Environmental change: 6 technological trends

What are the major technological trends for initiating or continuing the environmental and digital transformation? Neumium 6 explores the “must have” as many of the major levers in conversion.

Artificial intelligence

According to Giles Babinet, vice-president of the National Digital Council, artificial intelligence is intended to be developed as a facilitator of ecological change. “Green Digital” enables proficiency across production systems.

Officials believe that artificial intelligence can reduce emissions in the supply chain by accurately estimating supply and demand, optimizing transport routes and storage, and identifying the lowest carbon products. This is to optimize their emissions in the distribution, agriculture or service sectors.

When purchasing, algorithms can consider externalities such as cost, lead time, critique of this lead time, and product carbon footprint … In short, the process can weigh many different flows to optimize technology.

For Jack St. Mary, Deputy Scientific Director of Inria, ” Large scale measurements and available data make it possible to capture and measure many phenomena which are difficult to access by conventional models. Data contains information that often complements mechanical, physical, and mathematical modeling as it opens up new original approaches to prediction and optimization on other scales.. A

Thus, optimization of large power systems uses artificial intelligence which makes it possible, for example, to reduce breakdown problems in solar farms. This enables you to forecast sunlight for the next 5 minutes or the next day. Thanks to this sustainable optimization, the overall production of renewable energy has been maximized.

Ecodesign and eco responsibility by design

The international standard ISO 14062 defines Ecodesign as the integration of the environment from the design of a product or service and at all stages of its life cycle. The methodology can be extended to the design of a product or service in the logic of sustainable development. It is then locally integrated into elements limited by nature.

For its part, eco-responsibility is a relatively general term used to classify a variety of actions aimed at limiting the impact on the environment of companies’ day-to-day activities. To limit footprint, it is up to each entity to establish a new management of its assets or restructure the work of its employees. An area where awareness or so-called “nose” strategies can take their place in environmental change.

Edge Computing and IoT

Edge computing represents infrastructural tools that create links between the cloud and end users. This argument sometimes responds to the need to facilitate access to remote data from the user. The technology therefore improves the speed of transfer, especially real-time data streams (audio, video, etc.).

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Jonathan Rivalan, co-pilot of CSF Digital Infrastructure’s 5G Thematic Group, explains: “In terms of power, Edge controls the distribution of applications across infrastructure, making it possible to optimize usage through software. It is now possible to control the ignition of the infrastructure according to the needs of the user. Thus we get a set of calculation or storage points, turn on or off as needed.

At present, the need is clear that digital infrastructure may prove to be inadequate. In this argument, IoT is the last link in the optimized IT chain. Drones, sensors, a combination of temperature or humidity detection, surveillance cameras, access badges, IoT can create traffic jams and disrupt usage. The goal of the current orchestration effort is to operate Cloud, Edge and IoT from a single source to optimize local cost worldwide.

Open source as a relay for environmental change

Open source topics are closely linked to openness and mobility. In a world where supplier galaxies, physical equipment or service operators operate, the central node remains the same as the standard for interoperability.

Jonathan Rivlan, deputy chairman of Systematic Cluster’s open source hub, explained: “Facilitates performance among open source market players. Internationally defined technical standards are provided in the form of open source tools. This facilitates their implementation in products and opening up the market for new players. In this way, an infrastructure provider will be able to equip its tools with quality software solutions known to publishers who are more likely to use them.

Finally, each company can study and fine-tune the energy costs of its open source software tools because its code is open. It will then project itself towards the goal of convergence and establish a wider possibility of rationalization.

Move to cloud strategy

Like SaaS for publishing software, the cloud allows for better visibility of digital resources. A number of technologies or approaches to move-to-cloud logic allow for better mastery of components or services. FinOps makes it possible to limit cloud-related costs by providing controlled asset management. The practice is relevant because it makes it possible to limit the environmental impact of these technologies. A technology firmly in the service of environmental change.

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Micro-applications are presented as a web tool intended for end users. Less heavy than their mobile cousins, these components are designed to provide a specific service to Internet users. Without bothering with extra features. Thus they forcefully enter into the logic of digital restraint.

Finally, APIs or connectors are presented as micro-services that allow several products to interact with each other. And this, not even knowing the details of their implementation. Lightweight in particular, these connectors facilitate application development and connect complex infrastructure through the development of cloud-native tools.

Quantum computing in the service of environmental change

Quantum technology is on the verge of potentially great scientific and technological advances. They will have an impact on society as a whole, including the spin-off in many cases. In terms of economic and sovereignty, these potential disruptions are the subject of global competition involving both the state and all digital giants. The unprecedented interaction between basic research, technological research, entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics makes this development atypical.

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Another use, quantum computing may be useful for weather forecasting. Especially when it is combined with conventional and quantum computing when operating with multiple machine learning algorithms. Thus, machine learning models based on neural networks are trained with complete data of specific regions.

Purpose Objective: To infer missing elements from poorly documented areas. One of them, developed at MIT in 2016 and known as OPC (Offshore Receipt Capability), allows, for example, to extract weather maps from incomplete data. They come from satellite view of clouds or lightning.

Olivia Robillard

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