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Smartsensor [SMART 100, 2017]

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This SMART 100 profile and the information it contains is a duplication of content submitted by the applicant during the entry process. As a function of entry, applicants were required to declare that all details are factually correct, do not infringe on another’s intellectual property and are not unlawful, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, obscene, or otherwise objectionable. Some profiles have been edited for reasons of space and clarity.

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1. THE BEGINNING

This innovation initially came to life when…

…we were discussing with our clients (our parent Solar Bins Australia) about their waste management challenges.

We saw that clients were collecting up to 10 times a day, in some regions. When we saw them collecting both overflowing and empty bins and witnessed the rubbish trucks clogging up our already busy streets we knew there had to be a better way.

We looked for a solution to service the estimated 750,000 bins across public spaces in Australia however we couldn’t find anything designed or developed in Australia. So we created one. Australia’s first low cost monitoring platform for waste management.

2. WHAT & HOW

The purpose of this innovation is to…

…integrate technology into, and to optimise one of the World’s most inefficient, environmentally damaging and cost consuming industries, Waste Management.

Waste Management effects every living being on the planet and the need to become more efficient benefits us all.

It does this by…

…providing rubbish bin fullness-level sensors and software platform that enables any waste network to become a smart waste network.

Smartsensor®’s are placed within a rubbish bin and provide an eye-in-the-sky into each of the waste containers so collectors know which bins to collect and when.

Smartsensor® is then sends fill-level and temperature information directly to any web enabled device.

3. PURPOSE & BENEFITS

This innovation improves on what came before because…

…a standard wheelie bin or waste container is not smart, it cannot communicate to its collector. A normal bin will just fill up and eventually overflow, possibly without the collector knowing.

We change that by sending notifications directly to the collector through app notifications, email, SMS and across platforms such as Smartsensor® Dashboard, Smartsensor® App and Smartsensor® Routing Voyager.

Its various benefits to the customer/end-user include…

…significant cost reduction in collections, saving up to 50% of collections. By reviewing historic data ensures better policy decisions, safety – the device monitors temperature, notifying in case of fire, and the environmental benefits of reducing overflowing bins is endless.

4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

In the past, this problem was solved by…

…sending waste trucks to empty bins on a static route. The truck would drive from bin to bin to bin collecting whether they are full or not.

We can now send to the truck to empty only those bins that are 80% full or more, reducing collection trips by up to 50%. No more emptying near-empty or over-flowing bins.

Its predecessors/competitors include…

…nothing within the Australian market. Prior to smart bins we had standard “”dumb”” bins. We have seen some fill level sensors in Europe however we have pioneered the smart waste market here in Australia with our company Solar Bins Australia.

5. TARGET MARKET

It is made for…

Councils, Waste Management Companies, Facility Managers, Shopping Centers, Universities, Schools, Charity Bins, Commercial Skip bins, Hospitals, Airports and Stadiums.

In fact anywhere there is a bin or container we can monitor it!

It is available for sale through…

…our company Smartsensor, our parent company Solar Bins Australia and our partners within the smart city space.

We provide the platform as a Platform-as-a-Service, where by the device, software, routing and installation is all delivered in one low monthly charge.

Our marketing strategy is to…

…educate the market on the importance of waste management data collection, and the benefits of “”just-in-time waste collection””. We are doing this via hands on deployments across council regions, shopping centres and our client base. We then document and distribute the case studies through online, social and video.

We find word of mouth within our industry is paramount to success.

FINE PRINT: This SMART 100 profile and the information it contains is a duplication of content submitted by the applicant during the entry process. As a function of entry, applicants were required to declare that all details are factually correct, do not infringe on another’s intellectual property and are not unlawful, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, obscene, or otherwise objectionable. Some profiles have been edited for reasons of space and clarity.

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