What is the Internet of Nature?
Internet of Nature means taking nature online. How can that be done? Through the implementation of technologies like sensors, measurements (e.g. soil, air, humidity, substances, plants, location, orientation etc), digital management technology, algorithms and dashboards.
Due to sensors that are placed in natural areas, natural ecosystems can be described and digitally represented allowing for their monitoring and for proactive intervention to safeguard their health! Greenery is managed more efficiently and effectively, leading to the maximisation of the benefits it offers. Climate change and urbanisation consequences which are more evident day by day in our living city environments can be more successfully dealt with through ecosystem intelligence. Natural ecosystems can be monitored enabling for their restoration. But the knowledge insights the Internet of Nature can provide come with even bigger promises and opportunities for organisations owning land!
With digitisation of the green spaces you can measure the carbon dioxide the implemented greenery captures, and issue carbon offset certificates. Subsequently, you can sell these on the carbon credit market and either reduce or cover the costs for maintenance and operational management of green spaces or in some cases even profit from implementing greenery, reforesting or regenerating deteriorated land! Cities or other land owners can financially self-fund or even profit from sustainable initiatives in their territory. Depending on your reforestation and regeneration ambitions, you might even be able to turn it into a business model that generates revenue. Why not (re)green?
What are the benefits for the city?
- Biodiversity, higher quality of air and sound levels
- Nature restoration and stabilisation of natural ecosystems
- More pleasant and healthy, sustainable urban living environment
- Smart building and green-grey infrastructure integration for energy savings and building performance
- Economic power of carbon offsets: economically self-sustained or even profitable natural spaces for the city
- Incentive for private landowners to reforest or green their lands and derive income from selling carbon offset certificates
- Directly contributes to the climate neutral city goals
What are the steps you need to take?
Essentially, it’s one: getting in touch with the Digital Toolbox!
Depending on the land you own, your existing infrastructure, and (re)greening ambitions we can come up with a solution that fits your organisation and current goals. All you need to do is define the specific purpose and use case you want to use Internet of Nature for, as well as the area. The Digital Toolbox is then here to help you with procuring your need, finding the right suppliers and integrating the solution; all in a seamless way!
More info on the process here.
The Digital Toolbox is the portal to Next Generation Solutions (NGSs): the future of technology in the city made simple and easy. Our company, Serendipity develops NGSs with ecosystem partners from industry and academia in order to create future proof solutions to address the challenges of (local) governments, campuses and other organisations. Future proof solutions provide the ability to change, expand, or remove parts of the system in order to adapt to changing needs and circumstances. In that way vendor lock-ins are prevented and the costs for software will stay low over time!