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How Could IoT and Sustainability Work Together?
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are becoming extremely useful in environmental protection.
Fremont, CA: IoT applications have transformed many aspects of human life, from smart speakers and bulbs to traffic management in urban areas. With all of its advantages, we often overlook the environmental impact of IoT. According to one estimate, the total amount of e-waste in 2021 will be around 57.4 million tonnes. To put this in context, the total amount of e-waste accumulated in 2021 is nearly equal to the total weight of the Great Wall of China. The growing use of IoT devices will exacerbate the e-waste problem. As a result, industry leaders and researchers have begun to collaborate on integrating IoT and sustainability with the Internet of Disposable Things.
Researchers have been working on biodegradable IoT sensors and batteries. This type's sensors and batteries can get easily discarded, reducing e-waste generation. Compared to standard IoT devices, the materials used for Internet of Disposable Things equipment could be less expensive. In addition, by using disposable materials, these devices' manufacturing time and cost could get significantly reduced.
Let's how can IoT and Sustainability Work Together?
Disposable sensors and batteries have the potential to make IoT devices truly sustainable. By using biodegradable materials, IoDT devices can substantially lower e-waste. Researchers will soon be able to explore new disposable materials for the development of sensors and batteries. Because these materials and batteries are likely to be less expensive than traditional IoT sensors and batteries, industry leaders will be eager to deploy IoDT devices. For example, biodegradable materials are used in sensors for surgical equipment, making such devices extremely useful in the healthcare industry. In addition, the agriculture industry can use IoDT sensors made of biodegradable materials for precision farming.
IoDT technology can encourage much-needed changes in the tech landscape by combining IoT and sustainability. Many advanced technological applications contribute to e-waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The example set by IoDT technology will encourage researchers to reconsider existing technologies such as AI, VR, and AR in order to develop eco-friendly alternatives. Developers are already developing green AI solutions for training and operating AI-powered devices. Other advanced technology researchers will soon follow suit and develop sustainable devices.