Smart Waste collection utilising sensors gaining traction – IoT ANZ

Although the smart waste collection technology industry is still in an early phase, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled smart bins and sensors are slowly gaining traction in ANZ and globally.

According to a recent report by US research company Navigant, the market is expected to grow from US$57.6 million (A$77 million) in 2016 to more than US$223 million (A$300 million) in 2025, with a 16.3 per cent compound annual growth rate.

“Currently, most municipal waste collection operations focus on emptying containers according to predefined schedules,” explains Christina Jung, a Research Associate with Navigant. “This is inevitably inefficient, with half-full bins being emptied, poor use of city assets and unnecessary fleet fuel consumption.”

Jung says the smart waste collection solutions of the future will be able to track waste levels and provide route optimisation as well as operational analytics – providing new opportunities to optimise waste management: “More and more municipalities and waste service managers are realising that
these solutions can help them meet sustainability goals, improve services for residents and reduce operational costs [at the same time].”

She adds, “There is a growing awareness among city leaders of the potential benefits of multi-application approaches to the deployment of smart city infrastructure. At the heart of this transformation is IoT technology that connects a range of intelligent sensors and devices to monitor and automate city operations. Areas where technology is having the greatest impact include street lighting, public safety, traffic systems and waste collection.”

Jung’s observation comes on the back of TDC, Denmark’s largest telecoms company, and Cisco forming a partnership agreement in June 2016 to deploy a digital IoT city platform in Denmark. As part of the initiative, Dublin company SmartBin deployed its sensors to a range of waste and recycling containers that were integrated with the city’s digital platform. In addition, lamp posts and traffic lights were equipped with sensors that are able to send data to a control console at the town hall and allow real time monitoring of waste production.

A similar project took place locally in Australia 2015, when the Sunshine Coast Council partnered with Cisco and Telstra to develop the so-called Smart City Framework, a portfolio of 13 municipal service areas including waste management. Here, Enevo headed by Greg Howard and its Brisbane-based partner, Smarter Technology Solutions, saw the successful initial deployment of Enevo’s smart fill- level sensors.

“Another example of an integrated smart waste collection solutions are solar-powered waste bins equipped with Wi-Fi units,” Jung says. “While many smart city initiatives propose to provide public Wi-Fi hotspots, it can be expensive to lease areas to host the equipment. However, with Wi-Fi- enabled smart bins, cities can run access points by using the solar energy already collected by the bins.”

Leon Hayes from Solar Bins Australia has been instrumental in rolling out more BigBelly solar powered compacting bins across Australia. Melbourne has an impressive amount of bins with general waste bins sat next to recycling ones.

“Yet, despite the successful [early] deployments, there is still limited demand for smart waste collection solutions due to the lack of awareness about cost [recovery] and the effectiveness of the technology.”

Data Integration

The next phase will see sensor data pulled from dozens of different sensor manufacturers via API* into established telematics systems like that of Telogis which is a global leader in providing actionable data to waste fleet operators across the markets it operates in.

There is a huge amount of cost savings to be made through fleet optimisation and route planning. With more accurate data fleet operators can make decisions to improve efficiencies and still meet performance targets for their end clients.

Low Power Wide Area Networks

The other disruptor and ultimate enabler  will be the rollout of LPWAN connectivity across the region with Sigfox firmly leading the way in the Australian and NZ market.

LPWAN connected sensors like LoRa , Sigfox and NB-IoT allow sensors to operate on batteries for much longer periods and communicate over longer distances than traditional 3G powered devices.

Enevo has yet to transition to a LPWAN version of its sensor but companies like Solar Bins Australia and PiP IoT in Christchurch have developed versions which can then push data into 3rd party systems .

Glossary Term

*APIapplication-programming interface is a set of functions and procedures that allow the creation of applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

Sources and References

Enevo Oy – Finnish based Cleantech business using IoT Devices

Pip IoT – NZ based LPWAN sensor manufacturer of IoT devices

Solar Bins Australia – Australia based distributor of BigBelly and LPWAN Sensors.

Telogis – Market leading telematics provider

Waste Management Review – parts of article originally appeared earlier in 2017.

