Seb Egerton-Read: Is the Internet of Things the key to unlocking the circular economy?

A new report, Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, which was released earlier this week by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum, argues that the pairing of circular economy principles with emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies could be crucial for driving innovation and moving towards a prosperous global economy in the future.

Up to 50 billion devices are predicted to be connected to the internet by 2020 as part of an ongoing technological transformation of the global economy. In a recent feature article, Circulate asked whether this digital development needed a clear direction to maximise the economic and societal benefits.