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COP28: AI Can Be Leveraged to Deliver Actionable Insights

Paul Park, the Regional Director of MENAT at Milestone Systems, says climate change is complex and demands collaborative, cross-border solutions, often constrained by geopolitical tensions.

Please tell us about your efforts to ensure a sustainable and equitable digital future.
At Milestone Systems, we are dedicated to fostering a sustainable and equitable digital future. Our commitment extends beyond compliance with environmental directives to actively drive positive change. Through innovative data-driven video technology, we empower users to optimise resource allocation, enhancing operational efficiency while minimising environmental impact. By leveraging AI to deliver actionable insights, we enable more innovative traffic management in cities, efficient building utilisation, and reduced energy consumption.

Embracing this sustainable trajectory curtails carbon emissions and fortifies organisational resilience, offering tangible cost savings. As the security industry evolves as a catalyst for sustainability, our relentless pursuit remains focused on shaping a future where technology promotes environmental stewardship and societal equity.

What is your commitment to combat climate change?
We prioritise sustainable practices across our operations, sourcing a significant portion of our electricity from renewable sources. Beyond compliance, we continually innovate our products to minimise environmental impact.

We aim to reduce hardware reliance and optimise energy consumption by integrating energy-efficient designs and promoting data-driven solutions. Additionally, our technology empowers users with insights to manage resources effectively, curbing emissions. We foster partnerships, advocate for eco-conscious policies, and champion a future where our contributions to mitigating climate change extend beyond business, aligning with global sustainability goals.

What are the challenges in combatting global environmental issues?
Tackling global environmental issues presents multifaceted challenges. Political inertia and inadequate policy frameworks hinder concerted global action. Economic dependencies on fossil fuels and reluctance to adopt sustainable practices impede progress. Balancing immediate financial needs with long-term environmental goals poses a persistent challenge.
Moreover, disparities in access to resources and technology limit universal participation.

Climate change is complex and demands collaborative, cross-border solutions, often constrained by geopolitical tensions. Overcoming these challenges necessitates cohesive international cooperation, innovative technologies, widespread education, and equitable resource distribution to forge a sustainable path forward for our planet.

What sort of trends do you foresee in the areas of sustainability and technology?
Anticipate a convergence of sustainability and technology where data-driven video technology will flourish. AI-driven insights from video data will revolutionise resource management, aiding in efficient traffic flow, optimised building utilisation, and reduced energy consumption. Circular economy models will rise, emphasising resource efficiency and waste reduction.

Eco-design in tech products will surge, aligning with consumer preferences for sustainability. This transformative landscape will witness collaborations between tech leaders and environmentalists, driving innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.

How do you envision your role in shaping a more sustainable future in 2024 and beyond?
In 2024 and beyond, we intend to remain at the forefront of catalysing a sustainable future. We will keep developing innovative video technology, which, among others, can help optimise resource usage. Our commitment extends to empowering users with data-driven insights, enabling informed decisions for reduced environmental impact.

Collaborations will amplify, fostering partnerships aimed at advancing sustainability practices globally. We will advocate for policies promoting green technology adoption and continue sourcing renewable energy for our operations. As a driving force, we aim to inspire industry-wide change, steering towards a future where our technological advancements harmonise with environmental stewardship.

How are you aligning your sustainability initiatives with the themes of COP28?
Our sustainability initiatives align closely with COP28’s themes by focusing on actionable steps for climate resilience. We emphasise innovation, developing technologies that mitigate climate risks and empower efficient resource management. Collaborations within and beyond our industry amplify our impact, fostering partnerships to scale sustainable solutions globally. We advocate for policy frameworks supporting green technology adoption, aligning our efforts with COP28’s goals to promote a resilient, low-carbon future.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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