Infrastructure NZ – IoT projects need to follow the money

Infrastructure New Zealand will host the Building Nations Symposium, New Zealand’s infrastructure thought leadership event of the year, on 26-27 October 2017 at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, New Zealand.

Building Nations is the premier event on New Zealand’s infrastructure calendar. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity for public and private sectors to come together to lead thinking and advance best practice in national infrastructure development.

The key theme for the Symposium this year is ‘New Solutions for Infrastructure Challenges’ with the following sub-themes forming the content for the two day event.



Congestion Charging and Road Pricing

Alternative Funding

Urban Growth and Satellite Cities

Planning Law Reform

Sessions to watch from a Smart City perspective include …

Road Pricing, Managed Motorways, Congestion Charging – what’s the right solution for New Zealand?

Keynote Presentation: Singapore’s Next Generation
Electronic Road Pricing

Greater Springfield: Australia’s Fastest
Emerging Master-Planned City

Integrated Development at Scale: A Satellite City for Auckland?

Agenda can be found here … AGENDA Infrastructure 2017

Chep pallets looking for IoT proof of concepts

Brambles is set to put millions more into a digital arm it set up last year and poached an SAP executive to run.

BXB Digital – which takes its name from the company’s ASX code – was set up as a business in early 2016, with a view to “apply technology to collect and transform data into services that track goods, optimise operations and improve supply chain efficiency”.

It is expected to touch both business and customer-facing parts of Brambles’ operations in 60 countries.

The company is best known for its iconic blue Chep pallets, which can be found in supply chains worldwide.

BXB Digital is based in Silicon Valley and is headed up by Prasad Srinivasamurthy, who was formerly the senior vice president of internet of things and customer innovation at SAP.

Though the digital arm had little resources to work with early on – US$800,000  (A$1 million) in its start-up year – that quickly ballooned to US$10.3 million (A$13 million) in 2017, the company said in financial filings today.

It will now get an even bigger budget for 2018; Brambles said it will invest US$7 million more than planned this coming year, bringing its total pot to US$17 million (A$21.4 million).

The company did not provide much detail on where the extra money would go, apart from into “smart asset and data analytics” works.

Recent job postings indicate a focus around “deep data science techniques”, IoT and cloud, as well as creating proof-of-concepts that enable the company to engage on innovation projects with its customers.

The Inconvenient Conference – August 29th AUT Business School

We are living through a period of unprecedented change. It’s mighty inconvenient for business as usual, but full of opportunity. Now’s the time for your business to get ahead.

  • Discover four key trends that will create massive change – and opportunity – for your business.
  • Pick up tools, practical advice and creative ideas in workshops.
  • Watch an exclusive screening of An Inconvenient Sequel, the follow-up to Al Gore’s award-winning documentary on climate change.

Four key trends:

  • Smarter transport
  • Millennials
  • Circular economy
  • Vitality of water

Speakers include:

  • Tim Flannery, internationally-acclaimed conservationist and former Australian of the Year
  • Lewis Perkins, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, USA (via video)
  • Paul Young, Generation Zero
  • Shruthi Vijayakumar, Inspiring Stories
  • Rod Oram, business journalist

Tickets can be obtained via Eventbrite

New Zealand EV choice increasing – Hyundai IoniQ

Ioniq – Hyundai EV

Have spent the past 2 days down in Christchurch which is going through a lot of change as a result of the 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes .

Whilst enroute to a meeting I saw the new EV and Hybrid IONIQ models from Hyundai.

The Hyundai IONIQ EV is 100% electric has a 200km+ range and most importantly comes with a 10 year / unlimited kilometer high voltage battery warranty*

*The caveat is for commercial users like taxi and ride-sharing services such as Uber where the warranty drops to 3 year/100,000 km. (This is still pretty reasonable).

More and more Tesla’s and Nissan Leaf’s are starting to populate the streets of New Zealand and the EV charging network is starting to mature across the country.

I think households who have more than one car for family reasons will start looking at EV options for the second or third car.

