Solar-powered ‘smart trash bin’ installed in Japan

Huis Ten Bosch Co Ltd in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, and Nippon Systemware (NSW) Co Ltd have installed a “smart trash bin” equipped with solar cells and a communication device in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park on a trial basis.

The trash bin is a product of BigBelly Solar Inc, and NSW sells it as a sales agent for the Japanese market. It compresses trash by using solar electricity, measures the amount of trash with sensors and transmits the data in real time.

The collected data is analyzed to streamline trash collecting operations and cut costs by optimizing collection frequency, personnel placement, locations of trash bins, etc.

Huis Ten Bosch uses advanced technologies including a robot staffer at the Henna (Weird) Hotel in the theme park. The company is also planning to develop an “exciting trash bin” based on the results of the verification project.

NSW supplied equipment and built the test environment. Through the verification test, it said it aims to build up knowhow to create smart cities.

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