Following the significant earthquakes of 2010/2011, Christchurch City Council (CCC) put aside funds for 'Sensing Cities' initiatives. In November 2015, the Smart Cities programme was initiated to carry out rapid proof of concept projects.
The Council selected PiP IoT for a pilot to test new sensor technology in the war against overflowing rubbish bins, with the objective of creating operational efficiencies and an enhanced streetscape for citizens.
PiP IoT has rolled out LevelSense devices to ten bins around rubbish trouble spots, including a city park and retail area. Alerts are being sent to contractors’ phones, and bin status across the city can be viewed in an online dashboard telling them how full each bin is. Rubbish levels are also being tracked, providing a graphic illustration of when the bins are used most.
The devices include GPS location along with tilt and shock monitoring capability and temperature sensing in case of a fire. They use a battery that will last for three to five years.
The combination of new sensors and SigFox monitoring has been successful.
Smart Cities Programme Manager Teresa McCallum says the project shows how technology can be used to solve everyday problems.
"It’s another example of the way Smart Cities is working alongside local companies to foster innovation that benefits our city and can be used throughout New Zealand and beyond. Apart from being more efficient, it’s an innovative way to make our city smarter, more sustainable, and get rid of overflowing rubbish complaints for good.”