The Opportunities, Challenges and Impacts of the Internet of Things on Environmental Sustainability
There are now more devices, sensors and systems connected to the internet than people. These "things" are communicating and collecting a plethora of data in real time on the places and environments they operate in – including buildings, vehicles, homes, farms, oceans and many other locations across the planet. This growing internet of things (IOT) presents a tremendous opportunity for environmentalist and sustainability advocates to dramatically change the way we see, understand and manage our limited precious resources and protect our environment. These new data sources provide a way of seeing our planet and how we as humans interact with it as never before possible. This research and presentation will define this emerging technology and explore the challenges, impacts and opportunities associated with this new technical capability. It will also provide a model for how this technology could be adopted by organizations around the world to achieve positive impacts on the environment and sustainability.