Technological progress began with the steam engine. But since then, the side effects of technology on society and the environment have been clearly noticeable. Especially the climate change makes us sit back and rethink. In the meantime, innovative and smart technologies have become important instruments for more sustainability. The Internet of Things in particular offers simple and effective levers for achieving climate targets.
Now it's time to get started, because it's three to twelve. The economy has special responsibility here. After all, it links all social activities. Sustainability is not yet a strategic goal everywhere. Companies are demanding simple implementation. Fortunately, technological progress is also helping here, with IoT. IoT stands for Internet of Things. It connects devices and machines and collects data. IoT is particularly well suited to reducing emissions and protecting the environment. With IoT, companies gain new knowledge to optimize their processes. Cities and regions can also use IoT to achieve their sustainability goals more easily and offer added value for citizens, business and administration. The irresistible thing about it: with improved, faster processes and lower costs, the solutions are virtually self-financing. It is also nice that most solutions can be easily retrofitted. For the big players in the market as well as for small and medium-sized companies.
Five tips for more sustainability
- One machine breaks down and the whole production stops. It could not be worse. With IoT solutions, companies monitor their machines. They identify necessary maintenance before the defect occurs and receive reliable predictions about its condition in real time. Technicians read error codes remotely. Maintenance can be organized more economically, maintenance costs are reduced and the operating life of the machines is extended.
- A tracker monitors the cold chain and provides information about the condition of the goods. So the grocer knows that the strawberries in the truck could become "wrinkly". He can intervene and cancel or reorder the delivery instead of throwing them away later.
- An unused office space, but the heating is running at full speed. This is not necessary. Sensors measure CO2 content, movement and temperature in rooms. And show energy consumption, room use and air quality. This helps to control buildings more economically and environmentally friendly. "Building Monitoring & Analytics" was the first IoT product to be awarded the Green Magenta label. Telekom uses this label to identify particularly ecologically or socially sustainable offerings.
- Almost one third of the greenhouse gases in transport are caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Improving the route of trucks alone can save up to 40 percent of fuel. A positive factor for the environment and for costs. Customers are setting ever tighter deadlines for the delivery of goods and merchandise. Ten minutes late and the truck is often not allowed to unload until the next day. If logistics companies want to plan the best route for their trucks, they need to track sales volumes in real time and adjust the route accordingly.
- Conventional street lighting is responsible for more than 40 percent of the energy consumption of cities. By using intelligent lighting, cities can reduce their electricity costs by 70 percent or more. Depending on the situation, networked lights are controlled to become brighter when someone approaches. This saves energy, CO2 emissions and reduces light pollution.