Technology and sustainability are not topics people usually think are related. After all, many contemporary environmental concerns are linked to the production, power reliance, and improper disposal of various technologies. But not all technology is created equally, and efforts are being made to reduce and mitigate environmental impact and address other environmental issues with IoT technology. It begs the question: what are some of the roles IoT can play in sustainability?

The Role of IOT Technology in SustainabilityReduction of Air Pollution

Air quality sensors allow factories and other interested parties to monitor air quality for upticks in pollution. These alerts provide an opportunity for direct response, helping identify potential causes of decreased air quality, and promoting preventative action.

Logistics management systems also help reduce air pollution by equipping operators and drivers alike to optimize travel. This technology helps identify the quickest route between point A and point B, reducing not only travel time but fuel consumption and emissions as well.

Reduction of Energy Consumption

Smart energy management systems reduce the energy consumed by lighting and HVAC systems by automatically responding to temperature changes, natural lighting, or unoccupied spaces. Some also provide data for electricity companies to anticipate what will be needed when and where.


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Smart Agriculture

An often overlooked element of sustainability lies within the agricultural sphere. Farming is necessary to provide food, but certain patterns of farming can have a harmful environmental impact. Smart agriculture serves to help farmers increase output by allowing them to monitor and respond to crop and soil conditions, but it also helps inform decisions on where to plant and when.

Waste Management and Prevention

Sensor-enabled dumpsters are currently being used to manage waste by alerting collection companies when the bin is either full or at risk of becoming a health hazard due to temperature or other weather conditions. This helps prevent disease, reduce emissions, and ensure that waste is disposed of properly.

Of course, that doesn’t mean waste shouldn’t be wholly reduced where possible. Asset tracking technology, in particular, can help on multiple fronts. Firstly, it can help companies better keep track of and utilize materials and make it easier to implement recycling practices. Further, asset tracking can be used to reduce in-transit food waste by monitoring temperature conditions with cold-chain monitoring.

How does IoT technology help promote sustainability?

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Jennifer Halstead

Written by Jennifer Halstead

Jennifer Halstead, MBA, CPA brings more than 20 years financial industry experience to Link Labs. She began her career in finance within the pharmaceutical industry and has continued in both public accounting and private companies. She passed the CPA exam with the 3rd highest score in the state and completed her MBA with an accounting concentration (summa cum laude). Jennifer has worked with several software companies and has led multiple venture financing, merger and acquisitions deals. She has helped companies expand internationally and has managed the finance department of a startup to 33 consecutive quarters of growth prior to acquisition. After the acquisition, she served as the Controller of Dell Software Group’s Data Protection Division where she managed a portfolio of multiple hardware and software products to scale and achieve over triple-digit growth worldwide in 18 months. Jennifer brings a depth of finance experience to the Link Labs team.

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