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M2M and Sustainability

Posted by Norman Miglietta on 07/31/2012

Recently, this blog has discussed the Internet of Things and the Connected Home, but it hasn’t, until now, examined how M2M applications can impact the sustainability of our planet and ecosystem.  I think that I actually started down the sustainability path with my recent blog post on how M2M connectivity can help eliminate forest poaching.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability is “based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.”  Thus, sustainability determines the conditions under which humans and nature can exist and how those conditions permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. It is also important to remember that our society needs to implement regulations and fail-safes to ensure that we have, and will continue to have, the water, materials and resources required to protect the health our environment.

But where does M2M fit in?

A recent article in The Guardian got me to thinking of the different ways we could utilize M2M to drive sustainability in all corners of the world. The story specifically referenced how a “connected” dishwasher could communicate with us regarding its water and energy usage, helping drive more sustainable choices on when to clean our dirty plates and utensils.  M2M technologies could also empower fleet trucks on-board tracking/monitoring solutions to inform drivers of the ideal rate of speed for achieving the best fuel economy; or even monitor exhaust flows and automatically adjust engine throttle accordingly. A number of existing KORE customers already rely on the remote sensors and our M2M network to improve water irrigation and management practices, conserving one of nature’s most precious natural resources.

We have customers that use sensors to determine just the right amount of water to ensure the most productive harvest possible, without over or under watering, thereby saving natural resources AND maximizing their use at the same time.  Other customers are using solar powered remote sensors to alert central dispatch when a garbage dumpster is full and needs to be emptied – saving environmentally damaging truck-rolls and conserving on energy costs.

The potential benefits of M2M for achieving sustainability goals are essentially endless. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing more real-world implementations of “green” M2M applications.

By Stein Soelberg, Director of Marketing

Stein leads a team whose responsibility is to own the branding, advertising, customer engagement, loyalty, partnership and public relations initiatives designed to propel KORE into the 21st century. With over 15 years of technology marketing experience in the business to business software, Internet services and telecommunications industries, Stein brings a proven track record of launching successful MVNOs and building those brands into leaders.