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An Overview of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations (UN) agency for information and communication technologies – innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT) will be central to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
IoT as an Enabler
The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as a powerful enabler in many application domains, such as water and energy management, environmental monitoring, health, smart cities, smart industry and supply chain management. IoT has the potential to address some of the most acute human, economic and environmental needs. It can also directly contribute to achieving targets in the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accordingly, the emerging IoT paradigm has the potential to create an efficient, effective and secure ecosystem taking advantage of connected devices for managing the major global challenges faced by current and future generations.
Africa will be “the next big market” due to the rapid growth of emerging economies. The creation of smart cities in Africa will present a number of key challenges, including the supply of energy and the use of renewable sources. The key elements to achieve sustainability in developing countries will be the introduction of smart grids, smart metering, IoT and dissemination of information and communication technology (ICT).
For Governments, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and other investors in Africa, IoT brings transparency and accountability thereby protecting the investment and reducing the risk of their investment being misused. Longer-term objectives such as delivering on SDG is also enabled by IoT.
At Aeris, we are proud to leverage over two decades of IoT experience to help organizations deploy IoT solutions that have a positive and profound impact in the communities where we work and live.
SDG achievements enabled by reliable, secure IoT connectivity provided by Aeris include:
- Monitoring of remote solar-powered water pumps for agricultural purposes
- Enabling healthcare providers to remotely monitor chronic conditions of patients
- Delivery of clean energy to African citizens using solar power
Partnering with Customers To Make The World More Sustainable Through IoT
LORENTZ, the market leader in solar-powered water pumping solutions, required a reliable cellular network partner that could provide an IoT solution with end-to-end oversight and real-time access to data for customers around the globe.
By utilizing Aeris’ Intelligent IoT Network, LORENTZ customers can remotely view the status of their water pumps in real time, make changes to settings, and receive alerts, regardless of device location. For agriculture customers located in extreme environments, LORENTZ solar pumps offer solutions to the challenges of improving production and sustainability while minimizing costs.
The Wisepill electronic pillbox relies on Aeris’ robust Intelligent IoT Network connectivity to tackle the challenging problem of medication non-adherence in both developed and developing countries.
Wisepill is the first digital adherence technology made available by the Global Drug Facility (GDF), an organization dedicated to increasing global access to quality-assured tuberculosis treatments and diagnostics. Through GDF, 9,000 Wisepill smart medication containers, supported by Aeris’ Intelligent IoT Network, have been made available to persons affected by tuberculosis in Ethiopia, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, and Ukraine Other high TB burden countries are expected to follow suite.
Aeris Intelligent IoT Network Supports Bboxx to Deliver Clean Energy to Over One Million People Throughout Africa
The collaboration between Aeris and Bboxx means that Bboxx devices have reliable Intelligent IoT connectivity no matter where in the world they are deployed, allowing products to be remotely monitored and expediting deployment timeframes. Companies like Bboxx operate in the most remote locations, with products purpose-built for off-grid rural environments, require a reliable, secure cellular network that provides consistent connectivity worldwide to enable effortless remote monitoring of energy systems.
Giving Back to Our Communities
Aeris believes that as a successful global company, it is our duty and responsibility to give back and make the world a better place now and for generations to come. With these intentions in mind, Aeris has committed our support to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.