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LABCITIES
2 years ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

The Internet of Things is having a profound impact on daily public services, where ordinary, everyday objects such as waste bins and soap dispensers are networked and connected to each other and to the information superhighway. Amid rapid urban growth, the Internet of Things can make cleaning and waste management more efficient for healthier, more liveable cities.

IoT technologies can offer advances in efficiency and productivity for the cleaning and waste management industries, and the sector is beginning to sit up and take notice.

Typically, cleaning crews make scheduled rounds to clean bathrooms or empty bins. This can be an inefficient use of manpower. Sensors, however, can identify usage patterns, such as when certain bins are likely to be full, and cleaning rounds can be scheduled to match these, thus raising productivity.

Similarly, tracking toilet usage, paper towels, and hand soap in restrooms enables cleaning operators to serve bathroom users better. At the same time, machines can also be automated and controlled remotely to carry out tasks, freeing up manpower.