The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the roadmap for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. And IoT (Internet of Things) technology is unquestionably a tool that will enable the desired digital transformation to be achieved in a responsible manner.
IoT technology consists of remotely measuring and controlling “things” that were previously disconnected and it reaches people and objects that previously could not be reached. And, in
the process, it also contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Thanks to IoT, we can now connect the physical world as we know it, through our senses, with the digital world. How? By measuring and controlling any environmental parameter and transmitting this information to the Internet so that it can be analysed and taken into account for responsible decision-making.
Those of us who work in IoT say that this technology helps improve the quality of life of citizens and the competitiveness of companies. Small wonder that the three most common reasons for investing in IoT are to make money, to save money and to stay out of prison. To put it another way, this technology enables lower manufacturing costs, better quality products, a reduction in the use of natural resources, and compliance with progressively and necessarily more stringent environmental legislation.
Although the benefits of IoT are clearly linked to sustainable development, awareness of this link is limited. Companies and public authorities must give priority to the Sustainable Goals at the design stages of their projects, whilst, at the same time maximising the social impact of their activities and increasing the value of their proposals.
In the private sector, businesses are aware of these new opportunities and are implementing collaborative development models in the quest for a common goal: the creation of an ecosystem that fosters win-win relationships.
Alicia Asín, Co-founder and CEO at Libelium
Published in: Nº63 FuturENVIRO September 2019