'Internet of things' firm to roll out thousands of waste bin sensors as part of Edinburgh smart city project

An “internet of things” specialist is to provide thousands of sensors for waste containers throughout Edinburgh as part of a smart cities initiative.

North has been appointed by IT and business consulting firm CGI under a five-year contract to support the city council’s plans to transform the capital into one of the world’s leading smart cities.

Driven by CGI’s Smart City Platform, North was selected by the firm to provide the smart waste sensors and related connectivity.

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The project will see North provision some 11,000 smart sensors in waste containers throughout the city. The state-of-the-art technology will enable “clever waste management” by detecting waste levels and predicting usage trends, enabling the council to optimise collection and manage routes more efficiently.

North has been appointed by IT and business consulting firm CGI under a five-year contract to support Edinburgh City Council’s plans to transform the capital into one of the world’s leading smart cities.

The IoT Scotland network will also be used to transmit data for other critical services to enhance the council’s digital vision. In parallel with the waste project, the council will roll-out a “digitally enabled proactive service” for social housing across the city, using the same network.

Scott McEwan, chief commercial officer at North, said: “Edinburgh is one of seven Scottish cities working collaboratively on a smart city programme. The introduction of the Smart City Platform will enable the council to reach its ambitions efficiently and North is proud to accelerate this vision.

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“The use of technology to introduce intelligent waste management services will create a cost-efficient solution to everyday duties, whilst improving the streetscape and health of communities, and increasing sustainability. Working with CGI, the roll-out of the smart waste scheme is an important step that will help Edinburgh reach its ambitions.”

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