Understanding internet of things (IoT) buzz and how it affects waste collection

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Source: FleetMind Solutions, Inc

IoT revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication. Built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors, it delivers a mobile, virtual and immediate connection. And it has the power to make everything “smart”. According to Cisco, 500 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2030. Each device includes sensors that collect data, interact with the environment, and communicate over a network.

The waste management industry is increasingly becoming a part of the IoT movement. IoT can be applied to optimize waste collection with RFID tracking, sensors and cameras. Smart fleet systems now incorporate a model for connected data sharing between the back-office, trucks and drivers to enable route optimization, full management of container assets, safety and more efficient, sustainable operations.

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