Ingram Micro to distribute Nordsense software in Canada

Technology helps municipalities reduce their carbon footprints, traffic congestion, litter and complaints, the companies say.

October 15, 2019

Irvine, California-based Ingram Micro and Nordsense, with U.S. offices in Sunnyvale, California, have announced a partnership through which Ingram Micro will offer municipalities and communities throughout Canada Nordsense's smart waste management solution. Nordsense is a software development firm that is targeting the waste and recycling industry. Ingram Micro provides a range of technology services.

Through artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and internet of things technology, Nordsense software tracks and diagnoses daily waste management workloads, uncovering trends and inefficiencies, the company says. Remote monitoring, intelligent routing and fleet management provide sanitation departments with real-time insights on ideal container placement to prevent bins from overflowing and to course-correct routes to cut down on traffic congestion, minimizing fuel consumption, maintenance costs and carbon footprint.

Nordsense devices monitor activity, including bin fullness, temperature and fill rates, to identify waste generation patterns. Data from bins are collected on the company's web-based platform, which produces real-time analysis for city officials to visualize the fullness of every trash bin simultaneously and deploy haulers only when needed.

Nordsense Fleet Management and Intelligent Routing harness AI and machine learning to present reports containing actionable insights that help waste management officials identify areas in need and track the efficiency of improvements over time. The insights can help mitigate container overflow, reduce the number of overall collections, guide bin placement and optimize operational resources, according to Nordsense.

Additionally, data collected from the company's smart waste management solution can be used to crack down on illegal dumping. Each of Nordsense's IoT sensors has internal accelerometers that can track bin orientation, alerting officials that a dumpster is being vandalized, the company says.

"IoT technology is revolutionizing how people work and live with environmentally friendly, networked devices powering the future of smart cities," says Anthony Karim, vice president of vendor management at  Ingram Micro. "Partnering with Nordsense for smart waste management solutions aligns with Ingram Micro's commitment to digital transformation and accelerating adoption of secure, smart IoT solutions and services, globally.

"We are excited to bring Nordsense technology to our customers and partners across Canada, extending our support of smart city initiatives everywhere," Karim continues.