One of the great things about IOTA is that it was designed for a specific purpose (IoT), but can be applied universally with all its advantages (scalable, fast and free-of-charge). A startup called TWO has now revealed how they want to make use of the Tangle for their project, TWO – IoT Waste Management.
TWO is aimed at making an airport’s or a city’s waste management more efficient. At the moment, there are certain waste disposal services which regularly monitor and remove waste from trashcans. TWO wants to equip waste bins and containers with sensors which not only provide a real-time overview about the waste levels inside, but also “order” the truck fleet once they are full. In theory, this saves a lot of money and enables any waste management service to provide a complete ledger of their contract, from clearing the bin until the drop-off at the landfill facility.
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How it Works
Every waste bin will be equipped with a sensor which everyone is probably familiar with: a vehicle reverse sensor (the thing which normally warns you before you bump against a wall with your car). This sensor has a WIFI transceiver aboard as well as a Lithium ion battery boasting 3 years of longevity. On top of that, a newly developed PCB allows the components to work together.