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Smart Sensors and Wireless Connectivity Can Provide a World-Class Waste Management Service

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During the holiday season, or just on busy weekends, you’ve probably gone out for a walk only to be met with overflowing trash bins. It does nothing for the ambiance. Streets marked by litter and noxious smells detract from quality of life and give a poor impression to tourists (to say nothing of the associated health hazards).

It’s an obligation for municipalities and authorities to ensure litter-free streets, of course, but balancing that necessity against increasingly squeezed budgets isn’t easy. Even wealthy cities are struggling to provide basic services, and a large town will typically spend about $15 million per year on waste collection. Ensuring an efficient waste management strategy can result in significant cost reduction—but many cities are left frustrated as they grapple with how to improve efficiency.

Wasted Resources and Intelligent Waste Management
Waste and recycling are typically collected using fixed routes and schedules, without taking into account whether bins are actually full. This can leave trash brimming over in popular commercial locations, with cities incurring additional costs since collection teams must make emergency visits to these areas, even as they waste time at low-volume sites that don’t need attention but are on the scheduled route.

Smart bin sensors and mobile connectivity offer a new way of monitoring collection sites. Sensors can be fitted to any container in a matter of seconds, allowing cities to closely monitor fill data. This monitoring is usually performed by ultrasonic technology that can automatically detect different surfaces and waste types. The collected data is then transmitted wirelessly to the cloud, where it can be used by waste management companies to not only monitor when containers need emptying but also to provide insight into popular locations and usage patterns.

This system essentially allows waste management administrators to create demand-based collection routes, increasing or decreasing collection during weekends or busy seasonal periods, for example, or altering fee scales according to usage. Some sensors can even measure internal temperatures, meaning that garbage bins approaching critical levels can be attended to.

Sensor Technology for a Smart City
Bin sensors are sometimes equipped with SIM cards, which means that they can use existing telecommunications networks to communicate with waste management companies. New sensors connected via low-power wide area technology offer a long-term, cost-effective solution.

In short, IoT sensors provide a better option for cities looking to maintain sustainable, connected growth. And despite being non-mission-critical, data from these devices is still collected in near-real-time. Drivers can receive information directly on a tablet or smart device and alter routes on the fly. So, for example, instead of visiting four bins—two of which are 90 percent full, and two of which are only 20 percent full—as would be the case on a traditional route, an optimized route would only require a visit to the two full bins. This cuts the collection route by 50 percent, resulting in significant savings in terms of fuel and driver hours.

Short-term and Long-term Benefits

Smart waste management based on this technology has reduced direct costs by up to 50 percent, and some city projects have seen a total cost reduction of up to 80 percent, including significant savings on fuel, driver hours, and equipment wear and tear, not to mention lower exhaust emissions, a reduced carbon footprint, and a cleaner, healthier environment for citizens. As each sensor is equipped with GPS tracking, the exact location of every container is always known as well, preventing lost and stolen bins, which can add up to a significant annual cost for municipalities.

Nor does it end there. Over time, data can be analyzed further, providing a benchmark for:

  • Predictive forecasting;
  • Fill level trends and history;
  • Insight into weights and volumes of trash over specified time periods; and
  • Seasonal fluctuations.

In the future, technologies may become even smarter by, say, recognizing different types of trash, thus predicting the value of recyclables at each location, or even using social media to broadcast their status, allowing citizens to choose which locations they will use when recycling.

For municipalities moving towards smart city status, such intelligent monitoring can transform waste management policies, not only reducing monetary costs and strain on time and resources, but creating a world-class environment for citizens and visitors alike.

Co-Star the UK based distributor to the ICT industry supply the full range of Sierra Wireless Gateways to make connected smart city initiatives a reality.

Co-Star Enhance FAKRA Range With The Addition Of Right Angle Connectors

img_1424Co-Star the Harrogate based global supplier to the ICT industry have enhanced their range of FAKRA connectors with the addition of Right Angle versions which are designed to simplify the crimping process for end user and put less strain on the cable when installed.

The FAKRA connectors are colour coded to differentiate the application:

To connect the FAKRA connectors you simply need to strip the coaxial cable and locate the inner conductor (centre core) in the gold coloured channel in the connector and than secure it using the threaded cap and crimp the barrel using a crimp tool to complete the process.

