The Internet of Things (IoT) is a segment of technology that does what the name indicates: Connects “things” to the Internet. These things are not ordinarily what would be considered devices that connect to the internet, so well outside the realm of computers, smartphones, or tablets.
Instead, IoT can bring intelligence to vehicles, light bulbs, trash cans, blood pressure cuffs, and so much more to help collect data and transmit it through connectivity to the cloud for analytics. These analytics let the end user or application make data-backed decisions in scores of use cases, from healthcare and manufacturing to logistics and fleet management.
Many of the benefits of IoT center on its ability to create efficiencies, lower costs, and optimise productivity. One aspect of IoT that shows exciting prospects is IoT for Good, which helps create sustainability and tackle major global challenges.
IoT for Good can be leveraged across all industries, from minor changes that help reduce carbon to large-scale initiatives that impact global challenges. Below are just a few examples:
Smart agriculture: The rise of smart agriculture can help create sustainability, as well as create greater yield to tackle food insecurity across the globe. Whether that is soil sensors to monitor moisture and salinity for precise watering; air quality and pest monitoring to optimise spraying against disease and infestation; or livestock tracking to support health, IoT in agriculture shows significant opportunity.
Smart cities: Numerous applications exist within smart cities, as well. Connected buildings can optimise the use of energy and utilities through programming, air quality monitoring can help reduce pollution, video monitoring can help mitigate crime, and traffic control can lower commutes, as well as idle time for vehicles and thus pollution.
Water conservation: Not only is water conservation possible in the agriculture industry but it can also be applied in recreation and municipalities through granular monitoring. For recreation, watering decisions can be driven by analytics, and municipalities can leverage leak detection to prevent loss.
Smart energy: By leveraging devices for energy efficiency and focusing on renewable energy, this area of IoT for good can create sustainability and help meet global energy goals.
Carbon reduction: Carbon emissions can be reduced in a host of ways and is largely dependent on the use case. One example, however, would be a logistics organisation streamlining efficiencies in order to reduce or consolidate shipments.
Healthcare: Digital healthcare is a tremendous area of opportunity for IoT for Good. Connecting patients digitally to providers can promote better outcomes and offer greater accessibility to healthcare. Whether that is telehealth, decentralised clinical trials, or connected devices used in the home through remote patient monitoring, connected health certainly is an IoT for Good use case.
KORE is thrilled to offer its IoT enablement services to organisations implementing IoT and we have experience with IoT for Good use cases that we love to share. We are launching a monthly blog series “IoT for Good” to feature our customers innovating for change.
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