iWireless Solutions comes in. Santa you know where we are if you need us!
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