Internet-enabled, bomb-proof recycling bin debuts at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
September 11, 2012 by Terence LEE
It looks more like a futuristic supercomputer than a pedestrian trash can. Internet-enabled and built like a mini bank vault, this new recycling bin from London-based Renew Solution is making its presence felt at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Costing a hefty USD 40,000 each, the bin was set up last week to mark a six-month trial. If things go well for the company, more of these smart bins could be deployed in the integrated resort, and possibly other shopping malls, airports, and train stations. Chris O’Conner, CFO of Renew, emphasizes that nothing has been confirmed so far, as talks are still ongoing.
I won’t be surprised if the company gets some contracts signed. Singapore wants to protect its stability and security, since any terrorist attack could adversely affect the country’s economy and investor confidence. But the device isn’t just about addressing the fear of a bomb blast.
Screens on both sides of the sleek-looking bin function as a media channel, displaying the latest news, weather, and stock tickers concisely. The displays also broadcast public service announcements during emergencies. The contraption is hooked up to the Internet via a cable. Wifi and 3G connections are possible.
While each bin is expensive, landowners would, in Renew’s scheme, get it installed free-of-charge in exchange for use of the space. That is the company’s arrangement with the City of London, which has agreed to allow 200 of these devices to be placed in the vicinity. Renew is also exploring a rental option.
Read our earlier feature on Renew Solution and its smart bin.
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