A key for the uptake is for more public rapid charging stations to get located near malls and parking complexes. In the IONIQ case a Public Rapid Charging station will allow an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Smart City and IOT ANZ Limited will profile all the EV’s coming to the NZ market in a special feature later this month.



Customers – they pay your bills

Customers don’t care about market share. They care about the customer reviews.

Customers don’t care about brand positioning. They care about solving their need.

Customers don’t care about channels. They care about shopping anywhere.

Customers don’t care about org chart. They care about kindness and respect.

Customers don’t care about legacy systems. They care about same day shipping.

Customers don’t care about internal acronyms. They care about talking in human language.

Customers don’t care about cool offices. They care about search ranking.

Customers don’t care about the banner ads. They care about not being interrupted.

Customers don’t care about departments. They care about having a one-to-one relationship.

To be customers centric, we need to think, feel and act like customers.

We need to change business metrics to customer metrics.

We need to break off with channel mentality to focus on experiences.

We need to get rid of internal acronyms to use human language.

We need to stop interrupting and start engaging.

This is very key when developing Smart City planning that people are kept at the forefront of everything. Technology is the enabler of many of these initiatives. Start with what outcomes you want to achieve and how the community will benefit from the changes.


Smart Street Lighting Auckland

As Auckland prepares to upgrade its lighting systems here is a look at what is going on in the US.

The global installation of smart street lights is expected to go through tremendous growth over the next decade, according to a new report from Navigant Research, up from an install base of 6.3 million in 2017 to nearly 73 million in 2026.

Published this week by clean technology analyst company Navigant Research, the new report, Smart Street Lighting for Smart Cities, analyzes the evolution of smart street lighting technology and market trends across the globe, and provides a forecast for the future development and spread of the technology. The report concludes that LEDs are now the standard replacement for legacy street lighting in most cities around the world, and smart controls are beginning to become more widespread and, according to Navigant, “are increasingly installed alongside LED deployments.”

Many cities around the globe are likely in and have been in a lengthy process of replacing existing street lighting with new, more efficient lighting — not just to meet energy efficiency standards, but because the economics makes sense. LEDs are obviously the most obvious option, but the new Navigant report explains that smart controls only currently account for 2% of the installed base of street lighting in 2017, and is “not being adequately exploited.”

However, that is likely to change, according to the report, with the installed base of smart street lighting expected to grow from its current level of only 6.3 million worldwide, to an impressive 73 million by 2026.

“With LEDs established as the technology of choice for street lighting upgrades, the next frontier for smart street lighting networks involves rapidly increasing deployments of controls technology and a transition to being utilized as a broader platform for smart city innovations,” said Ryan Citron, research analyst at Navigant Research. “Sensors and other technologies are being added to smart street lighting networks to offer a multitude of new city services, including gunshot detection, air quality monitoring, electric vehicle (EV) charging, traffic management, and smart parking, among others.”

Obviously, there are many driving factors behind the current economy of smart street lighting. Widespread acceptance of LED lighting has been driven by significant cost declines and improvements in lighting quality — a surprisingly misunderstood development, with LEDs reaching a point where they can now provide the necessary yellow-lighting necessary for street lights. A year ago, Cree highlighted this need with the introduction of new RSW LED Street Luminaire lighting system, the first of a new generation of lighting which is not only energy efficiency but provided the warm color temperature most needed for street lighting.

“Cree is committed to providing better light experiences by continuing to unlock the true potential of LED technology,” said Norbert Hiller, executive vice president of lighting at Cree, at the time. “Cree’s RSW Series ensures residents will no longer have to live with the glare of street lights in their homes at night, saving municipalities time and energy while reducing resources allocated to managing residential complaints about harsh street lighting.”

The Navigant report explains that installing smart controls is cheapest when done in conjunction with new LED installations, which explains why the adoption of smart controls is still lagging behind, somewhat. But smart street lighting could be a vital tool for cities looking to adapt to future energy efficiency requirements. But there are unsurprisingly still several barriers. Navigant Research highlights these concerns: “Easing citizen concerns about surveillance and privacy intrusions, the legacy street light ownership model still present in some jurisdictions, departmental siloes, the complexity of multi-application projects, and the need to raise upfront capital are all challenges for the smart street lighting market.”

