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IoT underpins new waste management approach by Sydney Fish Market Featured

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A consortium of start-ups and more established players say they have identified an innovative way to improve waste management and drive operational efficiencies at Sydney Fish Market using the Internet of Things.  

The initiative is in response to a call to action from the Internet of Things Alliance Australia for industry to showcase real world IoT solutions, and involves a consortium led by KPMG Australia and including Meshed, Solar Bins Australia – Smartsensor, Microsoft and the Commonwealth Bank.

The consortium devised a "smart waste management" solution that uses sensor technology to identify when each rubbish bin requires emptying to prevent overflow and improve operational efficiencies.

Historically, Sydney Fish Market’s bins were emptied by waste management contractors at regular intervals. With real-time monitoring, contractors will be alerted to any waste management issue before it occurs, providing an improved customer experience on the site.

With more than three million visitors a year to the site, Sydney Fish Market general manager Bryan Skepper knows effective site management is vital to remain a competitive tourist destination.  

“The real time reporting of bin capacity enables Sydney Fish Market to better manage its waste streams making it a cleaner and ultimately more environmentally sustainable site. This also produces operational efficiencies, for example when bins are not required to be collected, staff can be redeployed to provide other recycling and cleaning services," he said.
 
“We envisage that the Internet of Things can have other practical applications for Sydney Fish Market such as water and power management to further assist us in our environmental goals.”

KPMG’s National IoT Practice leader, Piers Hogarth-Scott, said: “Our vision for the showcase was to connect physical things within the city and built environment to the Internet of Things and ultimately feed that data into a 'smart city workbench’. This demonstrates the operational hub of a city, and how local government decision makers can use IoT to make cities more liveable, workable, sustainable and efficient.

“We assembled a consortium to demonstrate how IoT can be used by smart cities to help inform decision making and improve city services. Sydney Fish Market was an ideal use case because of the very real physical problem of waste and the immediate improvement this data could make to the precinct.”

The sensors were connected by Meshed to the KPMG-International Towers Barangaroo and UTS LoRaWAN gateways and The Things Network. The data from the sensors feeds into a dashboard produced by Solar Bins Australia’s Smartsensor, providing Sydney Fish Market with near real-time data on bin status, including fill level; bin temperature; sensor battery health and signal strength to the IoT communication gateway.

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