IOTA-based sensor already installed in 8 countries worldwide

  • IOTA-based sensor already installed in 8 countries worldwide.
  • Lidbot is an IoT sensor that is used within Smart Cities for intelligent waste disposal.

The IOTA-based sensor Lidbot sold the first batch of its product at the end of January and met with a huge demand, so that all devices were sold out after only a few days. In cooperation with IOTA, Lidbot has developed an intelligent sensor based on the IOTA tangle. It collects various data within a waste management system and stores them on the Tangle in a tamper-proof manner.

The Lidbot sensor will help waste management companies to monitor the demand of resources in real time and to notify the respective actors as soon as a fill level is reached. This works in the way that the Lidbot is attached to a recycling container, such as a garbage can, and measures the fill level.

As soon as a defined upper limit is reached, the waste disposal company receives a message that the respective container must be emptied. The sensor measures the distance from the bottom to the lid and, according to the company, can turn any waste container into an IoT device.

The sensor functions completely autonomously without the need for any other technical devices, such as a router. Three AA batteries supply the sensor with power for 7 years, so the only cost for maintenance is the replacement of the batteries, provided there are no technical complications.

Lidbot announced a few hours ago that their smart sensors have already been installed in more than 8 countries worldwide with the first batch delivered in January. The sensors are delivered fully assembled, so customers only need to install the batteries and place the Lidbot in the correct position.

The Lidbot was first installed on the holiday island of Sentosa Island in Singapore in order to manage the island’s waste disposal operations completely independently and reliably. The following picture shows the recycling container carrying a Lidbot.


Another innovation from Lidbot is the Lidbot.Robin, a smart waste bin that has a mobile phone connection and can therefore transmit important data to globally networked waste management companies. The Lidbot.Robin is thus perfectly suited for use in a smart city in which all players in waste management, traffic or even public transport function autonomously without human intervention.

By using the IOTA tangle, a lot of time, money and resources can be saved. In the +CityxChange project, which is funded by the European Union, IOTA is already working with other actors to develop the smart city of tomorrow. In the capital of Taiwan as well as in Trondheim (Norway) the concept of the smart city of the future is already being researched and implemented.

IOTA’s complex use cases in industry

IOTA has specialized in becoming the cryptocurrency for machine-to-machine payments. Recently, a PoC was presented where IOTA is used as a means of payment between autonomously flying drones. However, it is also conceivable to use it in an intelligent taxi driver system, where IOTA first verifies all participating drivers to prevent fraud and makes the payment easy and fast.

Experts see a further larger area of application in the development of projects working on the research of a decentralized identity. Around the world, KYC processes swallow up vast amounts of financial and technical resources and continue to pose major challenges for some companies. The digital identity is needed for simple things like opening an account or checking creditworthiness.

Within the framework of the Tangle EE Working Group, the IOTA foundation is already working on the project “Unified Identity”, which aims to build an interoperable trust layer to enable the decentralized identification of people and things.

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