M1 Media Release: Smarter solutions with M1’s NB-IoT network

Smarter solutions with M1’s NB-IoT network
·           M1 partners with OTTO and SmartCity to launch Singapore’s first intelligent waste management system, utilising NB-IoT technology
·           Help catalyse Singapore’s transformation towards a Smart Nation


SINGAPORE, 13 November 2017 – M1 Limited (M1), OTTO Waste Systems and SmartCity Solutions today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement the first intelligent waste management system in Singapore, utilising Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology and is a key milestone in support of Singapore’s transformation towards a Smart Nation.

OTTO Group, a leading global waste management solutions organisation, offers comprehensive waste handling related products and services worldwide.

In Singapore, OTTO Waste Systems, a member of worldwide OTTO Group, has chosen to partner with M1, leveraging on its NB-IoT network, the first commercial nationwide in Southeast Asia’s[1], and the second such network worldwide, to introduce intelligence in waste handling across the island. 

With M1’s NB-IoT enabled solutions and IoT platform, ultra-low power consumption fill level sensors attached to OTTO’s trash bin receptacles will send out real-time alerts to SmartCity’s centralised management system when the appropriate level of waste is reached, enabling waste management companies for efficient cleaning and productivity. This allows waste management companies to reduce wasted resources such as manpower and fuel by only clearing containers that require immediate attention, thus improving operational efficiency. The waste data collected can be aggregated and analysed through M1’s data analytics platform to help the company further streamline its operations, such as planning of bins distribution nationwide, waste collection frequency enabling a greener environment.

“We are excited to be in this partnership with OTTO and SmartCity in providing smart waste management solutions nationwide, in the effort to accelerate our journey into a digital society. We look forward to working closely with our technology partners to enable smart IoT solutions nationwide and for global adoption,” said Mr Alex Tan, Chief Innovation Officer, M1.

“The collaboration with M1 using their NB-IoT network is a timely development for us and our customers, who will get to enjoy easy access to useful real-time data for smarter planning and resourcing on waste management nationwide. We also see the potential of such implementations helping consumers to have a greener environment to live in,” said Mr Christopher Lopez, Managing Director, OTTO Waste Systems.

“SmartWaste System is developed especially for waste collection companies in mind whom can greatly benefit from. Extensive research and development were carried out to produce the hardware and the methodology of installation to maximise the accuracy of the measurement in waste level, pollution in the environment and rodent tracking. Through the strategic cooperation with M1 and OTTO, SmartWaste System using NB-IoT network will help companies in achieving greater cost savings and reaching higher productivity,” said, Mr P. Renganathan, Director, SmartCity.

M1 will continue to work with its partners and customers, and engage with IoT experts and experience market ready NB-IoT solutions and devices to support Singapore’s transformation into a Smart Nation.

For more information on M1’s IoT efforts, please visit www.m1.com.sg/iot.

M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit www.m1.com.sg.

[1] GSA July 2017 update: 6 commercial NB-IoT networks: Telus Canada, T-Mobile, Telia Norway, Vodafone Spain, Deutsche Telekom, and Vodacom South Africa (https://gsacm.com/paper/evolution-lte-5g-july-2017-update/)

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