Four Examples of IoT and The Environment
It is very clear that sensors can get the job done where people cannot. Deploying sensors to measure elements like air or water quality, radiation, or sensors to detect hazardous chemicals can help track the evolution of the environment. Inaccessible, polluted or uninhabitable spaces can be accessed without risking the health of technicians.
Parents of children and patients with breathing problems such as asthma and COPD could also receive precise, accurate information in real time. Similarly, workers that need to operate in hazardous conditions like mines or workplaces exposed to radiation, could benefit from this real time environmental data.
This includes Smart Home and Smart Building energy management, efficient use of home appliances, smart grid devices, and more.
The energy toll of adding connected devices by the million year on year is enormous and shouldn’t be overlooked. It is in the interest of everyone to create an IoT that minimises energy requirements and environmental impact. LPWAN has this idea of low-power embedded in its name. In the future, ubiquitous low-power sensors should be able to work under conditions that surpass current IoT capabilities. Besides working underground or being able to be deployed at a long distance from the nearest antenna, battery life will be extended to last for years, thus reducing the energy impact.
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