The Dragonfly of IoT: LTIMindtree's Path to Sustainability


While I attended a keynote presentation at this past week’s IoT Evolution Expo 2023 (held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL), I didn’t expect the anatomy of a dragonfly to be a big topic (let alone hear how it correlated analogically to the Internet of Things).

Yet, here we are.

I’ll explain. I’ve written two other articles about the technology services and consulting firm LTIMindtree; the first was a more conversational lead-in to its team’s attendance at the then-upcoming expo, and the second covered a developing partnership valuable to its mission in sustainable IoT.

Then, at IoT Evolution Expo 2023, LTIMindtree’s Sriram Kumaresan, its Chief Business Officer, took the wheel and presented more about the company, its mission and – as mentioned – the analogized study of a dragonfly.

“LTIMindtree believes itself to be involved in more than general IoT or Industry 4.0,” Kumaresan said. “We have nurtured a vision of remarkable digital transformations for decades to come, powered by connected, intelligent, and incontrovertibly sustainable solutions.” 

For context, sustainability in IoT refers to the accountable use and management of its interconnected devices and infrastructures in order to minimize the environmental impacts and preserve for the long-term. This typically involves increasing visibilities, reducing energy consumption and e-waste, and taking into account the entire life cycle of IoT products – from production to use and, eventually, to responsible disposal.

To succeed, LTIMindtree took inspiration from the make-up of the ever-agile dragonfly. While airborne, the dragonfly beats its two transparent pairs of long, membranous wings independently, allowing them to generate a variety of unique maneuvering patterns as it flies. These moves and rotations allow it to dart every which way (even backwards) with ease.

The takeaway here? Its hovering. Dragonflies are one of the few insects that achieve sustained hovering flight. This requires a lot of energy, but it’s what the arthropods are known for.

Dragonflies’ huge, compound eyes also come into play. Each eye is made up of several thousand tiny, individual lenses, creating ultra-multicolor binocular vision. Their field-of-view more or less becomes a mosaic-like image with incredible visual acuity.

Charmed by the dragonfly, LTIMindtree has framed its goals. The creation of markedly connected IoT ecosystems that guide businesses into the future faster has demanded not only agile and independent operations, but the independence of IoT device functionalities therein.

Not unlike the movements of dragonflies’ wings.

Additionally, end-to-end traceability and visibility are acute IoT requisites. LTIMindtree delivers value at scale with a multi-lateral vision on using sustainable tech to solve (and prevent) a mosaic of industry problems. No narrowness, no one-track-minds; instead, a shifting, yet mindful examination of our future and the every-which-way technologies that can improve quality of life for our planet.

So, powerful vision. And again, the callback to the dragonfly.

With 700 clients and counting in more than 30 countries, LTIMindtree taps into these dragonfly-esque traits to connect businesses in insurance, banking and financial services, healthcare, utilities, manufacturing and communications. 90,000 global LTIMindtree employees provide services in the cloud and infrastructure, data and analytics, cybersecurity, digital engineering and consulting. Notable projects on LTIMindtree’s record include the Urban Forest Strategy in Melbourne (i.e. IoT in service of boosting urban forest diversity, vegetation health, and soil moisture and water quality), as well as rural water distribution improvements for select Asian government organizations. These are made possible with more than 15,000 connected assets over 11,000 miles of pipeline via always-on, always-current architecture and AI/ML water production and storage.

“Instrumenting sustainable assets by use of robust sensors and real-time performance monitoring,” Kumaresan said, “allows us to optimize for the future in every way we can.”

Edited by Alex Passett
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