Metamorphosis refers to an organism’s transformation during biological development that affects its form, function, and way of life. These days, the island nation of Aruba is a perfect example of humans undergoing a technological metamorphosis that merges innovation with preservation.
Of course, not all of the island’s tech ventures are green tech projects—a growing number of traditional, digital offerings have also launched in the past few years. Here are the top 7 tech projects from Aruba you need to know about in 2017.
In efforts to reduce energy consumption by half and maximize efficiency, the Government of Aruba has teamed up with Philips to bring LED lighting to the Island. In 2016, the project’s first phase began with 35 government buildings and two emblematic public plazas.
Aruba Trip Advisor is a travel guide and business directory for Aruba—the website features local listings for everything from car rentals and restaurants to shopping and adventure activities.
WEB Aruba N.V. is focused on creating a sustainable change in water and energy production—its first green tech project in Aruba involved converting seawater into potable water, followed by developments to replicate this process using steam-powered machinery instead of fossil fuels. The result is a highly efficient plant that uses steam energy to desalinize sea water.
Aruba Cloud is the Island’s preeminent cloud provider, offering complete cloud development environments and affordable IaaS solutions for both startups and enterprises.
Aruba’s Tourism Authority has developed an innovative smartphone app that offers the latest
information for tourists and visitors, complete with social sharing and location-based services. The app even features an augmented reality experience with areas of the island displayed in real time.
What’s an Aruban plastics manufacturer doing amongst a list of tech startups and green tech projects? The company is the main proponent of an island-wide initiative to install plastic
recycling machines throughout the island. Other notable aspects include incentives for those who join the campaign, such as points redeemable in stores affiliated with the program.