Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Libelium shows how IoT can protect the planet

Steve Rogerson
September 25, 2019
 
Following the United Nations call for sustainable development goals (SDGs), Spanish wireless sensor network company Libelium is promoting IoT technology as a tool to achieve prosperity while protecting the planet.
 
The SDGs are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
 
Libelium says it values and encourages the prioritisation of sustainability goals to increase the impact that the IoT provides for a better world. Nowadays, IoT technology is contributing to the improvement of citizens’ quality of life and companies’ competitiveness. Investing in IoT technology directly impacts manufacturing cost reduction, better use of natural resources preservation, product quality improvement and regulatory compliance.
 
A report published by Libelium summarises how IoT technology works in favour of the SDGs and which projects have been deployed worldwide according to each objective.
 
Libelium has identified the benefits IoT technology offers for goals such as zero hunger, good health, clean water, sustainable cities, industry, climate action, life on land and life below water.
 
The objective of the report is to improve IoT investments both from public and private entities adding the benefits that demonstrate how technology can transform everyday life for a better world.
 
“Annual cereal production will need to rise to about three billion tonnes and annual meat production will need to rise by over 200 million tonnes to reach 470 million tonnes to feed 9.1 billion people by 2050,” said Alicia Asín, Libelium’s CEO. “These figures only will be real by applying precision agriculture techniques with IoT technology.”
 
The report analyses the power of the IoT to increase water quality, to control pollution and to fight against climate change, among other benefits.