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Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:21

Fujitsu Australia to sell Eyefi smart drain and smart waste products


Fujitsu will market, implement and support local vendor Eyefi's IIoT product suite in Australia and New Zealand, with a focus on the problem of overflowing waste bins and flooded street drains.

Eyefi's smart sensors and cloud software detect rising water in stormwater pits and alerts maintenance crews.

This helps locate blockages, enabling a quick response before flooding occurs.

Instead of making routine field inspections, "asset managers can now have the information they need in just a click, and as often as needed. This is a proactive approach that drives down costs, makes better use of human resources and further reduces the risk of flooding," said Eyefi CEO Simon Langdon.

Trials of the technology conducted in collaboration with Fujitsu and infrastructure manager Downer Group showed it significantly reduced operational costs and reduced the impact of flooding.

Eyefi is now available as a service for Fujitsu's government and industry customers in Australia and New Zealand.

"Delivering on our commitment to building a sustainable future through smart communities, we've partnered with Eyefi to develop innovative smart drain and smart waste solutions that will now become part of our emerging technologies business and offered to all of our customers in Australia and New Zealand," said Fujitsu Oceania head of workforce and workspace portfolio Sundar Viswanathan.

Eyefi has also developed a similar system to detect overflowing public waste bins.

Eyefi smart waste

It not only notifies collection crews when bins are becoming full, it also generates an optimal route between the bins that need emptying.

This technology was successfully trialed in Melbourne and in New Zealand.

"Our technology partner Eyefi further enhanced the smart units to provide an alert system to the collector so that they are emptied on demand not on a schedule," said New Zealand's Packaging Forum program manager Lyn Mayes.

The system can be applied to a variety of bin types, and to general waste and recyclables such as bottles, textiles, plastics, cardboard and metal.

Eyefi and Fujitsu are seeking to expand the smart waste network in Australia and New Zealand.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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