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Circular Wonderings is an exploration of the role of digital, software and technology in the Circular Economy. Exploration is the key word here. I write regularly, reflecting on my current thoughts and research. Expect typos, incomplete thoughts, varied rambling topics and (hopefully) a journey towards clearer understanding and insight. Subscribe here to join my journey.

Circular IoT

Software for the circular economy is, by definition, concerned with tracking physical materials and objects as they move through space and time.

One of the major challenges, therefore, is the transfer of understanding of the physical to our software.

This is usually combined with the need for scale and speed (at which the linear economy excels) that is considered a requirement in the modern world.

An obvious conclusion is to think in terms of the Internet of Things (IoT). Check out this recent Technative article [1] for a nice introduction to the role if IoT in the Circular Economy.

The potential is huge, a seamless flow of data from the physical world enables tracking, modelling (digital twins), new business models and more.

However, IoT does not equal Circular. Nor does Circular require IoT. IoT comes with it's own cost, including use of materials and energy. Dumb 'IoT', such as QR codes, also have their place.

The myriad IoT technologies are tools and, like software, are having massive affect and have even more awesome potential.

But any tool must be used correctly.

 


[1]: https://technative.io/iot-and-the-circular-economy/