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Case studies 16 January 2014
Vodafone provides Ecube Labs with M2M SIM cards that provide wireless connectivity to the Clean Cube smart bin, helping organisations to manage waste collection more efficiently and keep the streets clean.
Seoul had huge problems in the city, the local authority had cut its residential waste collections, so people were resorting to putting their household rubbish in public bins. Ecube labs came up with the solution: an innovative litter bin that compacts its contents using a solar-powered compressor. With this ingenious technology, the bins can hold up to four times more rubbish before they need to be emptied.
Ecube labs had a vision for a truly ‘smart’ bin that can also communicate wirelessly when it needs to be emptied. Using this real-time intelligence, organisation’s and local council’s can plan waste management collections more effectively. They can also cut down on the number of unnecessary collection visits. Most importantly for the citizen, they make sure the bins rarely overflow.
Vodafone provides Global M2M managed network connectivity that enables the Clean Cube bins to communicate and provide real-time status reports to its owners. With connectivity being available worldwide, this reduces the complexity of deployment of service as Ecube Labs expands in to additional countries.
If the 5,000 bins around Seoul are replaced with our bins, waste removal will decrease by over 20% within a year and half. This, effectively, is the same as planting 150,000 trees around Seoul by decreasing CO2 emissions from reducing fleet operations for waste removal.
SunBeom Gwon, CEO and founder, Ecube Labs
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M2M technologies are creating huge opportunities to reduce costs and deliver real value across a whole range of services and industries.
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