In June 2018, I had the pleasure to sit down with Waste Management Review, one of Australia’s leading waste management publications. The team at WMR were writing an article on smart waste management and the changing of the guard in waste management collection. The article covers some of the great work Australian cities and councils are doing in the smart waste space and deep dives into how Georges River, Hume and Wyndham City Councils are gaining more than just efficiency with their smart waste deployments… Please enjoy Chapter 2 of our exclusive 6 part series.

If you missed Chapter 1 – THE SMART CITY CONCEPT, see the following link:

An Intelligent Waste Series Chapter 2 – CONNECTING CITIES

Consultancy firm Adelaide Smart City Studio defines a smart city by its use of “technology and data to drive economic activity, accelerate innovation and better manage energy, resources and services”. It says collecting, analysing and intelligently using data is central to the concept of a smart city. According to its website, the Internet of Things is the next logical step in the internet revolution, allowing everyday objects – appliances, cars and city infrastructure – to be connected to computer networks.

Public utilities with sensors and connective abilities can provide a way of finding out how and where infrastructure is being used. With information from smart furniture, city planners and councils are able to optimise how they design and operate essential services and infrastructure.

For example, a network of streetlights could automatically turn themselves on and off when required to save energy. Park benches could detect when they haven’t been sat on for extended periods of time, which can tell councils if infrastructure is being unused. Smart rubbish bins can send out alerts when they are 80 per cent full to give collection teams a better understanding of where they need to travel.

To gather evidence on how smart cities can benefit social health through improved public spaces, researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are collaborating with Street Furniture Australia and Sydney’s Georges River Council. Through this, they will investigate the long-term effects of sensor-based smart furniture.

The grant project is funded through the federal government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and is entitled Smart Social Spaces: Smart Street Furniture Supporting Social Health.

The research team will analyse data from smart infrastructure installed within Sydney’s Georges River Council over six months and analyse how effectively the council can use the technology. Dr Nancy Marshall, Senior Lecturer in City Planning at UNSW, says the team has already been collecting data manually to compare the difference in results.

What are your thoughts on the implementation of smart infrastructure within your community?

Please let me know in the comments below and look out for Chapter 3 – Smart Bin Potential, out Monday on LinkedIn.

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Coming soon: Chapter 3 – SMART BIN POTENTIAL

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