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June 26, 2012

New M2M Solution Tells Trash Collectors, 'Bin There, Done That'



Now trash and recycling collectors can tell whether a bin is half-full or brimming over without being within sight (or smell) of the pickup location.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Telit Wireless (News - Alert) Solutions has announced that its machine-to-machine (M2M) modules will provide cellular connectivity for solar compactors and waste receptacles operated by BigBelly Solar.

BigBelly Solar, based in Needham, Massachusetts, offers a patented, compacting trash receptacle that is self-powered by solar energy and software-controlled. As waste collects inside a BigBelly solar compactor, an internal sensor gauges when the bin is filling and communicates that information back to the Command Center, triggering a compaction cycle. The software service also takes the sensor inputs and communicates with the management console, providing collection personnel with real-time data on which locations are ready for pickup.

According to the two companies, with connected intelligence enabled by Telit’s GE864-QUAD V2 module, BigBelly Solar’s toolkit will enable municipalities and institutional customers to reduce the operating costs associated with waste collection by 80 percent.

“Leveraging the cellular connectivity of Telit modules, we were able to achieve reliable communications channels between our waste management assets and central control center, enabling remote diagnostics, over-the-air software updates and preventative maintenance alerts that further reduce the operating costs for our customers,” said Michael Feldman (News - Alert), vice president of Engineering for BigBelly Solar. 


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter cuts the ribbon on his new BigBelly Solar system

In 2011, BigBelly Solar began to evolve from its roots as a creator of the patented solar-powered trash compactor to a provider of enterprise systems, optimally managing public space waste and recycling collection operations. Telit’s GE864–QUAD V2 module integrates the BigBelly solar compactors and SmartBelly receptacles into a “smart grid” network, which provides information regarding the fullness and collection activity directly to customers—ultimately optimizing schedules, simplifying processes and reducing costs.

“BigBelly Solar’s waste management solution is a prime example of M2M providing a compelling public benefit, both optimizing publicly funded services and reducing environmental impact,” said Mike Ueland, senior vice president and general manager of Telit Wireless Solutions North America.

Telit’s GE864-QUAD V2 product is one of the smallest GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)/GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Ball-Grid-Array (BGA) modules on the market, facilitating the design of very compact applications. With its ultra-compact design and extended temperature range, the Telit GE864 product line is designed for high-volume M2M applications and mobile data devices. For more information about BigBelly Solar, see the attached video.

Want to learn more about M2M technologies? Then be sure to check out the M2M Evolution Conference, collocated with ITEXPO West 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5, in Austin, TX. The M2M Evolution Conference is for industry professionals interested in capitalizing on a rapidly growing segment of the telecom industry. The M2M Evolution Conference embraces the any-to-any strategy of the Internet today. Co-sponsored by TMC (News - Alert) Partner Crossfire Media, it showcases the solutions, and examines the data strategies and technological requirements that enterprises and carriers need to capitalize on a market segment that is estimated to grow to $300 Billion in the year ahead. For more information on registering for the M2M Evolution Conference click here.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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