Smart cities: GCC to deploy tweeting trash containers

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trashcan twitterFinnish technology company Enevo introduced a new waste management service at the WETEX (Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition) exhibition in Dubai held from April 14 to 16, showcasing waste containers that are able to communicate with trash disposal services when overflowing, including sending a tweet message.

The invention, called Enevo ONe, eliminates overflowing waste containers, which are a constant nuisance for city sanitation departments, landlords and private waste management companies. By monitoring waste containers with smart wireless sensors, Enevo One can forecast when waste and recycling containers will be full and schedule a collection accordingly, thus eliminating the problem of overflow. By turning static collection schedules and routes into dynamic smart plans, which are based on real data from the field, waste management companies can avoid collecting half-full containers and save up to 50 per cent in collection costs.

The service will be rolled out to the GCC region through local partners in the waste management industry.

“The GCC market is interesting to us, due to its interest for new and innovative solutions and to being the forerunner in adopting modern waste management solutions that save both money and reduces the environmental impact” says Fredrik Kekäläinen, CEO of Enevo. He adds that first pilot programmes in the region will be launched in the second quarter of 2014.

What separates Enevo ONe from many other optimization solutions is the fact that the service is based on highly advanced forecasting algorithms that use machine learning methodologies to calculate and provide the best possible collection schedules and routes automatically, without any manual work. Furthermore, introducing the service doesn’t require any upfront investments. Enevo charges only a small monthly subscription fee per container that is being monitored, using robust wireless sensor technology. This monthly fee covers the entire system: the sensor, data transfer and access to the Enevo ONe web service that can be accessed using tablet computers and mobile devices for on the field operations. The customer can unlock the savings directly after installing the sensors.

To demonstrate the impact of smart city technology, Enevo unveiled a tweeting trashcan feature to its service. Sensors are feeding their status in real-time to a Twitter account, and the tweeting trashcans can be followed at @trashcanlife.

“The Internet of Things is becoming a daily part of our life and with this feature we are able to demonstrate in a simple way how even our trashcans can be connected to the Internet. Internet-connected sensors increase the awareness of our surrounding world and brings to light things that otherwise would remain hidden. This will have a impact on our environmental behavior and help us make smarter decisions” Kekäläinen said.

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Finnish technology company Enevo introduced a new waste management service at the WETEX (Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition) exhibition in Dubai held from April 14 to 16, showcasing waste containers that are able to communicate with trash disposal services when overflowing, including sending a tweet message.

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trashcan twitterFinnish technology company Enevo introduced a new waste management service at the WETEX (Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition) exhibition in Dubai held from April 14 to 16, showcasing waste containers that are able to communicate with trash disposal services when overflowing, including sending a tweet message.

The invention, called Enevo ONe, eliminates overflowing waste containers, which are a constant nuisance for city sanitation departments, landlords and private waste management companies. By monitoring waste containers with smart wireless sensors, Enevo One can forecast when waste and recycling containers will be full and schedule a collection accordingly, thus eliminating the problem of overflow. By turning static collection schedules and routes into dynamic smart plans, which are based on real data from the field, waste management companies can avoid collecting half-full containers and save up to 50 per cent in collection costs.

The service will be rolled out to the GCC region through local partners in the waste management industry.

“The GCC market is interesting to us, due to its interest for new and innovative solutions and to being the forerunner in adopting modern waste management solutions that save both money and reduces the environmental impact” says Fredrik Kekäläinen, CEO of Enevo. He adds that first pilot programmes in the region will be launched in the second quarter of 2014.

What separates Enevo ONe from many other optimization solutions is the fact that the service is based on highly advanced forecasting algorithms that use machine learning methodologies to calculate and provide the best possible collection schedules and routes automatically, without any manual work. Furthermore, introducing the service doesn’t require any upfront investments. Enevo charges only a small monthly subscription fee per container that is being monitored, using robust wireless sensor technology. This monthly fee covers the entire system: the sensor, data transfer and access to the Enevo ONe web service that can be accessed using tablet computers and mobile devices for on the field operations. The customer can unlock the savings directly after installing the sensors.

To demonstrate the impact of smart city technology, Enevo unveiled a tweeting trashcan feature to its service. Sensors are feeding their status in real-time to a Twitter account, and the tweeting trashcans can be followed at @trashcanlife.

“The Internet of Things is becoming a daily part of our life and with this feature we are able to demonstrate in a simple way how even our trashcans can be connected to the Internet. Internet-connected sensors increase the awareness of our surrounding world and brings to light things that otherwise would remain hidden. This will have a impact on our environmental behavior and help us make smarter decisions” Kekäläinen said.

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