Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent
September, 23rd 2010

YouTube Preview Image

IBM employees are curious. We try to seek out relationships that lead to expanding our knowledge in exciting areas of innovation and thought. When we engage with experts from outside our company, we take the time to listen, the time to think, we ask questions. Sometimes we find ourselves in these situations where – if we approach with respect and an open ear – we afford ourselves the opportunity to collaborate, to further the conversation, to build valuable relationships. We are a global network of experts seeking to further our innovative insight through our innate curiosity, our collaborative nature, and our respect for the work and achievements of others.

As an example of this, a handful of IBMers over the last few years have visited the MIT SENSEable City Laboratory in Cambridge Massachusetts to meet with the students and faculty members there, and to learn about some of the innovative projects they have underway. Just as IBM has been exploring how to make our cities more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, the folks at MIT have been investigating and testing their own ideas in a number of cities over the last 6 years. Their projects are fascinating.

One project from the SENSEable Cities Lab that has caught the eye of many IBMers over the past few years is called Trash Track. In a nutshell, this project involved attaching RFID tags to everyday garbage items so that the geographic movement of the trash could be tracked for up to a year depending on variables. An Internet of Things project of sorts based on Location Awareness, with mapping, analytics, and ultimately analysis of the tags as attached to their hosts traveling about — glass, metals, plastics, organic waste etc — this project provided unique and surprising lessons for all involved.

In hearing about this project, IBM Fellow John Cohn agreed to take a trip to the MIT campus — his alma mater — to participate in a discussion with SENSEable Cities Associate Director Assaf Biderman to learn more about Trash Track. This video is the result of that trip, and some of the things we learned that day.


Bookmark and Share

Previous post

Next post

October 2, 2016
2:27 am

This posting is very useful for me. A am happy finding this article.

Posted by: Umroh Khazzanah
January 23, 2016
9:14 am

This post is very simple to read and appreciate without leaving any details out. Great work!

Posted by: venus factor
September 11, 2014
8:22 pm

Often, the item is printed with a motivational message that the
company has been using in their advertising. Gift baskets are now being made for just about every occasion imaginable and for just
about anyone. It also calls attention to the entire staff that the employee has been rewarded.

Posted by:
August 26, 2014
1:03 am

It’s going to be finish of mine day, except before
end I am reading this fantastic post to
improve my know-how.

Posted by: domain
July 2, 2013
10:54 pm

If the long term contract ends “out of the money”, the particular broker is in fact obligated to spend a % with
the principal here we are at your entrepreneur.
It is the exact same premise since the Electronic digital “higher as well as lower” system, except
the expiry period is actually 60 moments by once the business is created.
As stated in the previous document, the majority
of the 60 second options marketplaces are not regulated.
In the ideal earth, people could come out at the top on all of your investments.

Posted by: 60 second options
November 27, 2011
3:10 am

I have read some good stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot effort you put to make this sort of fantastic informative site.

Posted by: sears carpet cleaning specials
September 9, 2011
10:58 pm

Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just too magnificent. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it smart. I cant wait to read far more from you. This is really a wonderful site.

Posted by: Goondoza
October 18, 2010
7:59 pm

In my community, I understand there is a huge deal with moving garbage and recycled materials around from one processing center to another. Although it increases employment, it does not seem prudent to be trucking stuff from point A to point B. Why not just deal with garbage and recycled materials as efficiently as possible at point of origin (i.e. stop trucking it around and polluting the air). Now, what is the added value of tagging garbage with RFID tags if we deal with effective disposal/recycling in the first place!

Posted by: David
September 29, 2010
10:52 am

He’s right, It’s a GREAT time to be a geek! Interacting across disciplines has never be so prevalent as today.

Posted by: Sandy Adam
September 23, 2010
10:30 am

There is a small disconnect in this video between what John Cohn over at IBM says and the experiment from MIT. John makes the ever true remark that electronics are getting smaller and cheaper and therefore if embedded can make objects smarter. Putting intelligence in everyday objects would allow us to get information about their location and condition. What he really means, and the video should have illustrated this better, is that: electronics, let’s call them the ‘avatar chip’ will be populated on things we make as standard industrial biometrics by manufacturers. We will not ‘have a call with the object via cell phone’ to ask about location and condition but rather interact with things intrinsically. For this to happen, we need to work on several levels of technology: 1) the hardware intelligence component to be designed into the object’s fabric, 2) the software component to be pushed to the Cloud for capability, visibility and reach, 3) a new type of infrastructure is needed, that is capable of ‘reaching’ everywhere, AND 4) we need to work on the social acceptance, behavior, legality, aspects to make sure this IS what we want, this IS needed and it will be accepted.

A cell phone based tag attached to garbage makes for a good modeling exercise and a good video too. Congratulations!

Posted by: Marius Ghercioiu
1 Trackback
October 11, 2010
3:52 pm

[...] that blog on this one is about a project that MIT is working on, called Trash Track. Post found here, the project’s homepage is here.  The project places tracking beacons on everyday trash [...]

Posted by: Throw it in the garbage… and it’s still yours. | Making Green Happen
Post a Comment