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The Internet of Things Will Boost Sustainability in Manufacturing and Industrial Firms

The Internet of Things Will Boost Sustainability in Manufacturing and Industrial Firms | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The Carbon War Room report asserts that “across many industries M2M technologies will reduce the amount of energy or fuel required to get the job done, lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without constricting production, consumption or economic growth.” 

 

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) agrees with Carbon War Room that ICT-enabled solutions could save 9.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) yearly by 2020.

 

GeSI estimates that automation of manufacturing plants could reduce GHG emissions by 0.72 GtCO2e. This would involve decreasing the use of human labor and increasing the use of machines controlled by M2M and related technologies. Such systems will be able to monitor and control equipment to reduce and optimize energy usage, and can even be used in maintenance and upkeep.

 

The group estimates that variable-speed motor systems can abate 0.53 GtCO2e globally, with particular focus on developing economies such as China. “Motor systems,” the report points out, “are at the heart of the industrial activity and consume the majority of electricity used by manufacturers worldwide.” Traditional motor systems operate at a continuous rate, even if the load varies. This creates inefficiencies that could be mitigated with technologies that sense a motor’s strain and adjust its speed dynamically. Such technologies will also provide a data stream that can give managers more information and control over use of energy in their operations.

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The Internet of Things: chipped, scanned and monitored | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The Internet of Things: chipped, scanned and monitored | Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Web of Things | Scoop.it

China, Japan and the European Union all invest about €1 billion a year in the Internet of Things; it is not known how much the US spends but the country also tags, scans and monitors goods and services. "The question of whether this is a desirable development or not is no longer relevant, the technology is there and we're using it," says IT specialist Arjan Geurts of Twynstra Gudde Advice Bureau.

 

The technical problems have been solved; an RFID or Radio Frequency Identification tag costs just five cents and wireless internet is in the ascendancy. The amount of information being sent is relatively small, which means there is very little chance of overloading the internet connection. Geurts: "the advent of the smartphone is the motor driving technological developments."

 

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Asia is in the vanguard when it comes to the Internet of Things. Van 't Hof: "Chinese and Japanese users have integrated the technology very harmoniously. When China introduced electronic licence plates in order to monitor and regulate traffic, the authorities feared it would lead to riots as the technology could be used to restrict freedom of movement. However, there were no protests once the advantages of the system were explained and assurances about data accumulation were given. Transparency was the key."

 

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The privacy issues don't worry companies very much, but security is very much an issue. Jaap-Henk Hoepman, a computer security and privacy expert attached to Radboud University in Nijmegen, says, "If something goes wrong, the damage is enormous. A company could be stuck with an entire shipment of perishable goods if the tracking system goes down or could be hit by digital industrial espionage."

 

"But that's no reason not to go ahead. We have to be aware of the risks. About 90 percent of the applications for this technology haven't even been thought of yet. And there will certainly be ways to use the technology that will make us wonder how we ever survived without them."

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China starts to build core network system of Internet of Things

... In addition to the food and medicine safety data platform, other first-class special platforms of the core network of the "Internet of Things" include platforms of the environmental protection, water conservancy, electric power, shipping, logistics, education, production safety monitoring, civil administration of the community, intelligent city, vehicle network, industrial equipment operation monitoring, digital television and smart household appliances.

 

via - People's Daily Online

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China eyes next-generation internet

China eyes next-generation internet | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Chinese companies are also encouraged to develop new technologies on the new IPv6 network, such as cloud computing, Internet of Things - uniquely identifiable objects (things) and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure - and Three Network Convergence - an initiative that hopes to integrate telecommunications, TV and radio, and the Internet in the world's most populous country."

 

"The government will try out the system on a small scale by the end of 2013 before expanding it in 2014 and 2015."

