Singaporean cellco M1 announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OTTO Waste Systems and SmartCity Solutions to implement what it says is the first intelligent waste management system in Singapore utilizing NB-IoT technology.
Via M1’s NB-IoT enabled solutions and IoT platform, ultra-low power fill-level sensors attached to OTTO’s trash bin receptacles will send out real-time alerts to SmartCity’s centralized management system when the appropriate level of waste is reached, enabling waste management companies for efficient cleaning and productivity.
This allows waste management companies to reduce wasted resources such as manpower and fuel by only clearing containers that require immediate attention, thus improving operational efficiency.
The waste data collected can be aggregated and analyzed through M1’s data analytics platform to help OTTO further streamline its operations in terms of planning of bins distribution nationwide and waste collection frequency.
“The collaboration with M1 using their NB-IoT network is a timely development for us and our customers, who will get to enjoy easy access to useful real-time data for smarter planning and resourcing on waste management nationwide,” said Christopher Lopez, managing director of OTTO Waste Systems. “We also see the potential of such implementations helping consumers to have a greener environment to live in.”
“Extensive research and development was carried out to produce the hardware and the methodology of installation to maximize the accuracy of the measurement in waste level, pollution in the environment and rodent tracking,” said SmartCity director P. Renganathan.