Internet of Things: Sustainable Qatar Formation

De Mahday Saad al-Hebabi / Doha

Sustainability has recently been a high-profile and important topic of discussion, with most businesses and governments asking the question: how can we reduce the impact of our operations on the planet? Increasingly, the answer lies in next-generation technologies, with the Internet of Things (IoT) at the forefront of driving this change.

What is IoT?
In short, the IoT is the network of connected objects that can collect and exchange data through sensors. This data is communicated in real time to other devices or systems, via the Internet, creating self-regulatory systems or giving us the tools necessary to control these vast networks of devices.
Everyday things like thermostats, lighting, electricity and water supply, cars and many more can now be connected to the IoT. As a result, the number of connected devices continues to grow exponentially: by 2020 there were 8.74 billion of them, according to Statista, while Cisco predicts that there will be 500 billion devices connected to the IoT by 2030. One of the most significant benefits of using the IoT is that, through data analysis, it can help improve the environmental footprint of an organization, city, event, or project.

Data-driven smart cities
Intelligent energy monitoring is one of the most effective ways that IoT can positively affect a city. By managing the production and consumption of energy, cities can become greener and more efficient, for example by reducing production during periods of low demand. The IoT can also monitor other key metrics such as air pollution levels, water management, waste management and other environmental aspects.
Qatar has already successfully implemented IoT networks across many sectors including education, retail and transportation, all of which have proven to support sustainability-based efforts. A prime example of this is its smart city project in Msheireb Downtown, where urban operations – from traffic control to utilities, and even residential buildings – run on IoT systems like Vodafone’s.

National initiatives
Smart cities like this, thanks in large part to IoT, will take Qatar’s sustainability to the next level by reducing resource overuse in the long run. They will also help identify further changes that can be implemented in the future and in partnership with the local community, for the benefit of all. On a larger scale, they can support the national drive to reduce emissions, in line with the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030.
The implementation of IoT projects can also impact businesses in many positive ways, for example by improving logistics and optimizing supply and production processes. This not only changes the way the individual business works by increasing quality and productivity, but also fosters broader initiatives across Qatar, such as waste management. A remarkable example of IoT used on a national scale can be seen by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), which has installed more than 600,000 smart meters across the country as part of work to digitize Qatari utilities.
In partnership with Vodafone Qatar and powered by its Managed IoT Connectivity Platform, these devices will equip users with the real-time data they need to manage their power consumption for maximum efficiency and sustainability.
IoT in the sustainable future of Qatar
Vodafone is at the forefront of raising awareness of the importance of increased sustainability in Qatar, and is firmly committed to supporting sustainability issues with its range of solutions, green partnerships and initiatives is ample proof of this.
We aim to continue to use connectivity to create a better future by nurturing an inclusive and sustainable digital society across the business sector. Vodafone believes in the role IoT will play in the sustainable future of Qatar and that together, we can make a significant difference in accepting the opportunities presented by technologies to help us reduce our environmental impact.

To learn more about IoT and Vodafone smart solutions, visit: https://www.vodafone.qa/en/business/services/iot/internet-of-things

The author is Enterprise Business Unit Director, Vodafone Qatar

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