IoT: Implications For Human Nature And The Environment

As Ayyeka’s Business Development Manager, I had the pleasure of representing our company in a recent panel discussion at IDC Herzliya: “Startup Companies in the Environment and Internet of Thing (IoT) Space,” which was moderated by Dr. Oren Zuckerman, Director of the Media Innovation Lab.
The topics of the discussion included: the conflict between human disposition toward intuition and improvisation on the one hand and data and analytics on the other, the magnitude of change that IoT can deliver, and technological solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Below are some takeaways from the panel discussion.

Data collection is the jumping-off point for many of the biggest leaps in technological advancement across sectors such as manufacturing, energy, aerospace, logistics, healthcare or even cartography. For example, the core of transformative technologies like Google Maps and Google Earth is vast quantities of data that is collected, organized and analyzed.

The tension between human nature and data

However, there is still a tension that exists between human nature and data. A plant manager at a centralized water treatment facility can measure the quality of the water that is being pumped into the distribution network. But if you show the same plant manager remote data collected by smart sensors in the distribution network that the water quality is actually quite different from the water that left the centralized facility, the question becomes whether they are willing to trust the data or stand by their intuition that it should not differ. Are you willing to believe the heart rate measurement of your wearable device? By the same token, are you willing to believe the “pulse” (i.e. pressure, flow, quality) of your water infrastructure network?

IoT can bring transformative change to the water and other industrial sectors. Remote data is a pre-requisite for establishing key performance indicators (KPIs), ensuring regulatory compliance and achieving real-time situational awareness of the infrastructure network and environment. Industrial automation can vastly improve environmental, resource and infrastructure management; bring down operational costs; and improve customer experience and satisfaction. However, the effectiveness of industrial automation systems depends on feeding them large volumes of high-quality data. The premise of Ayyeka’s remote monitoring solutions is to streamline and secure the process of brining field data to decision makers, analytics platforms, and SCADA systems that are fundamental to industrial automation.

Data is the key to meeting modern day challenges

The world confronts numerous, inter-connected environmental challenges, chief among them climate change, water scarcity, food security, resource depletion, and ecosystem collapse. There is no “silver bullet” to address these challenges, but devising solutions requires a constant stream of data.

By collecting remote data, one can establish baseline measurements, assess the current status of the system, develop strategies for improved management, establish investment priorities, take action, and measure results. Remote monitoring in conjunction with industrial automation increases the speed of this cycle.

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