- 平台即服务 (PaaS) - 连接平台
Freight Farms 的目标是创建一个互联的农业环境，该环境易于设置、响应迅速、易于扩展，并提供通向未来功能和服务的途径——从日常运营到支持，再到增长优化，连接他们的农场为他们的农民提供了更好的体验。在构建、集成和维护自己的 IoT 解决方案所需的支持时间受到内部限制后，Freight Farms 开始寻找和评估他们可以信任的 IoT 合作伙伴。
Freight Farms 是一家总部位于波士顿的农业技术公司，提供工具和服务以在任何环境中生产新鲜食品。该公司的诞生源于消除食品生产和分销的负面影响的愿望
Freight Farms 借助 LogMeIn 的 Xively 连接产品专业知识和 Xively 物联网 (IoT) 平台。安全性、可扩展性和专业知识是重要的决定因素，Freight Farms 希望与一家能够承担整个连接堆栈的公司合作，拥有一个可以满足他们所需一切的部署就绪平台，同时提供来自 Xively 专业服务的最佳指导和建议。通过提供安全、可靠、快速的连接，Xively 允许 Freight Farms 开发团队改进农场的其他领域和整体业务。
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