1,000 Norwegian sheep in unique IoT pilot

Telia Norway now launches a first of its kind pilot project where 1,000 sheep will be equipped with Narrowband IoT technology and tracked while on summer pasture.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a new cost efficient communication technology that enables excellent coverage indoors, outdoors and in the ground. It is ideal for things that run on battery or only send data irregularly. In December 2016, Telia Norway launched a Smart Farming service that provides farmers with a smart system for monitoring irrigation systems.

Tracking sheep
Using NB-IoT-technology, Telia Norway and start-up Nortrace now have equipped 1,000 sheep with collars with tracking modules that allows the farmer to monitor their position and well-being while they are on summer pasture in Rogaland.

"This is a great example of how new technology and IoT can help meet real needs," says Jon Christian Hillestad, Head of Enterprise at Telia Norway. “Using NB-IoT for tracking purposes is one of the most important areas of IoT and 5G in the future. It can be used pretty much on everything that is mobile – animals, ships, containers and other means of transportation.”

Big pilot
Telia expects to gain valuable experience from the pilot project: 
"With such a big pilot we will get a pretty good picture of how the technology works and how it can be transferred to other applications," Hillestad says. "NB-IoT opens an immense number of opportunities, and with the use of this technology and our platform, we can now connect multiple devices and develop exciting commercial solutions with partners.”

Available soon
The product has been named Gjeteren (“The shepherd”) and is expected to be commercially available in the autumn of 2017.

More information about smart farming

Watch the video - connected sheep on summer pasture