Migrating to an event-driven OpenWhisk environment
GreenQ joined the IBM Alpha Zone Accelerator program for startup businesses and migrated to an IBM Bluemix cloud hosting environment, adopting serverless IBM Cloud Functions architecture for its offering. “Cloud Functions on Bluemix infrastructure gives us an open source platform with easy access to Watson cognitive services,” says Candel.
In the event-driven Cloud Functions environment, each piece of data the GreenQ application receives triggers an action or set of actions, eliminating the need for manual activation in the workflow. For example, when garbage truck sensors gather data from a waste bin during pickup, the event triggers the GreenQ solution to automatically check, analyze and store the information.
Ultimately, the cloud-based platform provides municipalities and other waste management organizations with a real-time dashboard for viewing truck locations and routes, sending and receiving notifications, and analyzing data to enhance services. To continue evolving its offering, GreenQ anticipates incorporating IBM Watson® Visual Recognition technology to capture and translate visual information on customer pickup routes.
Streamlining and optimizing for real-world results
By teaming with IBM to migrate its waste management platform to a Cloud Functions environment, GreenQ greatly enhanced the scalability of its solution architecture. “There’s nothing like a system overload with Cloud Functions because it’s not about the load on a specific virtual machine or server,” says Candel. “We have reserves of computing power, and we can offer our customers greater value and better performance without even thinking about how to do it.”
Powered by the flexible, high-performance IBM Cloud infrastructure, GreenQ is well-positioned to accommodate the service peaks its customers experience. “During the holidays, there is more trash and there are more trucks operating, which means more data to analyze,” says Candel. “We don’t have to worry about this affecting the performance of the system.”
As GreenQ continues to onboard new customers, the company is seeing exciting real-world applications of its technology: clearing up traffic congestion, streamlining routes to lower emissions, and enabling municipalities to optimize service. “By gathering and providing the data, we help customers have a discussion based on real numbers and figures,” says GreenQ Chief Executive Officer Shlomy Ashkenazi. “And then we can show them ways to provide a better quality of service with the same, or lower, budgets.”