How can IoT help the environment?

- 22nd June 2017 -

🚴 Over the next few weeks we'll be using IoT enabled devices to track our Business Development Manager, Terence, as he trains for RideLondon100.

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What exactly is IoT? In short, the Internet of Things is all about networked smart objects. We introduce IoT technology in the form of sensors and actuators into real world objects to make them smart.

We then connect these objects to networks that allow applications to capture data about the object, analyse it, and make decisions about what should happen. Add in an application programming interface (API) and we can not only monitor the object, but control it without being there.

When smart objects are placed in the environment, the information gathered by these sensors can:

Reduce pollution

Predict & protect from extreme weather

Keep food supply chains secure


With bees responsible for pollinating 90% of the world's commercial plants, their recent decline could dismantle a hefty portion of our food chain. In 2010, Cisco employees set out to prove IoT could help manage and encourage an increase in bees.

Meet the Connected Bees

Networked hives were built, each incorporating several pieces of connected tech, including: Temperature and humidity sensors Video cameras to remotely monitor hive health Sensors to measure overall hive weight Any changes reported by the sensors would lead to a faster diagnosis of any problems in the hive, meaning keepers could intervene earlier or even prevent issues all together.

This adoption of IoT technology led to a thriving and successful bee colony, and an IoT blueprint that could be replicated across the world... As well as 220 pounds of award winning honey! 🍯

But environmental IoT isn't just about helping to protect nature. It can also...

Ease traffic congestion

Improve public health

Ensure workers are safe


Businesses have a responsibility to protect the health of their workers and ensure they're providing a safe environment for them to work in. Many must also ensure their processes aren't damaging the environment around them. How can IoT help?

Thanks to realtime air quality monitoring, construction businesses can ensure they stay below the limit for dust emissions set out by the Clean Air Act. Furthermore sensors that measure toxicity can alert workers to high levels of carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur contamination.

IoT can therefore make meeting health and environmental regulations easier as well as predict, prevent, and control any harmful consequences.

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Next week:

Connected Pigeons - London's Pollution Problem

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