Green Software for Sustainable IoT Devices

80% of an IoT device’s environmental impact is determined during the design phase of the product. Whether you need to implement sustainability measures or improve current metrics, sustainability must be taken into account at the very beginning of your project.

Why Green Software Matters

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In the realm of IoT devices, it has been assessed that 50% of the energy consumption and subsequent emissions concern the production of objects, while the other 50% pertains to their use. Green software development is emerging as the next logical step for businesses globally to make their IoT products more sustainable and meet emerging sustainability goals.

Leveraging green software delivers additional benefits including:

  • Lower costs by reducing hardware requirements
  • Decreased energy consumption through effective low-power strategies
  • Improved resilience by enabling predictive maintenance and continuous upgrades

Overwhelming complexity makes it hard to determine the necessary software changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate continuous improvement.

Now, there is a way to maintain the same ease-of-use and performance as sophisticated operating systems but with a much lower memory footprint, thus enabling significant carbon emissions savings.

What are the Measurable Impacts of Green Software?

MicroEJ commissioned Greenly to study the environmental impact of IoT design choices by comparing two comparable smartwatches, each powered by different operating systems.

Key findings:

  • Adopting low-footprint software minimizes the need for power-hungry electronic components, reducing memory and processor environmental footprint by a factor of 6.4.
  • Greener software solutions enable a 34% reduction in overall carbon emissions for smartwatches, as production accounts for 70% of their total footprint.
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Key Features of MICROEJ VEE Green Software for Sustainable IoT Devices

MICROEJ VEE software containers enable the same capabilities as high-end operating systems but with a total footprint that is 1000 times smaller than Android. These features include development on virtual devices, compatibility with Android development tools, app ecosystems, continuous updates, and more.

The benefits of MicroEJ’s green software solution are manifold and enable key features such as:

Optimized Resource Management

MICROEJ VEE efficiently manages system resources, minimizing memory and processing requirements, thus reducing the overall hardware footprint of IoT devices.

Power-Optimized Execution

Through advanced power management techniques, MICROEJ VEE optimizes code execution to minimize energy consumption, prolonging battery life and reducing environmental impact.

Modular Architecture

MICROEJ VEE’s modular architecture allows developers to update and upgrade devices once deployed in the field to prolong device life and relevance.

Learn More About Enhancing IoT Sustainability

Seeking to reduce the environmental footprint of your IoT products while optimizing costs and performance? Connect with one of our experts today to explore concrete steps toward more sustainable IoT products!

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Additional Resources

EE Journal Podcast


Listen EE Journal Podcast “The Future of Embedded Systems: Sustainability, Containerization and Servitization”‘

Edge Computing World Webinar Replay


Watch the webinar “Leveraging the Edge to Deliver a Sustainable Society”

Sustainability IoT Blog


MicroEJ and Greenly New Study Reveals IoT Device Design’s Environmental Impact