Cities across the United States are becoming smarter every day. It makes sense when you consider the benefits gained from turning everyday objects “smart”. Advanced technology makes it possible for street lamps, trash cans, parking meters, and traffic lights to communicate a wide range of information about their status, energy usage, and more. The data gained through this communication has the ability to make workers more efficient, cities safer and cleaner, reduce traffic, and significantly reduce energy usage across the entire city.
Cities have many choices when it comes to implementation of IoT devices. It’s important that leaders look for the solutions that provide the greatest benefits to their city and its residents.
Best IoT Solutions for Smart Cities
Smart Lighting has gained a lot of popularity over recent years. This is understandable as smart lights can reduce energy consumption by 65% or more while making city spaces safer. However, street lights do not provide the largest impact in terms of savings and efficiency.
Most residential neighborhoods have one street light every three houses. In many neighborhoods, these lights are only on one side of the road, making a ratio of around one light to five homes. Many higher end neighborhoods have even less street lamps to avoid disturbing residents with excessive light. However, each of these homes do have at least one waste receptacle.
When you consider the large number of waste bins in residential neighborhoods, along city streets, in parks, shopping centers, etc., you can clearly see there are far more waste bins than street lamps in the United States.
Inexpensive Fill Level Sensors
Fill level sensors make waste collection more efficient. These small devices communicate fill level 24 times a day. They let waste management teams know exactly which bins require attention and when. They can even let waste management know how many times residents opened the bin. These sensors have been proven to reduce waste collections by at least 50%. This makes waste management more efficient and allows for route optimization based on actual usage.
Mint Controls’ Fill Sensors attach easily to any bin. They begin communicating fill level immediately. At $3.00 or less per unit/per month, our Fill Sensors provide a cost effective monitoring solution for residential neighborhoods, parks, shopping centers, and city spaces across the entire city.
It’s time to stop overspending on waste management! Please contact us for more information about our smart city solutions.