ITA Spotlight: OnePlus Systems
Monday, April 29, 2019
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
Keith Woodward, EVP of Marketing, OnePlus Systems, @OnePlus
#GetSmart with waste collection. OnePlus Systems empowers companies with unique insights so they can move away from old and expensive collection methods to one that relies on data and powerful insights.
In 25 words or less, what is OnePlus Systems all about?
OnePlus Systems is a cloud-based software and IoT company that helps companies decrease cost, reduce environmental impact, and mitigate safety risks.
What problem do you solve and how do you solve it better than the competition?
Waste Management has followed the same model since its inception; routinely collecting waste on a fixed schedule. However, in today’s world, waste volumes can be highly unpredictable, and fluctuate between pickups. As a result, companies are being charged for hauls that are not fully optimized, and therefore creating operating inefficiencies; not to mention the impact on the environment.
For more than 30 years and over 40,000 deployed devices, OnePlus Systems has been helping customers gain control of their waste management program. Our cloud-based software, uses the latest in sensor and wireless technology, empowering users with real-time insights helping them shift from scheduled pickups to one that is based on robust analytics.
How did you get started?
OnePlus Systems Inc. launched our first networked compactor fullness monitor solution in 1991, followed later by the first Internet-based compactor monitoring system, OnePlus’s sensor technology and software solutions presaged the coming Internet of Things revolution. Almost thirty years, 40,000 units, and nine patents later OnePlus continues to lead the industry in IoT based smart waste management solutions.
In June 2016, OnePlus Systems acquired the Dublin, Ireland-based leader of intelligent waste monitoring solutions, SmartBin. Since 2010, SmartBin has revolutionized how municipal and private waste management companies service waste containers through a combination of smart wireless fill-level sensors and robust routing and analysis software. Together, OnePlus and SmartBin leverage shared technology and experience to provide unique monitoring solutions for the global waste management industry.
How has your company culture evolved as OnePlus Systems has grown?
While diverse, we all share one thing in common; the love for data. The desire for data is what drives our passion and commitment to deliver against unique customer problems and helping them become smarter and more efficient as it relates to waste collection and sustainability. Our teams include a diverse group of expertise in software, hardware, IoT, telecommunications, and design.
What are your primary goals for OnePlus Systems?
Growth. As such, we strive to be the “choice” by organizations seeking smart solutions designed to help reduce waste collection costs with data and predictive insights.
Where do you see OnePlus Systems in two years? Five? Ten?
It’s estimated the global market for Internet of Things (IoT) technology reached $130bn in 2018 and will experience a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of more than 20% through 2023. As evidenced by our growing customer base, organizations continue to seek ways of using technology, IoT in particular, to improve operational efficiencies and reduce its overall impact on the environment. OnePlus Systems has been a pioneer in this space and will continue our leadership helping companies make the shift from today’s inefficient waste collection methods to one that relies on data and powerful insights.
What’s the No. 1 thing on your to-do list?
Customer intimacy. Continuing our collective understanding of customer problems and needs are critical. Harnessing this information becomes the currency we use to develop better products and services, improve customer communications, and in turn create increased loyalty and lower churn.
In your opinion, what are some of the pros and cons of being an Illinois business?
Chicago provides us with access to some of the youngest and brightest talent in the country. Chicago has a mature economy with a vibrant and diverse business climate with companies of all sizes and types. Over the past three decades, we’ve seen the emergence of technology startups and established technology companies locate offices in Chicago. This helps to bring in some of the brightest and most talented technology professionals in the industry.
What are the biggest challenges you face as you scale your business?
Like with any business that scales, we must be disciplined on systems design and changing market conditions. Adapting to market transformations and technological innovations is not easy at scale. Thankfully, we possess a leadership team with diverse backgrounds who have witnessed and overcome these challenges.
What motivates your employees to come to work every day?
One thing…make a difference! Everyone has a voice, and the only bad idea is one not backed with data. We all share an unrivaled passion for solving complex business problems with the use of technology. At OnePlus, Monday is always a ‘fun day.”
Why does OnePlus Systems call Chicago its home?
“Home Sweet Home Chicago!” Our inception was in Chicago, and we have no reason to leave this great city. Chicago has provided us access to a pool of vibrant talent, a robust economy and one of the best cities in the US to raise a family.
What was the ‘aha’ moment when you realized OnePlus Systems made it?
Upon realizing we have more than 40,000 sensors deployed across some of the worlds largest companies and more influential brands giving us the assurance that we are solving real customer problems and driving business value.
What makes OnePlus Systems stand out?
Our products and services speak for themselves, but our deep customer insight and support is what sets us apart. We are the unrivaled experts in smart waste collection and have been helping customers for more than 30 years reduce costs and environmental impact.
What is the one thing OnePlus Systems cannot live without?
Data. Plain and simple.
This one is all you… anything else you want to tell us?
OnePlus Systems is committed to our shared mission in helping our clients realize the benefits of using data and insights to reduce costs and environmental impact.