Most cities own a fleet of garbage trucks, each worth $250,000 or more.

Beyond just waste management and sustainability initiatives, imagine if those same old garbage trucks could become the eyes and ears of a city.

Garbage trucks drive up and down every city street at least once a week.

Unlike stationary cameras, these trucks can offer a view of the entire city.

Trucks outfitted with sensors have the ability to collect valuable data across the entire city ecosystem, from the department of transportation, to parks and recreation, to housing.

As garbage trucks travel throughout a city, they can collect information about neighborhood effects and can feed it back to a centralized portal.

To be truly smart, cities must optimize existing infrastructures and use technology to deliver better, faster and cheaper services – together.