The Internet of Things meets cell phone recycling
when environment join force with technology and vice and versa.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The Internet of Things — where all objects and machines are connected — can help make devices and systems more energy efficient and can also help track objects and gadgets to their end of life, whether that’s to a landfill or to a new user. Here is a real-world business example of the latter: A startup that builds kiosks for recycling cell phones, called ecoATM, is partnering with machine-to-machine (M2M) networking company Axeda.
EcoATM, which was one of the winners at our Green:Net 2010 competition, is using Axeda’s wireless software sensor platform to connect its growing amount of kiosks and provide the startup with diagnostics and remote management. EcoATM’s VP of engineering, John Beane, told me in an interview that ecoATM turned to Axeda because the M2M software can help the company do remote software refreshes on its kiosks, and it can also fix any problems with the kiosks without having to send a technician in person out to each kiosk, which saves time and money.
Axeda, which I put on my “12 smart grid startups to watch in 2012″ post, essentially creates the intelligence in the cloud that can monitor and manage the connectivity and sensors in devices and buildings in real time. Back in November the company’s software was crunching about 10,000 transactions per second, though that number is supposed to quadruple over the coming year as more and more devices are connected.