Ericsson Connected Environmental Monitoring

Increased efficiency, monetization, innovation… These are some of the benefits of IoT. However, have you ever wondered if IoT can save people’s lives? An increasing population, ageing infrastructure, environmental regulations, the scarcity of natural resources and natural disasters are putting immense pressure on cities’ environmental needs. An estimated 12.6 million people died in 2012 because of living or working in an unhealthy environment – accounting for nearly one in four of total global deaths, according to new estimates made by WHO.

Environment pollution impacts the cities in many ways. The challenges which pollution pose today -

  • Poor citizens health and reduced productivity. ($225B lost labor cost in 2013)
  • Increased premature death (3 million premature deaths in 2012 as per WHO)
  • Negatively affected tourism & investment

We at Ericsson believe that IoT is no more about technology demonstrations, but about solving real problems. Connected Environmental Monitoring is an IoT Accelerator based offering which is built on the above premises. It is an end to end device agnostic offering aimed to provide insights to solve environmental issues faced today in cities. The purpose of this offering is to provide holistic environmental monitoring solution (air, water & noise) for better decision making, cost saving and developing proactive pollution control strategies. The overall concept of knowing the environment in real time and taking immediate action to contain the risk, is both appealing and useful to city planners and local government departments. It is also one of the massive IoT use cases where 5G can play a very significant role.

Key functionality

Connected Environmental Monitoring is an off the shelf industry offering which allows cities to monitor real time environmental data using Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform.

Following are the key feature offered:

  1. Device Identification & Verification: The offering facilitates in identifying device vendor from a different part of the world and onboard those on IoT Accelerator platform.
  2. Dashboard:  This component provides an overview of the all the devices deployed and their status. It also gives a possibility to track device data at a different frequency (daily, weekly, monthly) for better analysis. The dashboard also gives the ability to compare locations, parameters against each other.
  3. Mobile App: This component is developed for citizen engagement in environmental monitoring. The objective of this component is to give an indicative view of pollution to the citizen and encourage them to share real time data.
  4. Push Notifications: This component offers an ability to set thresholds for individual parameters and receive notifications when the threshold is reached.

Example of use cases include:

Proactive administration – Cities lack real time environmental data and hence insights on a different part of cities ongoing activities for example new construction sites, public events etc. Real time an environmental monitoring can help cities to track this data and take proactive measures to address the future pain points.

Penalize Defaulters – Cities that have factories always keep struggling to set a guideline on permissible pollutants. With environmental monitoring solution, cities can monitor the different pollutants near the pollutant factories/industry etc. and hence have data points to penalize defaulters.

Automatic Correction – Environmental monitoring can be used in a dangerous environment where the pollutant can destroy lives. This data can be used to do initiate automatic correction by automatically opening ventilators, adding cleaning agents etc.

Monetize Data – Environmental data is precious. This data can be used by budding entrepreneurs and industrialist for different business opportunities. Cities can sell this data to these enterprises for innovative solutions & products.