The Greening of IoT: Sustainable Tactics We Need


The oft-riveting influence of IoT can be felt in too many professional fields to count in one sitting. But when technologies unsurprisingly consume energy and waste (which can contribute to the climate problems we face), sustainable IoT practices swoop in to put things right. Reducing environmental impacts, in tandem, promotes more stable economic practices; for example, sustainable design can lead to more efficient use of resources and reduced energy costs (while avoiding pricey regulatory penalties and fines). Also not to be overlooked are the valuable social impacts (i.e. environmentally conscientious and equitable communities, especially in underserved areas).

So, on Tuesday at IoT Evolution Expo 2023 (held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL from February 14-16), one of several exciting Solutions Showcases was a presentation titled “IoT Solutions for More Sustainable, Efficient and Profitable Companies.” It was led by Libelium’s Business Development Manager for North America, John Wood.

Libelium, founded in 2006 by Alicia Asín and David Gascón, is still headquartered in Spain but now has business worldwide. (In fact, in late January IoT Evolution World published a detailed piece about Libelium and its global focus on sustainable IoT advancements.)

Throughout his presentation, Wood covered Libelium’s high-level offer; how the company was conceived, how it got where it is today, and why its teams passionately believe in IoT as an indispensable tool for decision-making in sustainably datocratized societies.

“IoT is often a multi-definitional toolset,” Wood said. “But however it is defined, proper IoT investments can lead to high-quality and actionable data for environmentally friendly products we can rely on.”

With intent to educate about sustainable IoT (in order to help businesses sell through educatable channels) Wood described many of Libelium’s broad focuses, as well as a number of the company’s specific, deployable solutions:

For agri-food, Libelium aims to “Tech the countryside.” so its customers can plan more investments at scale. For smart cities, Libelium advocates for a motto of “Conscious citizens. Honest cities.” And of course for sustainability as a whole, the goal is to “Green your business. Secure the future.”

To realize these visions, Libelium’s products include:

- Plug & Sense!, which allows for easy IoT deployment in a scalable way (and with minimum maintenance costs). It’s easily configurable, waterproof, and solar-powered.

- Libelium One connects to any of the company’s integrated sensors; for weather stations, atmospheric parameters, water quality, ground conditions, etc. No programming (and no code) required. It has cloud-based node configuration and is super easy to install.

- Air Quality Station is designed with AI and ML to learn from reference stations. It has 4G connectivity and noise level sensors for air quality measurement in cities. (It detects different gases; CO, NO2, NO, O3, and SO2.) With this, Libelium can take a snapshot of a city’s air quality so remedial actions can be taken.

- Smart Parking (via double-sensor devices) allows for the detection of parking availability both indoors and outdoors. It’s highly accurate, is low-power via LoRaWAN, and it has a combo of radar and magnetic tech. This provides visibility so drivers can find parking spots more successfully, thus steadily unclogging streets (with almost zero maintenance needed).

- Libelium Cloud is the company’s venture for remote control and data exploitation in IoT apps. Its functionalities include device management, subscription management and (for data-specific purposes) digestion, storage, visualization, and exporting.

Finally, Wood covered how Libelium has more than 160 types of additional sensors and outdoor transducers that are cost-effective and legitimately sustainable in the long haul.

You can learn more about IoT Evolution Expo 2023 and ITEXPO (part of #TECHSUPERSHOW) here.

Edited by Alex Passett
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