IoT Assisting in Protecting the Environment
As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, Internet of Things (IoT) technology is evolving at a pace and is touching pretty much every facet of human existence.
As well as making our homes, offices, cities and factories more and more efficient in the way they operate and use resources, IoT hardware is now being employed to directly assist in protecting the environment.
Let’s have a look at how.
Global deforestation has long been known to be a contributing factor to the greenhouse effect aspect of climate change and practices like illegal logging are thought to be a leading cause. In order to counter this problem, IoT sensors are being placed on trees in forested areas around the world and they are able to detect sounds that are associated with logging, such as the noise of a chainsaw.
As well as helping those tasked with protecting our forests to react much quicker to illegal activities like these, IoT also makes their efforts more targetted and efficient than ever before.
Saving the Bees
The health of our bee population is known by science to be a good barometer of how healthy our environment is and without them, many of our plants simply wouldn’t grow due to the pollination they perform. So it stands to reason that protecting our bees should be a priority and it’s something that IoT is helping with.
In a painstaking, but extremely innovating and rewarding project, scientists in Australia were able to electronically tag individual bees with tiny IoT radio frequency sensors that enable the tracking of the behaviour of bee populations. That way, farmers and beekeepers are able to identify the issues bees are facing and tackle them to prevent a larger decline in numbers.
The poaching of endangered species is a major issue in certain parts of the world, with those involved in heinous practices like rhino hunting, always seeming to be one step ahead of the authorities. Using technology similar to that described above for use in detecting illegal logging, IoT sensors can be deployed to detect the sounds of poachers moving around the area giving them a head start and a better chance of catching them.
Further to that, animals are also being tagged with connected devices that are able to monitor location and health metrics, so that anti-poaching teams can immediately tell if an animal is in distress and react when needed.
This is just another example of how IoT and smart technology is being used to make our lives better. It may sound cliched, but our planet is a miraculous place and we need to do everything we can to prevent further damage to our environment. Luckily, internet-connected IoT devices like those described above, are proving to be a very useful tool in the war against the forces that seem intent on destroying our habitat.
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