Co-Creating a Sustainable Future: How IoT can aid Mother Nature
Updated: Feb 9
Nature is a symbol of survival and wisdom. We live in an era where we have been able to destroy nature even more than our ancestors did. As a result, the human race needs to understand better why and how certain things happen. Nature is a cornerstone of our existence, but it can also teach us many lessons about the harm we are inflicting on ourselves.
Historically we wouldn't think of Monther Nature and the Internet of Things in the same sentence. Nature is a central source of many things we take for granted like water, food, materials, and more. We are damaging nature by frequently polluting, deforestation, and other actions that affect our environment.
On the other hand, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects that contains embedded technologies for communication and interaction with the inner state of an external environment (Gartner Definition).
At the beginning of this century, entrepreneurs and scientists began to harness the power of the "Internet of Things" (IoT). IoT innovations are changing the way people live.
Whether it's a smart irrigation system or a thermostat, intelligent technologies help protect the atmosphere by reducing water and food waste. In the modern era, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence help us stay on top of our daily routines and provide efficient ways for businesses to reduce water consumption and food waste have effectively lowered energy usage and eliminated greenhouse gas emissions.
Evidently, Yoav Lurie began to positively impact this world with a thermostat device to reduce electricity costs.
We're at a crossroads. Climate change, pollution and environmental crises are all in the rearview mirror. We've got to do something bold to clean up our act, turn over a new leaf, and reverse the grim trend. The sustainability experts say that artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) can help us explore and monitor natural resources more effectively.
According to IoT Analytics and the World Economic Forum, 84% of IoT deployments address the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ok. But how exactly is IoT helping the global economy solve sustainability issues?
The Internet of Things (IoT) can significantly benefit the global economy by converting data into valuable information for executives and engineers to make better decisions. AI and IoT both play a big part in finding new solutions to environmental problems. IoT helps increase our understanding of what's happening to the world's natural resources, which allows us to solve issues and find answers.
In principle, IoT and AI can drive more efficient environmental systems observations by converting data into information to mitigate natural resources.
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Electronic Waste Management
E-waste is the waste produced from unused, broken or obsolete electronic equipment. It is the world's fastest-growing waste stream, with an estimated 4 billion 'e-waste' products being created worldwide every year, and the demand for electronic scrap rising at a rate of 20% a year.
E-waste recycling is a process for recycling materials from old equipment used in a new product. Recycling plants for digital scrap disassemble, process, and prepare the materials, components, and goods in digital scrap for use or reuse as new products.
Worrying about the landfill problem isn't the only environmental issue e-waste presents. Proper recycling of our electronics benefits our planet as well as the workplace and economy. Even though we don't reap the same substantial financial benefits from recycled waste, we generate new products faster than if we throw everything away.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 80% of electronics cannot be recycled.
Electronic devices with embedded sensors are just trendy; they also help monitor the device's health and determine the end of life cycles. Our lives are increasingly digital, and people are using more devices every day. Connected devices can be tracked in real-time. When the device is returned to the manufacturer or collection centre, the components can either be reused, repaired or safely disposed of, limiting the environmental impact due to e-waste.
Ecological Observing & Endangered Species preservation
The connected world will have a significant impact on the natural world and society. Some of the natural world applications, utilising sensors and connected devices to measure and generate data to monitor and protect the environment proactively include water supplies, radioactivity, volcanic action, temperature, water quality and air pollution.
Technology is increasingly an essential tool in saving entire species from extinction. Modern conservationists rely on technology to effectively monitor African nations' savannahs to combat poaching and preserve endangered species.
IoT-enabled sensors and collars with light technology, and GPS tracking, is used to monitor animal behaviour and movement in real-time. These systems can send data to park or zoo officials, who analyse the data to identify endangered animals in distress and alert the zoo's staff.
Drones can also be used so that the team can locate and monitor endangered animals from a safe distance and detect wildfires before they spread.