Top 5 posts about Utilities & Sustainability

Published by Telefónica IoT Team Energy

Many countries are stretching out the final weeks of the summer period in the Northern Hemisphere. In weeks like these it is a good idea to recap and dedicate some time to reread (or maybe discover) interesting pieces which we have compiled by Industry into three different posts: one dealing with Industrial m2m Solutions, a second instalment dealing with Connected Cars and this final one that compiles posts covering Utilities and Sustainability.

The third instalment in the series of Top 5 Posts that cover different areas of the IoT/m2m deals with Utilities & Sustainability, or how to generate the necessary resources and making them available without harming the environment. The success of this Third Industrial Revolution lies in finding means to provide Smart Cities with the resources produced using m2m technology and IoT devices without tampering the environment, this is, in a sustainable manner.

Each region in the planet poses different challenges due to the disparity in available resources: access to water resources, for example, differs greatly from colder countries to warmer ones. In urban areas a successful approach requires seeking a balance that enables securing resource availability without over polluting, whereas the struggle in areas with disperse population is creating the infrastructures where needed and interconnect them appropriately.

Graham Trickey from the GSMA provided some very useful advice on how to use m2m to boost the economy and social wellbeing in Europe by several means, for instance, integrating technology in homes, offices and factories to solve security and energy efficiency issues. Remote management and monitoring can serve several purposes: help reduce costs, prevent power cuts and improve security. Tadeu Takeshi detailed the different set of challenges that Brazil, one of the world biggest m2m markets and a first class economic powerhouse, had to be overcome,. Ensuring power generation and creating solid business cases that adapt to consumer habits such as pre-payment Smart Metering solutions require a combined approach.

Readers can also find other related contributions to the blog such the challenges for Utility Companies in Latin America or solar generation PAYG (pay-as-you-go) models successfully deployed in remote regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.

In the field of water resources there is very recommendable post by Ladislao Aceituno on Smart Water which gives readers a holistic overview of the full smart water management cycle.

We cannot end this review of interesting m2m posts without mentioning Emilio Martínez’s piece on Smart Meter Management and the invisible yet crucial communication layer that connects Smart Meters to the grid. Without leaving Smart Meters our final recommendation is an infographic about the largest and most ambitious m2m project to the date, the SMIP for the Central and Southern Regions of Great Britain.

With such a short list of posts compiled we are sure that reading them has sparked your interest in learning more about these and other topics related to Utilities & Sustainability. You can find a full list of related m2m posts in this link.

Read our previous instalments:

Top 5 Blog Posts about Industrial m2m/IoT

Top 5 Blog Posts about Connected Cars

Telefónica IoT Team