IoT and Sustainability Help Reshape the Workplace

March 29

The future of business will be built on IoT and sustainability. Those who embrace this dynamic will have an edge over skeptics who resist change. IoT sensors will spread throughout the workplace to measure processes, generating valuable real-time data for decision-makers to analyze. Here's a look at why enterprises are steadily embracing IoT and going more green.

Power of IoT for Business

IoT technology is at the foundation of Industry 4.0, which is the name for the next wave of industrial, commercial, and infrastructure technology that includes AI, automation, and self-correcting features. It's a digital transformation toward a more data-driven approach in real-time with the ability to monitor and adjust operational processes on the fly. Sensors and machine learning software will help gather data that can pinpoint system weaknesses and provide instant recommendations for solutions.

IoT sensors will make businesses more efficient in terms of cutting waste and deciding which parts of the operation would be better automated. Business continuity will be more predictable, while the customer experience will become more seamless.

Toward a Sustainable Business Community

Sustainability is a set of goals to achieve efficiency, reduce waste, and develop more environmentally-friendly solutions. Consumers and investors increasingly have an interest in companies going green in the wake of climate change. Now IoT sensors can monitor indoor pollutants and alert building officials to help prevent illness. Adopting IoT and sustainability goals will help companies streamline operations and evolve with greater efficiency than last century's corporate giants.

How IoT and Sustainable Solutions Improve a Business

The keys to business success in the future will be what they've always been, except decision making will be based on more accurate and timely data. Here are some of the ways IoT devices and analytics can help an enterprise become more eco-friendly:

  • Track Pollution Data - Indoor air pollution can cause health problems, and IoT sensors can help facilitate quicker response times to protect worker safety. Additionally,  since about a third of greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere comes from industrial plants, it's crucial for these operations to use IoT data for alerts and to regulate the amount of toxins they are releasing into the environment.
  • Manage Resources More Effectively - Reducing the amount of wasted production materials and water can help cut costs and protect the planet. The key is using IoT data to detect vulnerabilities in the system and determine more sustainable methods to reduce the firm's carbon footprint. Going paperless will also contribute to greener operations.
  • Check Energy Consumption in Real-Time - IoT sensors track energy as it's consumed, so management can make quick decisions to keep costs from going out of control. The data can identify peak periods for production, in which renewables can play a role as supplemental energy.
  • Streamline the Supply System - Product and manufacturing data can be shared throughout the supply chain in real-time, which helps each supplier manage inventory more seamlessly. Monitoring a product's movement throughout the shipping process gives stakeholders access to its current location and condition. Careful tracking increases transparency and cuts down on lost or stolen products within the supply chain.


Embracing IoT and sustainability is crucial for today's businesses that plan to remain viable and competitive. Companies are realizing how IoT technology can upgrade their operations to be more profitable and eco-friendly. Sustainability isn't just a fad, it's the new blueprint for business survival. The combination of investing in IoT and establishing policies that promote sustainability will make a company stronger from the perspective of governments, investors, and consumers.

Johannes Beekman

About the author

After 25 years in engineering, Johannes Beekman founded IoT Marketing with the goal of helping companies bring wide-scale awareness to their inventions. He received a Master of Science in Physics degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and started his career in the semiconductor field. Johannes pioneered two successful wafer fab startups for Philips Electronics; one in Europe and the second one in Asia. And served as Senior Program Manager for Sematech, where he provided solutions for semiconductor industry-wide product improvement and cost reduction challenges. Johannes has also published articles on several trade-focused websites.


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