 

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The Internet of Things in China -- Beijing Review

The Internet of Things in China -- Beijing Review | Web of Things | Scoop.it
China began developing a network to allow wireless devices to communicate, or "talk," with each other as early as 1999 under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). At the time, the concept was known simply as a "sensor network."
At the UN World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunis in 2005, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) officially introduced the concept of the Internet of Things, which has also been adopted by China.
Today, China's progress in smart technology development far exceeds the scope the ITU defined in 2005.
"Unlike its involvement in the computer and Internet industries, China will have an international say when it comes to this field of the Internet of Things," said Liu Haitao, Director of the CAS Wuxi Institute of the Internet of Things.
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China's Waterways Now RFID-Enabled

China's Waterways Now RFID-Enabled | Web of Things | Scoop.it
China's inland and maritime rivers and canals are now part of the Internet of Things. The Chinese maritime authority has outfitted cargo and passenger ships with RFID chips and has placed RFID readers at strategic locations.
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China: Why Internet of Things awareness should be on your corporate due diligence agenda

China: Why Internet of Things awareness should be on your corporate due diligence agenda | Web of Things | Scoop.it

One factor alone - China - should be making western political and business leaders wake up, sit up, take notice and put the “Internet of Things” firmly into all their political and corporate business planning cycles.


The outgoing Chinese Politburo certainly recognised the transformative impact of billions of cheap, small, very smart, intercommunicating sensor devices - the miniature building blocks of the Internet of Things.


This is about the capability of every object to have a unique identifier (URL) using chip, sensor and communications technology to intercommunicate with its environment, other objects and living things (including humans) - and also to make autonomous decisions. This'll be hugely disruptive to us all.


The technology embracing Chinese government is now three years into building its Internet of Things programme which last year it reckoned to grow annually at 30% to become a £48bn market within China by 2013..


Dr John Riley is passionate about improving the innovation process, having first hand experience of large enterprises, small business, academia, and government.  More...

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Dooming scenario

Dooming scenario | Web of Things | Scoop.it

In another scenario, where we can recognize a seamless network “of things” (Rob Van Kranenbrug, Internet of Things) – of cars, of cities, of washing machines communicating – the idea is to leave this network open, and not enclosed in the hands of one middleman, one government, or one or two states (and Moglen will use examples of USA and China), that can choose to act in their un-wisdom. Moglen argues, in a dooming scenario where big data is collected about each citizen, that “we need to reposses the web away from the man in the middle.” Otherwise, our memories will become inferior to this “big data” because what is collected will not be forgotten. “Media consumes us”, he concludes, “watching us watching it,” and the freedom of thought may be lost forever if there wasn't anyone left running free software, securing free (un-surveilled) media, leaving the seamless network – open.

 

In my view, the central question was revolving around the ways of securing our own autonomy[...]

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On the Internet of Things: IBM Tracks Your Pork From Farm to Fork. Starting with China

On the Internet of Things: IBM Tracks Your Pork From Farm to Fork. Starting with China | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"IBM has set out to prove it can revolutionize the food industry with data, starting with China. Six industrial slaughterhouses and 100 markets in Shandong Province are part of a large scale test in tracking pork from farm to customer. Pigs are marked with ear tags containing unique barcodes, those same barcodes appear on the bins that carry their meat during processing, and on the packages for the pork placed in stores. In the near term, IBM hopes that knowing the history of every piece of meat will enable fast and super accurate recalls in case of contamination. Eventually, this kind of comprehensive tracking could help farmers keep pigs healthier, improve the quality of meat after it is cut, and even place a picture on the store package of the exact pig made into that pork product. Knowledge is power in this new take on the supply chain."

 

via Singularity Hub

 

@ddrrnt - maybe China and the rest of us should quit eating pork.   

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Sensory Cities in China

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s proposal of the “Sensing China” strategy in August 2009 has triggered the development of “sensory cities” around the country. Along with the development of new-generation information technologies including the Internet of things and cloud computing, the development of sensory cities also focuses on the application of new technologies in key fields including urban management, environmental protection, health care and urban traffic.

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Book review – Internet of Things – Global Technological and Societal Trends Smart Environments and Spaces to Green

Book review – Internet of Things – Global Technological and Societal Trends Smart Environments and Spaces to Green | Web of Things | Scoop.it
This book is an excellent reference book and its core strength lies in providing a ‘on ramp’ for IOT and in multiple perspectives. IOT is complex and will develop differently in various geographies (for example China and EU). Each topic can be explored in detail but its nice to have a quick starting point for sectors(anyone who has seen IOT FP7 projects will agree that there is often too much documentation – rather than too little!)
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