Environment

Call for Code initiative: technology in the face of natural disaster

Written by Matthew Mikell and Lauren Konchan | August 22, 2018 | Environment

In a connected world, we’ve come to rely on consistent communications for our everyday lives. But what happens when disaster strikes? In the aftermath of devastating weather events and natural disasters, can the Internet of Things help restore emergency communications – or even save lives? Call for Code is an IBM-led initiative seeking to answer ...read more


Earth Day 2018: 5 Acts of Green

Written by Jen Clark | April 20, 2018 | Environment

It’s Earth Day on the 22nd April, which means it’s time to focus on looking after our planet. The Earth Day Network is doing a fantastic job at bringing people together to tackle major environmental challenges by committing to small, individual ‘Acts of Green’. They’re running multiple campaigns, from reforestation and protecting endangered species through to climate change, ...read more


Big data, pollution and the IoT

Written by Jen Clark | November 7, 2017 | Environment

Anyone who has lived in a big city will know what it’s like to breathe polluted air. Newcomers to London, for instance, never fail to mention the famous ‘black bogie’ effect associated with taking the tube. Cyclists take to wearing masks to avoid being gassed by car exhaust fumes, and many an allergy sufferer might ...read more


The Internet of Things, Cloud and Analytics: The New Frontier in Protecting the Endangered Rhino

Written by Francois Spruyt | September 22, 2017 | Environment, Platform

Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa features 37,000 hectares (the equivalent of just over 90 thousand acres) of diverse landscapes and geology, and is home to much of the African continent’s stunning wildlife. South Africa is also home to most of the world’s remaining rhinos. At Welgevonden you will also find something which, at first ...read more


Managing storm water with the Internet of Things

Written by Jen Clark | August 14, 2017 | Cities, Environment

Storms are destructive beasts, especially to cities and built-up areas. Even your average bout of heavy rain can lead to overflowing rivers and flooding; damaging infrastructure, rendering roads impassible and halting transport until the damage is repaired. So can the Internet of Things help manage excess storm water, and even put it to good use? ...read more


IoT: Reducing the effect of weather on industries

Written by Hannah Merry | March 28, 2017 | Environment

The weather has a direct, daily impact on us as it affects what we wear, our mood and the industries we work for. The Weather Company estimated that it’s the largest external factor affecting business performance, leading to $1 trillion lost annually in the US alone. The Internet of Things (IoT) can help improve our understanding of ...read more


4 BIG ways the IoT is impacting design and construction

Written by Jacqi Levy | February 12, 2017 | Buildings, Cities, Environment

This is the first post in a four-part series on how the IoT is impacting buildings. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming every facet of the building – how we inhabit them, how we manage them, and even how we build them. There is a vast ecosystem around today’s buildings, and no part of ...read more


IoT for water utilities

Written by Matt Bellias | January 9, 2017 | Energy and Utilities, Environment

It’s often said that water is the world’s most valuable commodity, but in many Western countries water has been so cheap and accessible that many people don’t even think about its cost. But with rapid urbanization – nearly 70% of the world’s population lives in cities – it is estimated that almost half of the ...read more


Why cognitive sustainability makes good business sense

Written by Julie Yamamoto | December 1, 2016 | Environment

As a leader, you constantly have your eyes peeled for ideas to accelerate growth, reduce cost and identify ways to improve customer satisfaction. These are common goals across every industry, whether in the private or public sector, and they’re becoming more challenging to achieve in a changing world. As inequality, poverty, and environmental pressures rise, ...read more


Incorporating weather data into IoT is a game changer

Written by Franklin Morris | November 16, 2016 | Environment

Weather has long been a source of headaches for businesses across all industries. Extreme conditions can cause power outages and supply shortages, leading to production delays. Changing resource availability, due to a blizzard or hurricane, will often raise operating costs. Severe storms shut down facilities, interrupt communications, transportation and power systems. And let’s not forget ...read more


How do you standardise the Internet of Tigers?

Written by David Rogers | October 28, 2016 | Environment

A couple of months ago, I was present at a meeting in Geneva where the “Internet of Tigers” was discussed. The topic was raised by an African country – tigers are of course resident in Asia, although some do live on reserves in Africa, such as at Tiger Canyons in the Karoo, South Africa. Tracking ...read more


Hurricane Matthew: can IoT help safeguard us in crisis?

Written by Jen Clark | October 14, 2016 | Environment

The U.S. is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which for two weeks has swept destructive hurricane-force winds along the Florida coast, pushing north to Georgia and the Carolinas. A Reuters report estimates that nearly 900 people have died in Haiti, with 17 killed in the U.S., due to a devastating combination of rainfall ...read more