Insight to the public perception of municipal telematics and M2M applications.

Insight to the public perception of municipal telematics and M2M applications.

Yesterday’s NY Times’ Green Inc. blog had a posting by Laura Shin recounting the deployment of “Big Bellied, Text Messaging Trash Cans” in Somerville, MA. It’s heartening to see a mainstream media story that in a straight forward manner provides an overview of the many benefits of an M2M application (the texting trash cans) integrated with a telematics application (the management and routing of garbage trucks). What I think is really important about this posting is that it provides the perspective of the politicians and government employees involved as to what they are trying to achieve and how they believe that it is working out. I am also pleasantly surprised by the readers’ comments appearing below the posting. The comments show that the general public has the proper perspective to evaluate the value of implementing such solutions with regards to return on investment, energy efficiency, and the reduction of harmful emissions. This bit of real-world feedback is very valuable to us insiders of the telematics and M2M industries.


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