FAKRA connectors are widely used to connect antennas to communication devices on the latest vehicles.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented:

The technology in the latest  connected car’s is now more sophisticated than a modern office so the connectors and cabling required to connect the latest telematics and Wi-Fi equipment need to be capable of transmitting very high levels of data. Co-Star work with vehicle  manufactures and Telematics companies so are always early adopters of the latest connectors and cabling on the market. We have just launched a range of HSD connectors which are used on the latest German vehicles and have extended our range of FAKRA connectors and adaptors.

Source: Co-Star

Co-Star Exports Rocket in September

 

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Co-Star the Harrogate UK based supplier to the ICT industry have taken a record number of export orders from countries located all over the World in September to help boost the UK’s GDP.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented “In one day we took orders from: Ghana, South Korea, Australia, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and the USA which is a record for us and a very exciting development for the company. We react very quicky to enquiries and can get orders delivered within days to countries including; Australia and the USA which has helped us develop good relationships with our global customers and has lead to repeat business”.

Co-Star distribute and manufacture products used in the Mobile Communications Industry for IoT, M2M, Telematics and Mobile Data applications.

Tim Cosgrove added “We are lucky to work in such a vibrant industry that is always presenting us with new opportunities to develop products and solutions. We have worked on some cutting edge projects with some of our customers including; Autonomous transport and connected vehicles which helps us ride the wave of new technologies and stay at the forefront of the latest developments”.

urce: Co-Star

 

 

AT&T and Sierra Wireless Pilot LTE-M Modules for Internet of Things

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Sierra Wireless and AT&T* will pilot next generation LTE-M network technologies this fall. The pilot will spur LTE network connections for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The Sierra Wireless LTE-M module will support the AT&T pilot with several technology leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area in November.

LTE-M technology works specifically with IoT devices, such as smart meters, mHealth and wearables. AT&T plans to make the technology commercially available in 2017.

LTE-M technology benefits IoT:

  • Lower costs for gateway modules to the LTE network
  • Longer battery life; 10+ years for enabled IoT devices
  • Better LTE coverage underground and in building areas that challenge existing coverage

“Our work with Sierra Wireless will help drive the benefits of LTE-M to a broad range of businesses and industries,” said Chris Penrose, SVP, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Our customers that use industrial, Smart Cities and wearable solutions are eager to tap into these new tools.”

“Millions of new IoT devices and services require low-power, low-cost cellular connectivity, which Low Power Wide Area technologies like LTE-M are designed to deliver,” said Dan Schieler, SVP, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “This pilot will show how LTE-M will connect a new generation of IoT applications.”

Sierra Wireless AirPrime® LTE-M modules, part of the industry-leading HL Series, are expected be commercially available in the first half of 2017. The HL Series uses the CF3™ form factor, which is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies. And it’s fully interchangeable with current and future modules, according to Sierra Wireless.

For more information about AT&T IoT services and support, go towww.att.com/iot.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

 
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Source: Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless wins GSMA Asia Award for best Mobile Technology Breakthrough

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Project mangOH™ open hardware reference designs for IoT recognized for technology innovation at Mobile World Congress Shanghai
Sierra Wireless  have announced that mangOH™ Open Hardware for IoT won the GSMA’s Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough – Asia Award at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

mangOH is the industry’s only open hardware purpose built for cellular, with industrial-grade components that can be used to manufacture connected products. From idea, to prototype, to production, mangOH reference designs provide industrial-grade sensor-to-cloud platforms for building wireless IoT solutions. Designs are published under a business-friendly open source license, which allows IoT developers to prototype and test ideas in days instead of months, with minimal investment. Just as the Mini Card standard simplified development for the laptop, tablet, and networking industry, mangOH provides plug and play hardware for IoT developers.

“We are truly honoured to receive this award, which recognizes our technology leadership in IoT and our continuous efforts to innovate,” said Philippe Guillemette, Chief Technology Officer at Sierra Wireless. “Project mangOH provides IoT developers with open source, ready-to-use, extensible hardware that also leverages our open source Legato™ software framework. Turning IoT concepts into reality is now at everyone’s fingertips, in a matter of weeks instead of months. We believe that using and creating open source technologies is mandatory for realizing IoT’s potential.”

