June 01, 2018
It could be argued that technology can be a distraction from the world around us. As so many of us are becoming more and more reliant on our phones and are engulfed in the world of Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook, we seem to be reverting away gradually from real world problems.
However experts in the field are determined to use technology for the greater good. Whether that means inventing a device to help save lives, or creating an automated process to help conserve the world we live in.
Internet of Things, or IoT as you may know it has made such an impact across various industries including the world of IT. Used in all sorts of handy ways it can help make our lives more convenient. However recently industry experts have been pushing the technology to new heights, and a more recent project had used IoT to help the Great Barrier Reef. IoT is being used in a way that can teach us more about the reef and, hopefully, give us a better idea of how to protect it.
To get a more accurate view of what’s happening in the reef, sensors have been spread across thirty different areas. The types of things the sensors are keeping a look out for include the reef’s nutrients as well as the contaminants affecting the area.
Clearly the people who have the power to make these changes for the better agree that this is a worthy cause. A total of $827,000 has been given to fund the project with the Regional County Deputy Mayor stating “protection of environment is top priority.” Further to that Professor Chris Cocklin clarified that the program combines “both local knowledge and revolutionary expertise to the scheme” so the people researching are sure to use the technology in the most appropriate way they can.
With all the damage done to the reef already, it’s very encouraging to see the impressive feats of modern day technology, being used to help a cause as underrated as the environment.