Looking forward, Navigant predicts that Europe will have the largest installed base of smart street lighting of any region, followed by Asia Pacific and North America. The share of smart street lighting is expected to grow from 2% of the installed base of all street lighting in 2017 up to just over 20% by 2026. Navigant also predicts that the global market for smart street lighting will be worth $610 million in 2017, and grow to $6.9 billion in 2026

Internet of Things (IoT) revolution continues across ANZ

The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is here, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Gartner has predicted that an estimated 25 billion connected things will be in use by 2020. According to BCG, this will mean $267 billion will be spent on IOT technologies, products and services. To put this staggering growth in another perspective, IoT sensors and devices are expected to exceed mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018.

Harnessing the power of the IoT will be crucial to future success. Sixty-five percent of 1000 global business executives surveyed say they agree that organisations that leverage IoT will have a significant advantage. But 19% still say they have never heard of it. Put yourself in a position to take advantage of the IoT with this primer on the latest trends and applications.

The current state of IoT

The Internet of Things had existed before you had probably even heard of the term. In 2008 there were already more “things” connected to the Internet than there were people. By 2015, IoT market size was up to $900 million, and this is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by 2020.

Virtually every sector has started harnessing the power of the IoT. Adoption rates vary, but significant results are being achieved in manufacturing, distribution, logistics and marketing. Currently, most “smart” devices aren’t in your home or your phone. They are in factories and offices. But smart homes will become an increasingly significant part of the industry over the next few years. It’s estimated that by 2019, 1.9 billion connected home devices totalling around $490 billion in revenue will be shipped to consumers.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the rate of growth is going to slow anytime soon. Only 0.06% of things that could be connected to the internet actually are. That means just 10 billion of the 1.5 trillion things that currently exist are connected—leaving plenty of room for new IoT innovations.

The latest trends in IoT

As adoption of IoT continues to surge, a handful of trends have begun emerging that will shape the industry in 2017 and beyond. Below are six trends you should be watching out for.

  • Businesses will deliver more services: Expect services, not products, to become the main revenue streams of companies in the IoT industry. Products will become a way of introducing consumers to the broader (and more lucrative) service.
  • Cities will get smarter: In the same way that smart technology is improving homes, expect smart systems such as street lights, parking machines and public transport to provide safer, more cost-effective solutions to cities.
  • Voice commands will dominate: We are already seeing the popularity of Amazon’s Echo, and Google and Microsoft are also developing speech-activated virtual assistants. Expect even more focus on audio commands to occur in 2017.
  • Security will improve, but so will attacks: The question of security will become more prominent as attacks on connected devices grow. Security will improve, but so will the number of data breaches.
  • Smart homes will become the standard: The adoption rate of smart home technology hasn’t been substantial, but expect growth to quicken as products such as the Echo increase in popularity.
  • Global corporations will dominate: Corporate giants such as Samsung, Google and Intel will dominate every aspect of the IoT, either by buying up specialised companies or through their own research departments.

The global B2B opportunity of IoT

The IoT will create the biggest opportunities for business to business applications. This is despite coverage of IoT  focusing on consumer products. According to research by McKinsey Global Institute, nearly $4 trillion worth of economic value could be generated by 2025 from B2B activity (factories, offices and agriculture) alone.

B2B opportunities will also be far greater in the developing world than other aspects of IoT. Advanced nations can expect to gain over 60% of the economic impact of IoT on average. This will be even more disproportionate in some settings such as homes, where advanced economies can expect over three-quarters of the economic impact. But because most of the economies of developing countries focus on manufacturing, they will be hotbeds for IoT adoption. As a result, the benefits of IoT will be shared much more equally between advanced and developing economies.

The key benefits of IoT for leaders

As with any other form of revolutionary technology, the IoT offers a wealth of benefits for those leaders who can harness its power.

