31 October 2023
3 minutes de lecture
By 2030, 25 billion objects will be equipped with sensors. Linked to communication networks, these connected devices can exchange, store and process data in real time. Increasingly powerful, they can also measure, give instructions and help us make decisions.
But to what extent are they also suitable to provide answers to the ecological challenges of our time?
In the industry, and particularly in the electronics sector, connected devices are mainly used to measure and optimize production.
Every steps of the value chain are interconnected and increasingly linked by IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things): from R&D to production, purchasing, transport, distribution, recycling, use and energy consumption.
Data generated by sensors embedded in machines and electronic parts can both enhance quality control and improve resource management. They can also help streamline the supply chain, enhance predictive maintenance and optimize the energy efficiency of industrial processes.
Today, we live in a world of connectivity, where digital is at the heart of everything. […]
Data is the fuel of this paradigm shift. »
New technologies process billions of data collected by connected devices – over 800 million user devices in France by 2020 – through increasingly powerful algorithms. The data generated by these augmented intelligences opens up multiple fields of use at all levels, such as infrastructures remote control and monitoring.
According to estimates by consulting firm Bearing Point in its latest publication “IoT at the service of the planet”, connected devices represent an estimated market of $1,346 billion in 2026, compared to $190 billion in 2018 and $740 billion in 2021.
However, according to a forecast by ADEME and ARCEP released in early 2023, the exponential increase in the number of connected devices could triple the digital industry’s carbon footprint.
Well aware of how this would impact climate, manufacturers are stepping up their efforts to manufacture “useful” products in a more efficiently way by optimizing the resources :
No more technology than is needed, no more materials or energy than is necessary,
that’s the concept of “appopriate technology” that we hold dear.»
ADEME’s “Transition(s) 2050” study has drawn up 4 possible scenarios to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Two of them focus on reducing our GHG emissions through better demand management. The other two scenarios rely more on new technologies to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment.
There is a strong paradigm shift between the first scenario, called “frugal generation“, and the last one, called “reparative bet“. At LACROIX, our position tends more towards scenarios 2 and 3 (“territorial cooperation” and “green technologies“) to develop collaborative and innovative solutions to societal and environmental challenges.
We support the reindustrialization and local supply chains. We believe in the importance of the circular economy and sustainable technologies to contribute to the common good.
We believe that technology – and connected devices in particular – can play an important role in the environmental transition, provided that their design and final use are well thought-out and beneficial to all.
We are convinced that it is possible to use digital solutions to serve a large number of societal causes more effectively, transform our production methods and reduce the carbon footprint of all sectors of activity.
In its latest report, the IPCC states that “digital technologies can contribute to climate change mitigation & the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and that “sensors, the Internet of Things, robotics & artificial intelligence can improve energy management in all sectors, increase energy efficiency and promote the adoption of many low-emission technologies“. This call from scientists is in line with our vision of useful technology to participate in the common good and build a more responsible future.
Like the IPCC, we are convinced that technology has an essential role to play in the ecological transition, but only if it can demonstrate its usefulness and if it is eco-designed.”»
According to the Accenture Strategy and GeSI report “#SMARTer2030”, these technologies could reduce Co2 emissions by 20% overall. Wireless sensors enables objects to be measured and controlled remotely. In this way, previously unconnected installations can be managed remotely, avoiding the need for teams to travel to the site to carry out their work.
Real-time monitoring and control of certain infrastructures such as public lighting, for example, can reduce waste in towns and cities, saving energy while improving the quality of life for users.
The usual opposition between economic imperatives on the one hand, and environmental challenges on the other, is an outdated vision: high-performance, sustainable digital solutions meet both challenges simultaneously.
The current challenge for industrial IoT suppliers is to address only theneeds low-tech solutions cannot satisfy. The aim is to focus on essential solutions for specific uses. These products must help save more carbon and energy than it takes to manufacture and operate them.
LACROIX work is to transform cities by adding connected devices to water and energy infrastructures and improve people quality of life. For example, by relying on the power of artificial intelligence, sensors can collect, monitor and analyze data in real time, to guarantee the quality and distribution of drinking water and detect leaks to optimize consumption and ensure more efficient management.
Environment and City activites design and manufacture connected electronic equipment and industrial IoT dedicated to reduce energy and water consumption and optimize flows in urban spaces. Here are two examples of how our experts have solved urban issues:
The energy revolution relies on data, because thanks to data that we can manage energy consumption in a reasoned, controlled and sustainable way.»
LACROIX plays an active role in accelerating the energy transition of industrial companies and the development of more sustainable cities. Always at the service of environmental issues and user needs, our expertise contributes to our customers’ systems performance, thanks to optimal energy efficiency and more responsible consumption of resources.
At LACROIX, we believe that technology should contribute to simple, sustainable and safer environments. We design and manufacture technologies that are useful for the environment and society, to reduce water and energy consumption and cut production costs. The ability of our technologies to make infrastructures more efficient and sustainable, and to strengthen the resilience of our territory, proves that they are already taking part in today’s societal challenges.