The Background

The IoT Alliance Australia is currently running a Smart Cities showcase program, where organizations partner up and create IoT showcases for Smart City applications. UNSW has joined a partner eco-system with the IoE Community Network, CSIRO-Data61, Microsoft and others to create a Smart Campus showcase on the UNSW campus. As part of this project several Smart Bins will be deployed on campus together with other building and environment sensors. 4 use cases will be implemented and the Smart Campus platform created, will also be used for the upcoming IoT course at the school of Computer Science and Engineering.

The showcase as well will be “re-used” as a Smart Cities testbed for the Industrial Internet Consortium.


The Opportunity

One of the use cases revolved around a gamified Smart Bin that captures how much waste an individual tosses into the bin. For each disposed item, points are awarded and the winner in a certain time period will receive a parking spot at the UNSW campus for a week.

What we need for this use case is:

  • Additional sensors in the Smart Bins that can capture when items are put into the bin
  • A mobile application that can communicate with the SmartBin and identify the individual, as well as send the data to an IoT cloud platform
  • A smart parking sign that allows the dynamic configuration of the display with the license plate number of the winner
  • Connecting the sensors, mobile app, IoT cloud platform and smart parking sign


Project Details

The project will start in May 2017 and the team will meet every Thursday afternoon in the MCIC to discuss progress, do work together and identify activities for the next week. The solution needs to be ready in July. You will work with industry mentors and be exposed to organisations that are members of the IoT Alliance Australia and the Industrial Internet Consortium.



If you are interested, please send your expression of interest to Peter Klement at Please state your motivation and expertise, as well as what parts of the project you are interested in.