How flowthings.io’s Agile Intelligence Enabled Ground Truth To Emerge Natural Resources Markets


Human existence itself and humanity’s rapid development of our ecosystem will change the planet and eventually consume it’s natural resources. It’s not a matter of if but when. But how 10 billion people and ever-expanding global development affect that change is not.

In order mitigate the negative impacts of human progress, and to augment our potential for regenerative development policies, we need facts.

  • Facts about the current state of the environment
  • Facts about the real-time and over-time impacts of our extraction and development activities around a natural resources
  • Facts about our remediation challenges, opportunities, and their impacts

Enter the Internet of Things. Enter flowthings.io powered solutions.

From mining to forestry, renewable energy to agriculture and aquaculture; the largest industries in the world have the most complex relationships with natural resources.

Recall the tantalum shortage in the 1999/2000 time frame? The rise of fiber-enabled IP telephony networks? mobile and wireless networks? the dot.com boom? All drove unprecedented demand for a rare earth metal, tantalum. And yet, the supply chain for tantalum began with manual laborers digging by hand, in mud flats, in too few locations, in too-unstable and violent areas of central Africa.

Consider the power of aquaculture to serve as a primary protein source to 1-2 billion people on the planet. Among the top barriers to realizing this vision is prevailing thinking that industrial aquaculture degrades sensitive coastal ecosystems. What if the right IoT solutions could be deployed to persistently monitor current natural state, state-of-the-art development impact, and remediation results?

Both scenarios – one past, one future – are within our grasp to correct and attain. IoT technologies can help make it happen.

Across the world a new form of conservation is emerging. It is being led by the most innovative companies in the world partnering with local and regional government as well as the most effective NGOs.

This new form of conservation sees growth and profit coupled with a number of key natural resource management goals:

  • Sustainability
  • Stability
  • Access

It demands more than agreement among traditionally opposing interests, it demands data. Facts. Ground truth. It demands the persistent instrumentation of the natural resources under management – for both conservation and for intentional and intelligent exploitation.

That responsible and intelligent exploitation demands data be converted into knowledge and agile intelligence that can serve as creative, actionable, and relevant decision support.

It has been proven that there is bias in every stakeholder group participating in natural resource management or exploitation. It has been proven also, that objective ground truth is a powerful fulcrum for change.

flowthings.io understands all of this. Garbage in, garbage out. Information is not intelligence. Intelligence is not by itself creative, actionable, or relevant.

flowthings.io enables multiple stakeholders in markets dependent on natural resource management to harvest the objective ground truth, develop high pedigree intelligence, and present decision support tools that people – responsible, invested, and knowledgeable people – can apply.

For profit and sustainability.

For growth and stability.

For value and accessibility.