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Companies partner for smarter bins

The first deployments of the netBins will be in the UK counties of Essex and Hertfordshire

The sensor sits under the top of the bin and is linked to a management system
The sensor sits under the top of the bin and is linked to a management system

Smart street lighting and smart city applications company Telensa is working with FarSite Communications to integrate its wireless bin monitoring into the Telensa smart city dashboard.


By deploying FarSite wireless netBin sensors, local authorities and contractor partners can get an instant snapshot of the performance of their waste operations to improve efficiency and quality of service. Telensa is deploying netBin sensors as part of a trial of smart city technologies in Essex and Hertfordshire, that also includes traffic, gully and environmental monitoring.


“Expert mass-scale applications that encapsulate deep domain expertise are the foundation for true data-driven smart cities,” said Will Gibson, chief commercial officer and founder, Telensa.


Optimising collection routing


FarSite based in Basingstoke, UK, and Guangzhou, China, is the developer of the smart city focused netBin waste monitoring product suite for commercial and public bins and has also developed wide variety of data communication products and services for the business sector.


netBins feature wireless monitors inside to measure fill level, tilt and temperature, connected to a central management system that issues alerts, creates a predictive fill model and optimises collection routing.


“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Telensa to bring another key component of an overarching smart city solution,” said Steve Scott, FarSite sales and marketing director.


“Telensa’s large international customer base can now benefit from optimised waste collection within a data centric smart city.”

“Expert mass-scale applications that encapsulate deep domain expertise are the foundation for true data-driven smart cities”

Telensa PLANet is a wireless central management system (CMS) that enables centralised remote control of outdoor lighting. It consists of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a wireless Internet of Things (IoT) network, and a central management application.


Data from light pole and street-level sensors can be consolidated in the Telensa data hub, visualised by the Telensa dashboard and made available to other city apps by the Telensa API set. Telensa technology already controls 1.5 million streetlights worldwide, including one in ten of the UK’s lights.


Telensa PLANet claims to be the world’s most deployed smart streetlight solution, with a footprint of more than 1.5 million lights. Building on the business case for its smart streetlighting, the company provides cities and utilities with an open, low-cost platform to add multiple sensor applications.


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