One of the key drivers for numerous Internet of Things (IoT) applications is enabling the more efficient use of all types of resources. Smart grids reduce power losses, fleet management makes for more efficient route planning and therefore lower fuel consumption, building management systems can adapt operation of power-hungry devices and therefore reduce electricity use, precision agriculture makes more efficient use of water, and numerous other examples.
This report sets out the sustainability impact of applications and solutions that are enabled by IoT (and may potentially also leverage other emerging technologies such as, for example, AI and Edge). The analyses are based on Transforma Insights’ existing granular forecasts of market adoption of these technologies, combined with assessments of the sustainability impact of associated applications. The scope of the sustainability analysis includes the impact of new technologies on electricity usage, (hydrocarbon) fuel usage, water usage, CO2 emissions, and eWaste.
The contents of this document are extracted from a research project undertaken by Transforma Insights for 6GWorld, sponsored by InterDigital. The associated white paper is available here from 6G World: Sustainability in New and Emerging Technologies.