How The Internet Of Things Leads To Cleaner And Greener Public Spaces

Greener Public Spaces

The internet of things revolution continues to march forward unabated. As cars, fridges, healthcare, and fitness industries all fall over themselves to take products to markets, one sector which has gone relatively unnoticed is that of waste and waste management. While the internet of things might not literally be able to take out your garbage for you (yet!), it can certainly help make the whole process considerably more efficient.

One such example of waste management that is being revolutionised by the internet of things is trash collection. Picking up rubbish and recyclable material from publicly-available bins on street corners, in parks, or on various campuses is very resource-intensive – workers have to drive collection vehicles to every collection point – regardless of whether or not they are full. A rubbish bin that could tell collection crews when to empty the different bins could save a lot of fuel and work hours for both companies and local governments.

Commercial waste company ‘Bigbelly’ is behind the trash can revolution. The company won the People’s Choice Award for top Smart City Application at the 2014/15 Internet of Things Awards, and the rubbish units have much more grandiose plans than simple managing trash.

At the ceremony they said they “Think of each waste and recycling unit as a self-contained power plant to which applications and appliances that measure foot traffic, air quality, radiation levels and more are easily attached. Its connectivity can be expanded to offer free Wi-Fi to residents. Think urban development, public safety, and broad communication for the public. Some of these ‘ideas’ are already in the works with pilot programs underway…”.

Their idea works by combining the IoT technology with solar power to create “smart” trash and recycling receptacles. Adding sensors and compactors to commercial trash cans allows them to send real-time data about their “fullness” to web or smartphone apps, so waste haulers can make those collections at the time they’re needed. It means service routes can be created on-the-go to maximise efficient use of workers and collection trucks resources.

Solar Powered Future

It comes as no surprise to learn that thousands of these units have now been deployed globally. Solar-powered trash compactors made by Bigbelly are a familiar sight on the streets of cities such as Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, New York and Stockholm. Indeed, the company said it ended 2014 with more than 1,500 customers on its account list — in 47 countries. That’s roughly 30,000 bins worldwide. Each unit has a capacity of up to 150 gallons, more than four times the capacity of a traditional 35-gallon on-street rubbish bin – meaning collections are needed less often in the first place, before any fancy tech becomes involved.

It’s undoubtedly a tidy and rapidly growing solution to the problematic waste of labour, energy, and material in traditional rubbish collection. But what do you think? Do you think smart bins are a step too far, or are they one of the more logical uses of the IoT?

By Daniel Price

David Loo
The Long-term Costs of Data Debt It’s no secret that many of today’s enterprises are experiencing an extreme state of data overload. With the rapid adoption of new technologies to accommodate pandemic-induced shifts like remote ...
Alex Vakulov
Ransomware Database Targeting The scourge of ransomware is undoubtedly the most severe cyber security concern for home users and organizations these days. It revolves around taking important data hostage and demanding money, usually hard-to-trace cryptocurrency ...
Cloudtweaks Comic Ai
How AI Is Important for Businesses Shifting to Remote Work The Coronavirus Pandemic has taught us that organizations must have remote work choices. It is no longer possible to work in a digital environment. The ...
Rakesh Soni
Multi-tenant clouds are becoming more popular than ever because they're incredibly cost effective and easy to set up. If you're considering switching your business over to a multi-tenant cloud platform, this article is for you ...
Alex Tkatch
Best Practices for Designing and Executing a Product Launch Nothing in entrepreneurial life is more exciting, frustrating, time-consuming and uncertain than launching a new product. Creating something new and different can be exhilarating, assuming everything ...

PROXY SERVICES

  • Smartproxy

    Smartproxy

    Smartproxy is a rising star in the constantly growing proxy market. Smartproxy offers awarded customer service, impressive performance, and is serious about your anonymity (yes, cybersecurity matters). The latest features developed by Smartproxy are 30 minute long sticky sessions and Google Proxies. Rumor has it, the latter guarantee 100% success rate

  • Bright Data

    Bright Data

    Bright Data’s network is one of the most robust of its kind globally. Here are its stark advantages: Extremely stable connection for long sessions (99.99% uptime guaranteed). Free to integrate with our Proxy Manager which allows you to define custom rules for optimized results. Send unlimited concurrent requests increasing speed, cost-effectiveness, and overall efficiency.

  • Rsocks

    Rsocks

    RSocks team offers a huge amount of residential plans which were developed for plenty of tasks and, most importantly, has been proved to be quite efficient. Such variety has been created on purpose to let everyone choose a plan for a reasonable price, online, rotation and other parameters.

  • Storm Proxies

    Storm Proxies

    Storm Proxies' network is optimized for high performance and fast multi-threaded tools. You get unlimited bandwidth. No hidden costs, no limits on bandwidth. Try Storm Proxies 100% Risk Free. If you are not happy with the service email us within 24 hours of purchase and we will refund you.