BrainChip and Circle8 Clean to jointly develop intelligent ‘smart bins’

BrainChip Holdings, the world’s first commercial producer of ultra-low power, fully digital, event-based, neuromorphic AI IP, has entered into a strategic partnership with Circle8 Clean Technologies and AVID Group to develop “Smart Bins” that can automatically sort and recycle different types of waste through a combination of AI-powered sensors and robotics.

The collaboration leverages BrainChip’s neuromorphic processor technology and AVID Group’s engineering expertise to create intelligent waste receptacles that can sort materials such as plastic, metal, and glass to help reduce the environmental impact of disposal, especially reducing landfill and minimising ocean pollution. The goal extends to increasing the recycling rates at the same time, lowering the costs of waste management and recycling. Additionally, the smart bins will provide valuable data and insights into waste generation and consumption patterns, which can be used to improve refuse reduction and identify mitigation strategies.

“We are delighted to work with BrainChip to develop intelligent smart bins addressing our next generation global initiative,” said Mark Grogan, Managing Director, Circle8 Clean Technologies.

“As a company that is committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, we are always looking for innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint and enhance our community engagement. There are potentially millions of bins worldwide that we believe can be and should be upgraded with advanced intelligence to help all of us achieve the goal of making waste management and, more importantly, plastic recycling more convenient, efficient, and eco-friendly.”

The collaboration between BrainChip, Circle8 Clean Technologies and AVID Group is part of a larger initiative to create smart cities that use AI and IoT technologies to enhance the quality of life, efficiency of services and sustainability of urban environments. The jointly created smart bins will first be available to municipalities in Australia before expanding into additional locations worldwide.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the Circle8 and AVID Group to apply our neuromorphic processor technology to the challenge of sustainable waste management,” said Rob Telson, VP Ecosystems and Partnerships at BrainChip. “Akida™ is ideal for Edge AI applications that require cost-effective, ultra-low power, intelligent, real-time processing. At BrainChip, we see a global opportunity to enable innovative solutions that radically improve recycling and waste management, more effectively and intelligently than ever before.”

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