Further defining and developing their Smart Cities, municipalities around the globe are testing ways to equip existing street ‘furniture’ – parking meters, lamp posts, trash bins, and more – with 'smart city' applications, devices, and sensors for more intelligent ways to manage and maintain city services and infrastructures.
There is a groundswell building around the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City initiatives. Some of the solutions are Jetson-like in their application to city operations, management and planning – sci-fi technology sending data from various city and residental applications to individuals' smartphones, self-operating transportation, smart six-foot-tall touchscreens to navigate subways, public space Wi-Fi, and connected public parking.
The Internet of Things is not some far-fetch, future reality that has yet to be realized. Success will come as cities turn to technology innovations that help them streamline operations, better forecast needs, and solve issues like pollution, congestion, accessibility, increasing waste, and sustainability.
Ater the RE/WORK IoT Summit in Boston, we debriefed the team on the latest and greatest conversations among the movers and shakers of Smart Cities & IoT iniatitives. We've captured the most compelling questions below to share with you.
IoT is the next stage of the information revolution. It is driven by inter-connectivity of everything from urban transport to medical devices and other wearables and household or consumer appliances. The application of IoT is virtually limitless, restricted today only by network architecture and data storage capacity. While specialized use cases exist, IoT adoption is central to the success of several ‘smart’ categories – city, enterprise, environment, home, and wearables. The characteristics of the IoT products and solutions in these categories vary significantly but their primary goals are similar – using big data and connectivity to generate a level of knowledge and insight previously unavailable such that every day happenings, lives and processes are improved upon by the new services, approaches and solutions derived.
W. David Stephenson dubbes the Bigbelly solution as the "epitome of the IoT-enabled product: the trash can!" in his latest blog post. Read on to learn more:
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the epitome of the IoT-enabled product: the trash can!
My reader statistics do not indicate this blog has a heavy readership among trash cans, but let me apologize in advance to them for what I’m about to write: it’s not personal, just factual.
I’m sorry, but you municipal trash cans are pathetic!
Erika Morphy of Computerworld details a pilot project deployed in the City of New York that elevates the value and offering of the standard Bigbelly smart waste system. What more can it offer to the pedestrians passing by on the busy city streets? Read on to learn more:
A smart waste management company is testing adding Wi-Fi units to its containers in the hopes that cities will want to deploy its system to get a twofer: smart waste disposal and municipal Wi-Fi that works.
Cities’ various attempts to install widespread municipal Wi-Fi over the years have not ended well. They have come against physical problems in the form of buildings and office towers that block signals. They have found it hard to squeeze funding from already tight budgets. In many cases, they have been overwhelmed by pushback from private sector providers of mobile broadband.
A test pilot recently held in New York City, though, could knock aside those issues. This project was conducted by a smart waste management company.
That’s right. A smart waste management company believes it can successfully help municipalities deploy citywide Wi-Fi from its smart trash containers. And it makes sense. Here’s why.
At RE-WORK’s Internet of Things Summit Boston, Bigbelly will lead a Spotlight on Connected Core Services in Smart Cities. The Internet of Things Summit (Boston) brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. The event is designed to showcase the opportunities of IoT and the potential for a positive impact on business and society.
Did you miss the Hardwired NYC event on May 19th? Watch the video below of Bigbelly's President and CEO Jack Kutner explore IoT as it relates to smart cities and connected waste management. Enjoy!
Green Biz's Heather Clancy reports on Bigbelly's transformation to offer much more than smart public space waste management.
Solar-powered trash compactors made by Bigbelly are a familiar sight on the streets of big cities including Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, New York and Stockholm.