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NB-IoT: Where Trash Can Become Treasure

July 15, 2019 / DAN JONES

One of the early commercial deployments of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) in the US is all about trash.Sensoneo's first commercial NB-IoT deployment in North America uses T-Mobile’s nationwide NB-IoT LTE network and Twilio's SIM cards to control monitors called "smart sensors" that sit inside dumpsters in cities across Colorado, Ohio, and California.Michael Basila, CEO and founder of Sensoneo, which has launched the IoT project, says the sensor sends out 53 bytes per data transmission and the low-power system's battery lasts for years. “The monitor has to survive in the dumpster... You don't want to change the battery every year," says Basila.