Sensoneo, a Slovakian provider of smart waste management solutions, has been testing its waste fill-level sensors in several locations across the U.S. for the past few weeks to ensure full readiness of the devices for NB-IoT networks, the company said in a statement.
“We are happy to see the launch of the narrowband IoT network by T-Mobile. It is a very important milestone and a great opportunity to drive smart solutions that enable the tracking and optimization of equipment in different industries, leading to improved health and safety, reduced costs and improved efficiency,” said Lubos Tuma, CEO of Sensoneo.
“We feel very proud to be one of the very first vendors who have tested their devices on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network. The Sensoneo Quatro Sensor, dedicated to monitoring fill-levels in bins of different types and sizes, proved to be fully compatible with the network and is ready for installation anywhere in the U.S.; bringing both economic and ecological benefits to customers.”
The solution combines ultrasonic “smart sensors” that monitor waste in real-time using IoT or GSM and software that provides cities and businesses with data-driven decision making and optimization of waste collection routes, frequencies and vehicle loads, the European firm said.
The cloud-based platform enables the customer to configure, monitor and manage daily waste management. In addition to real-time waste monitoring, the tool can also plan the optimal collection routes and semi-automate navigation, Sensoneo said.
Sensoneo produces four types of ultrasonic sensors that are able to monitor any type of waste in bins of various types and sizes. All these sensors are water- and shock-resistant and can be connected to all currently available IoT networks.
The Sensoneo smart waste management solution has been already deployed in 53 locations across Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
On July 19, T-Mobile US launched its NB-IoT service nationwide.
T-Mobile US tested NB-IoT last year and announced aggressive pricing for the service earlier this year, offering NB-IoT connectivity at $6 per device for a year, for up to 12 MB of data. T-Mobile US said that it worked with vendors Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies to deploy the NB-IoT network, and that it already has several Qualcomm NB-IoT modules certified for use on the newly available network.
Verizon has said that it plans to launch an NB-IoT network by the end of this year.In June, AT&T said that it plans to launch an NB-IoT network in the U.S. in early 2019 and Mexico in late 2019, to complement its existing LTE-M networks in those countries.-enterpriseiotinsights