Hello – my name is Smarty and I am a smart bin
In the waste scenario, the ALMANAC Smart City Platform integrates sensor data on fill levels from waste containers and notifies the driver if thresholds are reached, offering an update of the collection route to solve the issue.

Issues, such as abandoned garbage, reported by citizens on their smartphones will also notify the system and link the issue to existing collection routes.

In the water scenario, the user applications for smart metering were showcased, demonstrating how meters report and show consumption data to utilities and consumers.

"Consumers are more empowered and can now monitor their water consumption live on their smartphones, thereby realising how much water they actually use when doing the dishes, having a bath or watering the garden," says Thomas Gilbert, Software/ICT Engineer at the Alexandra Institute.

The capability of the ALMANAC system to quickly detect water leakage was also demonstrated by the platform, delivering push notifications whenever water was consumed continuously over a selected period.

"The strength of ALMANAC lies in detecting water leaks, especially in people's own homes, thereby preventing water damage and subsequent high bills. Another advantage is that the ALMANAC algorithm for detecting leaks makes it possible to reduce the cost of smart meters considerably, since the meters do not have to have a built-in leak monitoring," explains Thomas Gilbert.

The ALMANAC project is co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609081, objective ICT-2013.1.4 'A reliable, smart and secure Internet of Things for Smart Cities'. Duration: 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2016.

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