Wifi Garbage Cans in NYC - Image via BigBelly

Smart Garbage Bins in a Smart City

Improved web access is accompanied by economic and social opportunities. Not everybody in cities can regularly connect to the internet, however. Recognizing that, cities around the world are experimenting with citywide free WiFi access through creative infrastructure retrofits. Could adding solar-powered wireless hotspots to trash and recycling bins on the streets improve public WiFi access?  New York City has been testing integrated wifi with garbage bins to tackle internet inequality.

*Wifi Garbage Cans in NYC – Image via BigBelly

Dameun Kim

Dameun Kim is an urban planner. She aims to connect different aspects of city planning through her interdisciplinary experience in planning and engineering. Her interests in adaptation strategies to climate change and physical planning led her to Vancouver, after her prolonged expedition in three continents.

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