  • Innovative business models: A wealth of user data will give rise to innovative new business models that have the potential to completely change market shares. It is already happening in the form of app-based transport-as-a-service providers such as Uber. As companies are better able to track how and where consumers are interacting with their products these new revenue streams will become even more proliferate.
  • Optimised operations: Smart devices can learn and improve operations in a way that humans can’t. Integrated sensors will capture data that can be used to improve efficiency and predict when maintenance issues may arise.
  • Improved inventory tracking and management: Smart devices will allow businesses the opportunity to completely automate inventory management; allowing staff time to focus on more demanding tasks.
  • More connected remote workers: If every device in an organisation is connected to the same network, employees will be able to work remotely like never before. Tasks that previously had to be completed in person, such as machine operations, will now be possible from anywhere in the world.

Essential IoT skills

Leveraging the power of IoT requires a highly specialised and in-demand skill set. Hiring the right talent will be key to your success. But you’ll also need to cultivate your enterprise’s culture in order to remain on the cutting edge of this constantly evolving industry.  Here are the essential IoT skills that you need to add to your team.

  • Security engineering: The more connected your business becomes, the more at-risk you are to cyber attacks. Data breaches have become increasingly common, and consumer awareness of data security is growing every day. A talented cyber security team is crucial to protect yours and your customer’s data.
  • Big data analysts: As the wealth of available data grows, data scientists are in increasingly high demand. The rate at which your company can pivot and improve will depend on how well you can analyse big data.
  • Machine learning: The smarter your products and systems are, the more likely you are to succeed. Hire data scientists who can create machine learning algorithms that will help devices make predictions and take action as a result of pattern identification.
  • Circuit design: Computer chip design and development will need to be adapted as smart devices gain new capabilities. Being able to create increasingly complex circuit boards more efficiently gives businesses a much-needed advantage.

Key challenges of IoT

Executives won’t be surprised to hear that this level of technological change is not without hurdles. How you react to and overcome these challenges will determine the success of your business.

Organisational alignment

To succeed on a global scale, organisations will need to completely rethink company structure and job roles. IT will no longer be a department; it will be a role that spans the entire organisation. Intra-departmental collaboration will need to be encouraged as big data connects sales, marketing and logistics more tightly than ever.


In the same way that teams will need to change how they work together, devices will also need to communicate more efficiently to realise the full benefits that IoT offers. Increased interoperability between devices has the potential to add $4 trillion to the economy. But the vast majority of “smart” devices used at the moment only communicate with the manufacturer. It’s estimated that 40-60% of the IoT’s total economic value won’t be realised until interoperability is improved.


Greater connectivity exposes businesses to extremely high risks of cyber attacks. Everyone of a business’ millions of connected devices and sensors is a potential entry point for hackers, and one attack can bring down an entire company. But it’s not just break-ins that executives need to be concerned about. Risk from the black market of fake sensors and video data could be worth more than $5 billion by 2020. Cybersecurity is currently less than 1% of the total security budget for enterprises. This will need to increase significantly in the future.

IoT has the power to transform industries and revolutionise the way businesses use data. The ability to harness IoT’s opportunities will give global leaders an enormous competitive advantage. But leaders need to cultivate the right set of skills within their team, and a data-driven mindset, to transform this opportunity into reality.

EV fast charging – Blockchain and IoT – Singapore

Singapore Startup Blockchainfirst on Jan. 26 launched a blockchain-enabled EV/multi-purpose charging station that accommodates electric cars, motorbikes and bicycles. The “Ethan BIoT Charging Station,” as it’s been dubbed, is the first of a planned series of blockchain-enabled commercial products the company intends to introduce this year.

Intended for use by by governments (B2C), companies (B2B/B2C) and individuals (P2P), Ethan BioT Charging Stations have four main features, Blockchainfirst founder Juergen Schaar explains in a Jan. 26 news report:

  • Fast-charging of electric vehicles (EVs) “Type 2 IEC 61851–1” e.g. BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf
  • Charging of electric motorbikes and bicycles
  • Payment with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, either via a standard Wallet App e.g. Jaxx or via RFID/NFC Card
  • An optional, built-in IoT OIracle with as many as six sensors for capturing environmental data, such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2), temperature, humidity, acoustics, light and pressure.

