NTT pushes IoT to reduce carbon footprint

  • May 4, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Japanese technology giant NTT has launched IoT services for sustainability, an end-to-end stack to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint through the intelligent use of IoT connectivity.

The aim is for businesses to make data-driven decisions to progress global sustainability initiatives. These offerings include:

  • OCR meter reading: An optical-based meter reader to provide near real-time data from any type of meter including water, electricity and gas. The meter can also be used to read any type of gauge including pressure and temperature.
  • Water leak management: This technology provides real-time, IoT-enabled protection against water damage for smart spaces projects.
  • Predictive maintenance: This collects data from sensors to create models that predict when events of interest might occur, including potential downtime, accidents or when something might need to be replaced.
  • Environmental monitoring: This technology uses sensors to identify the presence of pollutants in the air and water as well as tracking temperature and humidity.

The IoT services for sustainability stack incorporate a secure IT-OT integration and end-to-end support. This helps organisations quickly see the benefits of the technology across the entire business following deployment.

Benefits include energy cost savings, faster reduction in emissions, operational improvements and better work enablement across the organisation. The stack is also supported by NTT’s LoRaWan, and its catalogue of sensors to measure, monitor and collect data to drive sustainability objectives.

“IoT technologies are an essential tool in the global fight against climate change,” said Jeff Merritt, head of urban transformation at the World Economic Forum. “We know what actions are needed to build a more sustainable future and have a robust suite of technologies available to help deliver this impact. As the world looks to accelerate the implementation of these solutions, organisations like NTT will have a critical role to play in helping companies and governments capitalise on this opportunity.”

This announcement follows the appointment of two industry veterans to drive growth and momentum across NTT’s IoT and sustainability initiatives. Wireless industry specialist Devin Yaung has been appointed as senior vice president of group enterprise IoT products and services, bringing over 25 years of technology experience focused on business transformation. Vicky Bullivant has been appointed as senior vice president for group sustainability. Bullivant has 25 years of experience creating and delivering sustainability, social, climate and ESG strategies that underpin commercial objectives in fast-paced and evolving business environments.

“Almost two-thirds (61.4%) of CEOs say they’re aligning business strategies to the UN’s sustainable development goals,” said Yaung. “Yet only two out of five businesses have the solutions needed to meet the organisation’s immediate objectives. Therefore, it is more critical than ever to prioritise and deliver sustainability for our enterprise customers. Our new stack will help organisations reach their sustainability goals and improve operations across their business, whether it is reducing waste from manufacturing defects or understanding the carbon footprint of their supply chain. The use of IoT will empower businesses to make decisions in real time, streamlining processes and transforming the overall sustainability of their business. We’re proud to be announcing this offering at such a critical time, and we look forward to driving change alongside our clients to create a more sustainable future.”

NTT employs more than 50,000 people across 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions.