On June 5th, it was World Environment Day. Many organisations and government institutions paid homage to ‘greener’ legislations and business solutions. Surprisingly, one of the most notable attempts to reduce the negative environmental impact of urbanisation is to make cities smarter with the help of IoT.
From smart cities to connected cars, IoT promises to improve our lives. But as our communities become more advanced, pervasive environmental damage continues to threaten our very existence. Looking towards the future, is it possible that the Internet of Things holds the key to saving our planet? Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based startup, is already attempting to stop illegal logging by transforming recycled cellphones into listening devices.1
Smart cities, theoretically, will be able to monitor and adjust the population’s consumption behaviour based on data derived from smart devices. By recording and analysing data with the help of IoT and AI, it is possible to determine the most efficient and greenest ways to use and manage our cities.
As businesses come under increasing pressure to encourage and implement environmentally-friendly solutions for their employees and customers alike, investment in IoT will give them the ability to implement greener strategies across their whole organisation and fast. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of IoT.
As long as we embrace IoT innovations and developments while creating a sophisticated infrastructure to support the evolving ecological landscape, we can look forward to a safer and cleaner planet of the future.