Smart City & Environment: How IoT-Smart City Combo Can Solve Environmental Issues

Smart city & eco-friendliness with IoT

So, the first question you might be wondering about (or should pop up in everyone’s mind): Can technology save the planet from environmental destruction? Contrary to the popular “bad boy” image that is generally associated with the ever-advancing technology, yes it can! The only things which technology creators & developers should care about are ethical limitations and positive end-results.

Theoretically speaking, if every business and technology creator follow this rule in its purest entirety, the whole technological progress will become strictly “green.” But let us put this green theory aside for a while and bring in a direct element of technology that can remarkably help us fight carbon footprints, and all other kinds of pollution factors in the world: The Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Let’s find out how!

 

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But First, Some Basic Understanding of IoT Framework -:

Let’s start right from the basics. Do you keep your house clean, neat, & sanitized properly? We bet you do because no one likes to live dirty, catch diseases, and eventually expire, right? That is exactly the course on which our only home in the Universe – exoplanets are deemed suitable but out of reach –  is running at a dangerous pace. Therefore, when it comes to bringing a global difference in sustainability, we have the huge potential of the futuristic IoT-powered smart cities.

The framework on which IoT technology stands is an ideal architecture to make a whole city, and its entire administrative operations, quite smarter. But what is the rocket-science behind this all? And what does this “smart” means when it comes to environmental safety & sustainability? Let’s find this out!

Ideologically speaking, IoT has one great tool at its hand that is a stern pre-requisite for all kinds of analytical and predictive measures: the data processing. IoT framework and its ecosystem of devices (some as minute as a sensor) are deemed highly durable and concrete alternatives to deploy for environmental data reading and processing. These, and several other forms of mini “IoT hardware” (another name for IoT-specific devices) are run on an encrypted and exclusive IoT network provided by exclusive IoT services providing firms.

In connectivity sector, IoT has both traditional and over-the-edge connectivity modules to effectively bond an entire network of deployed devices. Some of the notable ones are the local network connection, Wi-FiLPWAN (ideal for small intelligent sensory devices), IEEE, Bluetooth, and 6LoWPAN. The final thing that comes in the process – and often the important one – is the selection of a robust and featuresome IoT device management software. It is a necessary step in completing an efficient IoT administrative environment, as is described in this article at “IoT for All”:

 

“Effective IoT device management is a foundational element for any successful IoT solution. All the major cloud providers include it in their IoT platform offerings. IoT device management enables the IoT solutions providers to quickly and securely operate, authenticate, configure, control, monitor, and maintain the IoT devices used in their solutions to the optimal levels.”

(Source: IoT Device Management: What it is and Why You Need It? – IoT for All)

 

Besides empowering commercial IoT services, an able IoT device manager also can control IIoT, or Industrial Internet of Things, by which an entity can also control and make industrial operations efficient and eco-friendly. So, with all this properly laid out, authorities can be ready to launch the “smart” city initiative to fight environmental issues like sustenance, climate change, carbon emissions, waste management, etc. But how an actual smart city will operate and what environmental issues it will be able to fight effectively with a robust IoT infrastructure working at hand? This is the question which we will shed some light on in the following chapter below.

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So How Smart Cities Are Environmentally Conducive?

In the most laymen terms so that our novice readers can easily understand, a properly-built smart city will have deployed minute IoT devices (generally sensory devices) throughout several areas, both inside and near-outside of the city area. The job of these deployed IoT devices is to read, analyze, and based on those readings generate data that will be transferred to a central command center of the metropolis.

This data will play a crucial role in the examination of all kinds of aspects of the city as well as its environmental sanctity. That’s how in principle a smart city should be able to work and keep a check/balance of its habitat and major services. Now for understanding on how these types of cities can help fight environmental issues and be eco-friendly themselves as well.

The IoT-powered sensors, or any other IoT-powered devices, that are at work on examining and analyzing crucial administrative operations of the city can also be used to determine the weather quality of the city. Things such as waste management, air-quality monitoring; energy, water, pollutant, and industrial state monitoring and real-time data analyzation open up remarkable opportunities to decrease harmful emission and increase the conservational tendency. This is the foremost key in fighting serious environmental issues of today, such as climate change with ever-increasing global warming.

This infrastructure mentioned above can only become a reality with intelligently automated devices that could work remotely in the most efficient manner. And to empower such intelligent automation and data management, IoT technology is by far the best technical tool we have now.

Aside from dealing with the environmental tribulations, there are other grave concerns about the futuristic world which can also be dealt with effectively with the advent of smart cities. The issue we are pointing focus onto is of the rapidly growing world population – a scourge of our own careless reproduction. Human overpopulation is a very real danger to our existence as well as the rapidly depleting Earth resources, which won’t last more than the next 100 to 200 years.

Experts predict that smart cities might be the only viable solution (as of now) to deal with such influx of overpopulation, as in this article at Urban Hub:

 

“According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and could peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100. One way to accommodate this trend could be so-called “smart cities.” Cities that can source and interconnect the best solutions for mobility, sustainable energy, space utilization and, most importantly, offer a great place to live and work, despite rising population densities.”

(Source: Smart cities pave the way to efficient, eco-friendly living – Urban Hub)

 

So, as we can safely conjecture now; by making each process proficient and eco-friendlier, the smart cities will be the standard for every metropolis in the future. The IoT technology, soon to be coupled with newer innovations and variations (e. g. Artificial Intelligence), will pave the way forward and offer humanity their brightest chance to save the world, its environment, and most imminently, the existence of all living beings as we know it.

 

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Marketing Manager | Parlacom Telecommunications
Shazia Ahmed is the Marketing Manager for Parlacom™ Telecommunication. She has a deep interest in technology (specifically IoT). Shazia Ahmed occasionally contributes insightful blogs to the subsidiary of LeadingQuest LLC (parent company of Parlacom™), as well as on other technology blogs on the web. Connect with Shazia to know more about her interests and expertise.
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