Make blue dot greener

You may have heard of blue dot navigation in the past. In the future we should talk about green wayfinding. And this is why:

Every time you use your smartphone, you consume energy. Energy that has to come from somewhere and that doesn’t always come from ecological sources. The Internet we use with our smartphone is now the world’s largest man-made infrastructure. And the amount of data we shoot around the globe every second has exploded. The same goes for energy consumption. Data that computers set in motion, which in turn process this data and make it available to others who want to access it.  These processes are also triggered by positioning or navigation requests. According to the Ökoinstitut Freiburg, about 24 million tons of CO2 a year are caused by people in Germany simply by surfing the net and the devices we use to do so. That would be roughly equivalent to the total CO2 consumption of a country like Croatia.

A digital innovation in the sense of “Green IT” is therefore Edge Computing. This means only decentralized data processing. So to speak on the edge of the network. In contrast to data processing, that takes place in the cloud, Edge Computing works in real time, where the data is needed: In the production hall, in the office or in the hospital – or on cruise ships. The data is no longer sent across half the globe and across oceans, but is processed wherever the corresponding applications take place.

It is precisely this data transmission that costs a great deal of energy. While until a few years ago it was all about sending as much data as possible to the cloud, today the goal is to really only transmit the data that needs to be processed further. And everything that can be processed decentrally is being processed decentrally.

As with Favendo’s wayfinding solutions. The Commander Location Engine works on-prem. On a cruise ship, for example, position data no longer has to be sent to and from a server via a satellite connection. This not only makes the tracking more fluid and faster, but also saves a lot of energy and thus CO2.

However, Favendo is not only working on the software side to reduce the energy consumption of its solutions, but is also constantly working on optimizing its tracking hardware in order to reduce energy consumption as much as possible. The next generation of Favendo’s relay beacon trackers, announced for 2020, will use less than one watt of power.