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In 2015, the United Nations established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which make up a systematic global framework to end poverty and protect our planet by 2030.

Considering UN SDG in your business can help countries meet their UN targets. In addition, Internet of Things (IoT) technology contributes to the improvement of citizens’ quality of life and companies’ competitiveness.

IoT and Smart solutions can help our infrastructure systems reduce costs, become more efficient, become more accountable and become more environmentally friendly.

Goal 9 and Goal 11 are the two goals to focus on primarily for IoT and Smart Cities.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

In terms of communications infrastructure, more than half of the world’s population is now online. Moreover, almost the entire world population lives in an area covered by a mobile network. In 2018, 96 per cent of the world’s population lived within reach of a mobile-cellular signal, and 90 per cent of people could access the Internet through a third-generation (3G) or higher-quality network.

This broad internet network can foster innovation in IoT; this IoT technology can integrate into itus’ Smart Cities platform. This use of the Internet can also provide near real-time updates on infrastructure, making it more resilient.

The success of target 9.1 of developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure is indicated by the rural population who live within 2 km of an all-season road. There are layers of challenge in this, including identifying the states of the roads. Using technology like itus reduces the levels of complexity with infrastructure to focus primarily on the population.

Target 9.4 aims by 2030, all countries will upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes. Predictive and preventative maintenance will increase the resilience of infrastructure by repairing damage before it becomes irreparable. Providing technology to monitor this damage allows all countries to take action in accordance with their respective capabilities.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth—contributing about 60 per cent of global GDP, 60-80 per cent of energy consumption and 75 per cent of carbon emissions. They are growing faster than ever and need to be planned in an efficient and locally centric way.

Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today, and 5 billion people are projected to live in cities by 2030. Rapid urbanisation exerts pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health.

Building these cities needs to see integrated policies and plans towards resource efficiency, where building Smart Cities can be the best solution.

As of March 2021, 156 countries have developed national urban policies, with almost half already in the implementation stage. A further breakdown shows that 38% of the countries are in the early stages of developing their plans, while 13% monitor and evaluate how well they are functioning.

Through the urban planning of a Smart City and choosing to act sustainably, we build cities where all citizens live a decent quality of life and form a part of the city’s productive dynamic. This dynamic creates shared prosperity and social stability without harming the environment. This innovation will see a reduction in slums, tangled traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and sprawling suburbs worldwide.

itus democratises IoT by supporting data collection from many different types of machines and sensors in a format that gives everyone the power to optimise and customise the integration service.

The takeaway of IoT is that it connects the physical world to the Internet. As a result, some cities are growing exponentially and will benefit from best practices and IoT integration.

Technology

Technologies that help us reach these SGD goals will improve future generations’ lives while providing positive commercial and economic growth in the private sector. Individually working toward the Sustainable Development Goals broadens the collective impact. itus aims to employ Artificial Intelligence and IoT to meet the SDGs within its allotted time frame. Thus, we provide a global solution to global problems.

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