BigBelly Trash Bins | NYC Municiple WiFi Network Pilot

Smart Bins Could Provide Citywide WiFi In NYC


Waste management company Bigbelly is piloting a scheme in New York, using their smart trash cans as vessels for a municipal WiFi network.

We’ve seen initiatives using everything from sidewalk slabs to city buses attempting to create citywide WiFi networks. The New York City waste management company Bigbelly is piloting another solution using a smart trash container system that creates widespread municipal WiFi.


BigBelly’s solar-powered garbage containers and recycling units are already fitted with Qualcomm chips, which automatically inform management when the bins are full or smelly. Now, BigBelly is hoping to persuade municipalities to deploy their WiFi enabled trash bins across cities to provide continuous internet coverage. Since the bins are at street level, they would not be confronted with interference from the city’s tall buildings, and could also be used to display public service announcements and emergency alerts, on top of collecting valuable data for governments.


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2 Responses to BigBelly Trash Bins | NYC Municiple WiFi Network Pilot

  1. “…on top of collecting valuable data for governments.” I was on board until I read this…huh…what kind of data I suppose?

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