Smart Wi-Fi bins to be rolled out across UAE

They also come equipped with sensors to detect when the bin is full

Sharjah’s environmental and waste management company Bee’ah is introducing solar-powered bins across Sharjah that will act as hotspots, in line with the UAE’s Innovation Week, which seeks to promote and encourage the finest ideas on innovation from government and private sectors, as well as the public.

Designed and built by BigBelly, provider of bin solutions in the US, the units are being rolled out starting in Sharjah, following an MoU with Bee’ah, where the company committed to several hundred Wi-Fi bins to be deployed across Sharjah and the UAE in prominent locations as soon as early 2016.

This will make Sharjah the first location in the Middle East to have smart bin technology with Wi-Fi hotspot in parallel with leading cities such as London and New York.

The innovative smart bins will act as Wi-Fi hotspots and are double streamed for increased solar capacity. They also come equipped with sensors to detect when the bin is full, and communicates with the Bee’ah control room allowing its team to make the necessary collection in an efficient and eco-friendly way.

The solar panels provide the energy required to operate the compactor, which allows the bins to collect five times more trash before needing to be emptied.

Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah, said: “The smart Wi-Fi bins are a step forward in environmental innovation, optimally merging efficiency and utility. The fact that Sharjah will be the region’s first location to offer them is a testament to our Emirate’s growing status as an environmental capital of the Middle East.”

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, said: “At Bee’ah, our top priority is innovation to augment the quality of life among communities in Sharjah and the UAE. How we manage waste is one of the most important challenges of our time. Smart solar-powered technology can change our lives”.

Bee’ah’s waste collection division, Tandeef, consists of 2,000 employees operating a fleet of more than 500 vehicles.

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