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A few weeks back, we shared a story on how Internet of Things (IoT) is being used to salvage the food wastage epidemic plaguing the entire planet (Read Here). But did you know, IoT can also be used to help save air and water, two of the most important elements that people on Earth need for survival.

According to experts, even though Air and Water are two of the most important elements needed for human survival but they’re also two of the most neglected elements by the human population. As long as we’re getting a continuous supply, we really do not care about the quality we’re consuming and quantity left for future consumption. This in itself is an alarming frame of thought.

This negligence is the reason that every year, millions of people lose their lives to diseases caused by air pollution and water contamination. The world’s air and water challenges are growing by every second of the day and there’s an urgent need to address them if we need longevity of human life on Planet Earth.

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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which is mainly known for helping organisations monitor industrial assets can prove to be a great asset when it comes to performing environmental monitoring.

Experts claim that robust IIoT technologies can effectively help in air and water monitoring if done through via proven-in-the-field sensors and technology, like adaptable power sources, and industry-standard sensor protocols and languages (RS-232, 4-20mA, 0-10V). For example, the IIoT can be powered by 110- or 220-volt standard mains power to monitor air and water for human safety.

IIoT technologies makes organisations situationally aware to encourage better productivity. For example, if they’re getting into the danger zone of a hydrogen sulfide or an industrial refinery leak in an area, Or is the danger zone coming to a particular community in the form of flash floods. This not only helps the organisations but it also helps protect the safety and health of human beings since IIoT connectivity options are extremely flexible in nature. All an organisation has got to do is select an appropriate Internet cloud gateway connectivity for a particular deployment.

Nowadays, the options of power and Internet connectivity have become plenty, which has resulted in making remote monitoring of air and water easier than ever. Hence, one no longer has to risk human lives or waste precious time in driving for hours to the field to measure pressure transducer level sensors, water wells and flow meters logging data on water usage.

IIoT Web-based dashboards give organisations the power to gain instantaneous data from any part of the world right from the comfort of their smartphones, laptops and tablets. This helps them in getting quick alerts in a scenario when an automatic response has to be generated if an environmental sensor threshold is crossed. For instance, urgent inspection requests can be sent to help fix any issues or problem that may arise in real-time.

It is high time that the mankind starts releasing their duty towards planet Earth and lay extra focus on the air and water challenge that is becoming more critical each second. Monitoring air and water can prove to be a great first step in this mission and IIoT has a crucial role to play in the whole scenario.

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