Dozens of garbage collection trucks in Montgomery, Ala., have been outfitted with new smart city tech aimed at helping the city do a better job managing routes and maintenance.
The move follows other smart city developments in this city of 202,000 residents, which is also the state’s capital.
Then earlier this year, the city announced the development of its Smart City Living Lab in its downtown, a nine-block area with new smart streetlights, app-based parking management and a free public Wi-Fi connection.
In April, the Smart Cities Council group named Montgomery as one of its five Smart Cities Readiness Challenge winners out of more than 200 cities that were considered.
Montgomery is now participating in the year-long Readiness Program, which includes coaching and mentoring from the Smart Cities Council.
Like many smart city projects, the intelligent garbage trucks will gather more than just rubbish.
Chris Conway, director of public works for Montgomery, pointed out that the trucks go down every street three times a week, and that their drivers can easily report problems, which are automatically fed into the city’s 311 system.