Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, on Monday announced that its M2M modules will enable connectivity for solar compactors and waste receptacles operated by BigBelly Solar, a provider of sustainable services for the management of waste and recycling.
BigBelly Solar (Newton, Mass., USA) provides customers with a management console, software-enabled network command center and family of waste and recycling stations. With connected intelligence enabled by Telit’s GE864-QUAD V2 module, BigBelly Solar’s toolkit allows municipalities, universities, government facilities and other institutional customers to reduce the operating costs associated with waste collection by 80%.
Telit’s (Trieste, Italy) GE864–QUAD V2 module integrates the BigBelly solar compactors and SmartBelly receptacles into a “smart grid” network, which provides information regarding the fullness and collection activity directly to customers, ultimately optimizing schedules, simplifying processes and reducing costs.
To implement these new smart grid networks, existing trash cans are replaced with BigBelly Solar waste and recycling stations.
“Crews collect the stations much as they collect traditional receptacles,” says Richard Kennelly, vice president of marketing at BigBelly. “The Main difference is that you do that task 80% less often -- and you know the status of every station in the network from your desktop or smartphone or tablet.”
The cities of Philadelphia, Boston and Salzburg are currently using this smart grid waste management system, as well as universities such as Georgetown, Arizona State and Iowa State. The Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots also use the system at their stadiums.
According to Bill del Vecchio, recycling director at Georgetown University, through this smart grid network the waste collection has been reduced from seven times per week to just two.
Telit’s GE864-QUAD V2 product is a small GSM/GPRS Ball-Grid-Array (BGA) module that enables the design of very compact applications. With its ultra-compact design and extended temperature range, the Telit GE864 product line is the perfect platform for high-volume M2M applications and mobile data devices.