The Internet of Things meets cell phone recycling
when environment join force with technology and vice and versa.
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…
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