“We extend our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees at our first Asia Mobile Awards here at Mobile World Congress Shanghai,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The AMOs recognise everything from game-changing mobile devices and technologies to applications and services available in all Asian markets, but perhaps more importantly, they underscore the hugely positive impact of mobile communications for people, business and society. Many thanks to all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2016 Asia Mobile Awards.”

The Asia Mobile Awards are the sister awards programme to the Glomos – or Global Mobile Awards – the mobile world’s leading stage for industry recognition.  They are designed to honour achievement, excellence and innovation in mobile communications across the dynamic and incredibly diverse Asia-wide region. Awards are presented across five categories, including Best Mobile Apps, Connected Lifestyle, Mobile Devices, Technology Innovation and Outstanding
Achievement, all of which underscore the extraordinarily positive impact of mobile communications for people, business and society. For more information, visit http://www.asiamobileawards.com.

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Source: Sierra Wireless

Autonomous Lorries to be trialed this year on the M6

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Convoys of driverless lorries head for the motorway

Automated lorries connected by wireless technology will be trialed on British motorways this year under government plans to be announced in this week’s budget designed to speed up deliveries and cut congestion.

Steering, acceleration and braking will be controlled by the lead driver but all trucks will have an operator in the cab in case of an emergency.

The chancellor is preparing to fund a trial of driverless HGVs as part of a technological revolution on the roads.

The trial is set to take place on the M6 near Carlisle , which could result in convoys of up to ten computer-controlled lorries being driven just metres apart.

Britain is one of the countries at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development and the announcement in next week’s budget is expected to be part of a wider funding boost for research into driverless and connected vehicles.

The move is aimed at improving safety, cutting fatalities and easing congestion on a motorway network already stretched to capacity.

Source: Tim Cosgrove Co-Star


Industry-leading AirLink® GX450 Mobile Gateway from Sierra Wireless now supports advanced vehicle telemetry


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New functionality allows large organizations and fleet management solution providers to rapidly develop applications that reduce operating costs, streamline operations and increase efficiency

Sierra Wireless have released an advanced fleet management feature to support the company’s industry-leading AirLink® GX450 mobile gateway, allowing it to collect OBD-II vehicle telemetry data. This added functionality will enable large organizations and fleet management solution providers to rapidly develop applications to monitor vehicle health and performance, helping them reduce costs, streamline operations and increase efficiency.

Managing a vehicle-based workforce involves a large group of stakeholders, including operations, IT and fleet management. By combining mobile networking and rich vehicle telematics onto a single platform that gathers and reports vehicle diagnostic data directly to applications, this new feature will simplify and centralize vehicle management across an organization. Organizations will no longer need to purchase a separate in-vehicle telematics platform to gather and monitor vehicle health data.

“We added advanced, easy-to-use telemetry to the AirLink® GX450 to enable customers to simplify the adoption of vehicle telemetry solutions, including the ability to leverage their existing investment in fleet communications equipment,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless.

Clevest, a leading provider of mobile workforce management solutions for utilities, has worked closely with Sierra Wireless through the development of the AirLink GX450’s vehicle telemetry feature to produce a complete workforce management and vehicle monitoring solution.

“Our mobile workforce platform is tightly integrated with AirLink gateways,” says Edna Menon, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Clevest. “With the GX450 telemetry feature, our utility customers can take advantage of robust vehicle diagnostic capabilities, in addition to the reliability and ease-of-use of our integrated solutions.”

The AirLink GX450 vehicle telemetry uses an optional OBD-II accessory to collect vehicle diagnostic data and send it to a remote server using an open messaging protocol (MQTT). Vehicle telemetry is ideal for applications in public safety, utilities, emergency and field services, and is designed for large organizations or fleet management solution providers that have the in-house resources to develop their own vehicle monitoring applications. For more information on the AirLink GX450 mobile gateway, visit: http://www.sierrawireless.com/products-and-solutions/gateway-solutions/airlink/.

Co-Star supply the full range of Sierra Wireless gateways. To bring the Internet-of-Things to life and help you get the full potential from your AirLink gateway we are offering a FREE 1 year Airlink Clound Management Licence (ALMS) with every Sierra AirLink ordered until the end of May 2016. Please click here for more information>