When I was a kid and I first started fishing with my dad, we’d go out in our little boat and use a device known then, and still today, as a fathometer. A fathometer uses a sonic transducer which is hung over or attached to the stern of your boat. The transducer sends out a low level signal that bounces off the bottom and often sizable fish, and is translated into a visual graph display on a screen aboard your boat.
Well, back then, in the late 50’s and early 80’s, dad’s fathometer / fish finder used a paper roll like one used in adding machines, and as the signal came in, a pencil would actually draw the lines. By the late 1980’s, we owned a nicer boat and the fathometer was digital. However, even then, we were still using a LORAN – a line of site method for radio-triangulating your position. This is how we’d come back to good fishing and diving spots.
So what does this have to do with wireless technology? Read on and see.
Once the GPS system came online in the early ‘90’s, vessel positioning became something far more accurate and easy. As we’ve moved into the 21st century, digital technology has given us the power to find our positions anywhere on the globe from a hand-held cellular phone – and that’s just the beginning.
And what of the fathometer? Well, now, you can download an app for your phone or tablet. Along with the app, you get a Bluetooth enabled transducer which you tie to a cleat and can toss anywhere over the side you want. The transducer will transmit its data up to 75 feet away over Bluetooth and your app will plot the bottom and any fish for you. Completely mobile, completely wireless and incredibly more flexible than the old days.
So why tell this story?
Because it illustrates how mobile and wireless technology is rapidly becoming a dominant force today. Virtually anything can be done remotely, and it’s the wise business – the profitable business – that takes advantage of all that wireless offers and all that’s yet to come.
Virtually every market can make use of some form of wireless – from simple automated plantation shutter controllers to complex home automation systems to a dizzying array of nautical and maritime application – just to name but a few. The trick to capitalizing on all of this is being prepared to act on your ideas and to be able to develop the software necessary to carry them out quickly, accurately and cost-effectively.
Are you prepared to win the wireless revolution?