How Much Is IoT Doing To Stop The Prevailing Environmental Crisis?
One thing we have learned so far from the ongoing environmental crisis is that the price for the numerous industrial revolutions we have experienced over the past century is steep. This is evident if we consider that many of the environmental-related issues on earth today is directly or indirectly a result of human’s activities. However, new technologies such as IoT present the human race a rare opportunity to undo its past mistakes and forge a path to an environmentally conscious future.
In this publication, we will take a look at some of the ways IoT is enabling environmental-friendly solutions that would significantly contribute to the ongoing efforts to save our planet from the brink of total collapse.
IoT Is Vital When Eliminating Waste Crisis In Smart Cities
IoT and smart technologies or devices go hand in hand, as such, it comes as no surprise that cities that are interested in partaking in the latest smart city trend are investing heavily on the technology, particularly in the waste management sector. As a result, we have experienced an explosion of IoT-enabled waste management solutions that have tremendously transformed conventional waste management operations in various cities.
Today, we have IoT-enabled waste bins that transmit real-time information about their contents to the appropriate data centers for a more viable waste collection schedule and an efficient sorting technique that improves waste recycling. Also, attaching flow sensors to drainage systems and pipes is a better way of identifying leaks and faults quickly.
IoT Is Useful In Reducing Deforestation
it is a proven fact that deforestation contributed about 15% of the global carbon emission and the only way to fix this is to stop the nefarious act of indiscriminately cutting down trees. Although authorities have gone to great lengths to spread the message and to stop illegal logging, there is still a long way to go. This is why IoT is prominently featuring in this endeavor and apparently, it is becoming evident that the technology can give authorities real-time access to the situation in protected rainforests.
With the help of the technology, it is now possible to deploy sensors that could register sounds associated with illegal activities, such as the sound of a chainsaw, and send it real-time to operatives that would stop these acts.
IoT Is Fighting Air Pollution
Without any doubt, air pollution is one of the environmental threats that people, especially those living in a city, are exposed to. To tackle this, firms are introducing new sensors that rely on the Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) network to monitor the quality of the air in our immediate environment. Already, countries like China and South Korea are working on the large scale implementation of this initiative in order to have enough data that could help them create a viable solution to reduce air pollution in their cities.
More importantly, Hawaii, which had a major volcano (Kilauea) erupt last year are using IoT to help citizens detect and avoid areas on the island that still have high levels of hazardous fumes.
As seen from the above-listed points, IoT is fighting environmental deficiencies on various fronts and the rate at which experts are introducing new possibilities is enough reasons to feel optimistic about the future.