There is an unexpected realization emerging from companies’ coronavirus response—namely, that changing operations and adapting to new circumstances is not as difficult as many assumed. According to a recent piece in T_HQ, “Even though the pandemic has wreaked havoc across industries, many leaders are also seeing this as an opportunity to press the reset button and build a better world by reducing consumption of fossil fuels and embracing greener solutions.”

And the key to doing this effectively?

In a word, data. Or, more specifically, the combination of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and edge computing to harness data and drive greener supply chains. As the article puts it, “Organizations can maintain machinery energy levels by embedding a real-time sensor that monitors 24/7. These real-time sensors can measure the amount of energy used by machines and adjust its usage based on productivity levels; in the long run, data garnered from sensors can help managers pinpoint factors that impact efficiency and schedule a specific period to cut down production rates when levels go beyond a set limit.”

Through edge computing, companies will realize a host of benefits including reduced latency, less bandwidth demand, and reduced carbon emission as the need for delivering data to the cloud is eliminated. The latter has significant implications not only for addressing climate change, but for cost-savings as well. 

Most importantly, when companies have the ability to apply intelligence at the edge, they are able to be much more proactive in preventing downtime and predicting potential disruptions ahead. From a green perspective, this enables organizations to vastly reduce and, in some cases, eliminate the energy, carbon emissions, and other resources associated with resolving these issues.

For more on the role of edge computing in fostering greener supply chains, check out the T-HQ article here. Intelligence at the edge is something we cover quite a bit at the APEX of Innovation, and you can check out some of our recent pieces here.