Several distinct modules and components go into manufacturing of Blockchainfirst’s Ethan BIoT Charging Stations:

  • A charging controller for the charging cycle and communication with the car
  • Electrical components e.g. relays, power supply, etc.
  • An industrial Ethan BIoT© Device
  • The optional IoT Oracle for capturing environmental data.

At the system’s core is a custom-designed industrial SOC (System On Chip) with cryptographic functions built in.

The Singapore-based blockchain product/systems developer and consulting company introduced a set of Ethan BIoT devices at International Blockchain Week 2016 in Shanghai. This included a connected remote control gate/door opener, vending machine (candy), smart electricity meter and light bulb, Schaar noted.

Positive feedback received from exhibition/conference participants, the blockchain development community and others served to confirm Blockchainfirst’s belief that the organization was on the right track. That led the company to invest more in developing practical, easy-to-use blockchain-enabled products, Schaar recounted.

Blockchainfirst isn’t the first to introduce a blockchain-enabled electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Germany’s launched a beta version of its Share&Charge peer-to-peer (P2P) EV charging station and mobile app last September.

Both Blockchainfirst and used the Ethereum platform to develop their EV charging station blockchains.

Ultimately, we aim to extend this concept to bring value to operators of mobility services, to easily share or rent their mobility assets, including energy, parking spots, and eventually even the vehicles themselves co-founder and COO Stephan Tual

…and for Distributed Energy Microgrids

Innovators are combining blockchain and IoT tech elsewhere in the power-energy sector, particularly in the distributed energy-microgrid market space. ¨The earliest adopters of blockchain will likely not be utilities, but other stakeholders,” Navigant Research principal research analysts and report authors Stuart Ravens and Neil Strother wrote in recently released market research.

“At present, those leading the research into blockchain are the owners of distributed energy resources (DER) and startups seeking to sell directly to them.¨

One promising application is using blockchain apps, smart contracts and distributed databases to integrate distributed energy resources into micro- and larger power grids, E7 Ventures founder and CEO David Cohen explained in a Microgrid Media interview.

¨Blockchain technology can be used to synchronize both real-time pricing signals for fast-response grid services with real time phasor control systems in order to balance microgrid operations with the distribution system and wholesale market operations,¨ Cohen said.

¨In essence, blockchain can provide the visibility and accountability to enable transactive energy systems by integrating both electrical, ‘cyberphysical’ and financial systems.”

Employers and Manufacturers Association Conference – Auckland NZ

I will be spending this Friday at the EMA Digi_X event talking about the Internet of Things to a sold out conference.

As one of the recognised disruptors in the NZ market I hope to be able to bring some information that can help technology in NZ jump from 3rd biggest industry to challenge that of farming and tourism.

Everybody is talking about how there’s an “Uber-for-everything”. And if there isn’t one now, there’s about to be and it could drastically kill your market share.

From robot lawyers to chat bots to immersive 3D shopfronts and workplaces – big change is happening everywhere.  These technology shifts will highlight opportunities for new revenue streams, help reduce costs and future proof your competitive advantage.  Some of these technologies can be inexpensive and easily integrated.We must fundamentally reshape our perspective on what our organisational structures should look like. We need to assess  our talent capability, supply chain structure and also realign our business model to focus on future customer demands.

We are lucky enough to have expert speakers from IBM, Amazon Web Services, Air New Zealand, Thinxtra and Goat Ventures, to name a few, who will discuss exactly that, including:

  • Digitally enabled supply chain – the key to the ultimate customer experience
  • Transitioning from physical business to digital enterprise – the hurdles between you and the finish line
  • Creating rich product experiences – customer immersion in Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Real-time is the internet of things – not just what, but when
  • Seamless Customer Experiences – Evolving to Omni-channel
  • If it’s obvious, it could be time for artificial intelligence
  • Using access to grow your business – mobility for your teams
  • Designing experiences for your customers not users

With all this talk about disruption and innovation, digital is no longer just about front-facing websites and marketing. It is about every aspect of your business: what you do, how you do it and which tools will actually help you reach your goals.


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