How IoT Can Help Fight Climate Change
Regardless of your personal stance or political leanings towards climate change, it’s indisputable that finding more efficient & effective means of production makes sense. Even if only for the sole purposes of reducing capital expenditures and heightening brand reputations, the benefits are indeed palpable.
And, with recent advancements in Industrial IoT Technologies, the path to an improved carbon footprint is easier than you might realize…
In a recent article for Raconteur, Internet of Things was touted as a proverbial Silver Bullet for Climate Change, and it’s tough to disagree:
But first things first…
What is Industrial IoT?
IIoT monitors & measures specific KPIs from Industrial Job-Site/Premises with the intent of indicating areas of opportunity for improvements – i.e. sensors may be deployed to measure something as simple as the utilization of equipment, providing a more actionable overview of where to consolidate workloads across your operations.
How Can IoT Help Combat Climate Change?
As put by Alex Gluhak of Digital Catapult, “The Internet of things is the digital skin of our planet” – is is fast becoming the first point of contact for many firms, through which we identify historical trends and real-time challenges in order to make faster, more data driven decisions.
When it comes to combating climate change or reducing your carbon footprint, this can take a number of forms liike:
- Minimizing the use of fuel or electricity from you operations
- Measuring the output of carbon near your premises
- Finding inefficiencies that add to your firm’s carbon output.
Here are just a few specific examples that Latium Technologies has encountered:
1. Enhancing Logistics for Transport
Given our extensive background in fleet management, this one is (for us) a no-brainer – if your company utilizes a division to transport products, it only makes sense to utilize available technologies to ensure that your supply chain is as efficient as possible.
This includes a focus on:
- Driver behaviors (i.e. reducing idle times & hard acceleration
- Determining best possible routes based on historical data re: route times
- Maximizing the output and utilization of said transport vehicles
Generally, these tasks are assigned to an individual, however IoT technologies like Yonder can help augment and even automate a lot of these processes!
2. Monitoring (and Mitigating) The Use of Power On Site
When it comes to fuel & power use on major projects, it’s easy to become so focused on the big things – heavy equipment, vehicles, and the like – that you ignore the litany of small power drains that add up to some big opportunities when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint.
Consider the heaters, generators or light towers used in your operations – no doubt, you likely have some scheduling/process in place to ensure optimal utilization (i.e. only turning on heating units when temperatures reach a predetermined threshold, ensuring lighting rigs are off in areas with minimal traffic and workflows.
And while this is all fine, it is rife for inaccuracies & mistakes that wind up costing you in the long term.
With IoT Technologies, you can configure sensors to send messages directly to decision makers if, for example, a heating unit is left on unnecessarily.
3. Improving Equipment Fueling Routes
On major job-sites, fuel trucks are often tasked with driving to a series of predetermined locations to see if equipment needs fuel.
However, with the bevvy of industrial IoT solutions at your disposal, you could easily optimize how these stops are made by notifying fuel truck drivers when & where fuel is required in real-time.
4. Determining a Baseline for Carbon Emissions
At the outset of your journey to lowering emissions, IoT technologies like Yonder can help you & your team set a baseline metric for carbon emissions, as well as measuring progress moving forward.
We appreciate you taking the time to read our overview of How Industrial IoT could affect climate change – we’d love to hear how you are tackling climate change!