Although the Internet of Things or IoT technology is relatively new and still in development phases, the impact that it is having on our society is already evident.
BACpress : IoT has taken almost every industry by storm. From business to communication and from healthcare to music every industry is being affected by IoT in one way or the other. However, one of the most interesting use of this technology that is still under consideration and early development phases by the experts is how we can use IoT to create a more sustainable environment.
This technology has a great potential to help us in making our environment more sustainable and help us in our fight against pollution all across the globe. The following are just a few of the examples that show how important and helpful this technology can be for environmental sustainability.
Some examples of areas for improvement with IOT
Every year, billions of dollars are wasted when we throw away the phones and other gadgets that we don’t use. These are the products that can very easily be reused and refurbished very easily. These wasted gadgets not only present a huge waste of money they are also a great hazard to our environment. Almost all of the materials that are used for making these phones are non-bio degradable and toxic for the environment. By using IoT as a tool we can make a system which will monitor different products throughout their life and notify the when the life is over or which part is faulty and can be easily replaced. It can also tell the companies which parts of the products can be reused or recycled. This efficient IoT based system can significantly reduce the overall e-waste on the planet.
Energy Efficient Data Centers:
Data centers all over the world are one of the biggest consumers of electricity. Large businesses require a lot of data to work with and as this data is increasing day by day at an exponential rate so is the power consumption of data centers. Data centers need to stay online 24/7 so you can well imagine the energy that they require. Thankfully different organizations have now started to work on a solution for this problem. By using IoT technology and different sensors the plan is to connect different servers and data centers together. The main benefit that this process will give us that data centers connected with IoT technology will monitor the servers and adjust the energy consumption according to the requirement of the servers. This will help the organizations in saving money as the energy consumption will be lower when the load on servers is less.
IoT for Environmental Sustainability
The increment in Agricultural Production:
IoT has enormous potential when we talk about its applications in the field of agriculture. This technology will not only help in increasing the yield of any crop it will also greatly reduce the man power that is required for the job. Both of these benefits will result in healthier and cheaper crops for the common people. This technology can also help in greatly reducing the agricultural waste that is a major pollutant in the environment. Smart IoT technology can be used to attach different sensors to the plants or trees and connect them to a monitoring device. Using this device, you can easily monitor growth, hydration, nutrients and most importantly, diseases in different crops.
IoT can also be used to make the overall traffic system more smooth and efficient. The increment in the global population has had its toll on the transport system and it is in need of a major overhaul. IoT can be used to not only make this system quick but also fuel efficient. A lot of drivers, especially in the cities, waste a lot of time and fuel only to find a parking spot. If a system is employed that automatically alerts the drivers about empty parking spaces a lot of time, fuel and as a consequence money can be saved. Similarly using IoT to drive and guide autonomous vehicles can significantly reduce accidents and help in saving precious lives.
Although there are challenges involved in the process but building a more sustainable environment is possible with IoT. One of the major issues involved is the security of billions of access points that will be created by using this technology but this is not impossible to handle. IoT has the potential of addressing key environmental issues all across the world in an effective manner.