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It’s Easy Being Green With Wireless Tech

Mobile Devices Empower Consumers to Go Green and Save Green   

(Washington, DC) – Earth Day marks the anniversary of the environmental movement–a movement which continues to undergo a profound technological evolution – in particular, a mobile revolution. With more wireless subscriptions than people in the U.S., mobile connected devices are modern-day compasses navigating daily life–including how we save our planet and our hard-earned dollars. To illustrate this mobile-greening trend, Mobile Future today released a new graphic white paper, It’s Easy Being Green with Wireless Tech,” highlighting how mobile innovations are promoting green standards.

Today, the mobile-fueled Internet of Things includes more than 35 million mobile connected devices–a number that will exceed 271 million by 2018. This rising connectivity allows for unprecedented efficiencies as we manage our growing demands for resources and seek to minimize our environmental footprint. Just a 1% increase in efficiency from the Internet of Things can save up to $15 trillion by 2030–almost the equivalent of adding another USA to the global economy.

How do we collectively and individually think global and act mobile? Some key highlights of the graphic white paper include:

Smart Buildings

  • Buildings consume more than 70% of U.S. electricity. But, integrating wireless sensors that manage temperature, light and water use throughout buildings can generate energy savings of up to 15% annually.
  • By 2019, smart buildings will be home to at least 100 million wireless sensors.
  • In homes, simply programming the thermostat properly using mobile can save 20% in heating and cooling costs.


Smart Grid Technology

  • Just a 4% reduction in electricity usage thanks to smart grids can save U.S. consumers and businesses $20.4 billion by 2030.
  • If all 117 million U.S. households used smart grid capabilities, it would reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of filling up a full-size truck 117 million times each year.

Smart Fleets

  • Optimizing transportation routes via mobile can prevent up to 80 million tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of taking 22 coal plants offline.
  • With wireless fleet management, transportation fleets see 15%-25% emission reductions and fuel savings.
  • Thanks to the mobile technology that makes car sharing possible, up to 13 cars are taken off the road for every one car-sharing vehicle.
  • In 2012, mobile routing technology helped UPS save 206 million minutes of idling time and more than 1.5 million gallons of fuel.

Today, mobile innovations are empowering all of us–from small households to large businesses– to make little changes that add up to big savings for our environment and our wallets. “The Internet of Things is transforming millions of products into intelligent devices connecting us to untold opportunities,” said Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter. “Mobile connectivity is an integral component to a more sustainable and efficient way of life, which translates to a brighter, healthier and cleaner mobile future.”

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Mobile Future is a coalition of cutting-edge technology and communications companies and a diverse group of non-profit organizations, working to support an environment that encourages investment and innovation in the dynamic wireless sector.