Need WiFi? Look in the trash, says Sharjah

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Expect to see people hanging around garbage bins to use the WiFi signal now

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but in Sharjah, everyone can benefit from garbage. The emirate has launched a set of new connected public garbage bins with open WiFi signals.

Designed and built by BigBelly, a provider of bin solutions in the US, the 10 new units represent the first phase of a months-long installation plan, to roll out several hundreds of wi-fi bins across Sharjah and the UAE, waste management company Bee’ah said in a statement.

Public WiFi

The solar-powered bins in the Heart of Sharjah are, have been installed in partnership with telecom provider Du and investment firm Shurooq. More bins will soon be installed across the UAE in public locations with high a footfall – perhaps even around the Burj Khalifa.

Sensors detect when the bins are full and alert Bee’ah’s cleaning and collections service division. The bins’ solar panels also provide energy to an internal compactor, which allows the bins to collect five times more refuse, before needing to be emptied.

Environmental capital

“This is in line with Sharjah’s vision and aim to become the environmental capital of the Middle East,” says Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah.

The company is among the first in the world to deploy the technology. The new solar bins complement Bee’ah’s recently launched Tandeef Smart Eco-fleet, comprising low-noise electric vehicles and vehicles that use compressed natural gas to reduce the negative impact of CO2 emissions.