A new report shows that global greenhouse emissions could be reduced by 9 billion tons – almost a fifth – over the coming decade thanks to the widespread adoption of a massive machine-to-machine network dubbed the “Internet of Things”. The report by nonprofit companies Carbon War Room and AT&T predicts an annual growth of machine-to-machine technologies of 23 percent over the next seven years, which could result in huge carbon savings due to increased efficiency.

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The report is entitled “Machine-to-Machine Technologies: Unlocking the Potential of a $1 Trillion Industry.” Its authors predict that the technology could save 2 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2020, while its applications in transportation and the operation of buildings and farms could slash greenhouse emissions by 7.1 billion tons. The Internet of Things currently consists of 108 million wireless connected devices and sensors, and that figure is expected to grow by 23 percent by 2020, according to the report.

The combination of physical infrastructure and wireless technologies could improve the way power is transmitted and distributed, affecting sectors such as transportation, agriculture and the built environment. A combination of applications and hardware could provide a strong foundation for establishing smart grid systems, optimizing heating and cooling techniques in buildings, creating agricultural sensors that improve the use of water and fertilizers, and various smart transport technologies.

Via Fast Company

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