The waste challenge in India is not unknown but IoT-powered waste bins are set to change that.

According to a Cision newswire, “Indian cities alone generate more than 62 million tons of solid waste a year with an expected increase of 5% per year. It is estimated that up to 40% of municipal waste in India remains simply uncollected.”

The government of India has launched a “Clean India” campaign to improve waste management services, city streets and spaces, and the quality of life of its citizens.  

The country’s waste management processes are slated for change with the introduction of smart bins, that is to say, waste bins that are equipped with IoT, ultrasonic sensors. The sensors monitor bin fill-levels and notify collectors when it is time for pickup. This prevents unsightly, and potentially hazardous, overflow and avoids unnecessary bin collection. It also helps city officials and waste service providers to track residents’ waste disposal trends and habits.

India-based Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) provider for Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine applications, SenRa, and Belgian-based hardware design company, SmartEnds, are partnering to bring the smart bins to the South Asian country.

To learn more about our smart sensor waste management solutions, get in touch at  info@smartupcities.com.

 

What is a smart sensor?

A smart sensor is a small device that may be placed inside any type of container. For more information, click here.

How does the sensor communicate data?

Our sensors wirelessly communicate container information to a remote cloud server where Artifical Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies analyze the data.

How can I view the data?

The data is displayed via a user-friendly web application, accessible from mobile (Android and iOS) and desktop platforms.

Who can benefit from smart sensors?

Everyonefrom waste management authorities to businesses both large and small.

Is the sensor suitable for all container types?

Yes, our sensors can be installed in multi-compartment containers and underground containers.

Can smart sensors monitor all types of materials?

Yes, our smart sensors can monitor all types of substances and materials, both solid and liquid. 

Are smart sensors easy to install?

Our sensors are simple to set up, and there is zero maintenance required.

What is the battery life of a smart sensor?

Our smart sensors have a battery life of 10+ years.

Are smart sensors theft-proof?

Yes, our sensors are equipped with an anti-theft design. 

Can smart sensors withstand harsh weather conditions?

Yes, our sensors a sturdy and secured in a weatherproof enclosure.

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Smart cities of the future are fueled by IoT applications and predictive analytics. At the helm of this technology are smart sensors.

Adding a sensor to a waste bin or container creates a “smart bin,” capable of collecting data and wirelessly transmitting it to a cloud-based server where waste management authorities and city officials can use this data to make smarter waste management decisions.

The sensors monitor fill-levels or the amount level of waste gathered in the bin, and notify collectors when it is time for pickup. This is transformative for an industry that struggles with when to collect, not knowing if the bins are full or empty.  It not only minimizes unnecessary pickups but also prevents unsightly overflow. The sensors optimize waste management processes and they also help to lower road congestion, curb CO2 emissions, and ultimately, reduce overall collection costs.

Royal Borough of Greenwich

This south east London borough has installed 18 solar-powered IoT bins to increase the efficiency of waste collection services. The bins have been installed in nine busy high street locations across the borough and will replace the existing double chamber bins used in those locations. The bins are being deployed in pairs with one bin designated for general waste and the other bin labeled for recycling wastes.

London recently topped a list of the world’s smartest cities in a study released by the Eden Strategy Institute.

Kingston upon Hull

The city in the north east of England has partnered with Connexin to install smart bins. In the coming weeks, Connexin will install 30 smart waste sensors inside 15 public waste bins in parks, public spaces, and high streets across Hull.

According to an article in Government Europa, Hull City Councilor, Anita Harrison, stated: “Tackling waste issues is a top priority… and we are always keen to explore ways in which we can make our services much more effective. Smart city technologies are just one way in which we can provide an improved service for our city, and achieve our aim to create a litter-free environment that residents are proud to live in.”

From Wimbledon to the World Cup, summer 2018 has been full of gatherings, uniting sports fans in stadiums and at watch events and house parties. Part of the play, is the food and beverage enjoyed during the matches, which leads to the question, how do you manage waste at an event in a stadium with 80,000 people, or in a public park with thousands of people? It isn’t simple.

Defensive Strategy

Waste management begins with proper sorting. When waste and recyclables are properly sorted from the get-go, it makes collection easier for haulers. It also protects the environment by ensuring clean public spaces and avoiding unsightly overflow and broken glass bottles, scattering into the street. Proper sorting means bins and containers are clearly marked and identifiable. Throwing away trash, as opposed to leaving it on the ground, must be easy for people. Otherwise, they won’t do it. 

Offensive Strategy

For haulers, knowing when to collect is one of the hardest parts about waste management. While it’s safe to assume that collection must be imminent, there is always waste overflow that lingers before pickup. That’s where ultrasonic, smart sensors come into play. Smart waste sensors help waste haulers be more strategic about their collection—especially at big events where a waste triage is conducted to identify areas needing urgent pickup. The smart sensors are attached to waste bins and containers and monitor fill-levels. Using Internet of Things technology, the sensors send data to the haulers, informing them when it’s time to collect. 

Thinking Ahead

Moving forward, data collected from the smart sensors can be used to predict consumers’ waste disposal habits. This way, haulers can prepare in advance for major events, based on hard, actionable data.

Ready to switch up your waste management game or would just like to learn more? Get in touch at info@smartupcities.com for more information on our smart sensor waste management solutions.

According to an article in the Times of Malta, the Mediterranean island nation is modernizing its waste management operations with smart bins.

Malta has partnered with locally-based recycling cooperative, GreenPak, to retrofit waste bins with smart sensors. The sensors use Internet of Things, cloud-based technology to monitor fill-levels, notifying collectors when a bin is ready for pick-up. Based on this data, GreenPak can streamline its waste management operations, saving costs and increasing resource efficiency. It also avoids unsightly waste bin overflow. 

Others to have invested in smart waste bins include:

The article states the project is slated to be rolled out later this year and is partly financed by the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme I 2012-2020: Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges. The program supports initiatives promoting smart and sustainable growth.

To learn more about SmartUp Cities’ smart sensor waste management solutions, get in touch at info@smartupcities.com.   

Waste management is often one of the most costly items of expenditure for cities and businesses. It involves not only the collection of waste in the field but also the transport to appropriate locations for disposal.

Over the past few years, smart waste management technologies have emerged and we have seen the benefits of the Internet of Things, sensor-based waste management in improving waste collection and disposal. Waste bins and containers equipped with smart sensors provide data and insights that allow cities and businesses to save costs and resources, which naturally leads to a lighter environmental footprintwe break down the details in a previous post. Collection truck drivers can use smartphones to monitor fill-levels and cater to routes based on whether or not a bin or container is ready for pick-up.

Smart sensors offer an efficient, affordable solution to streamline and “green” waste management operations, and yet challenges remain in rolling out this technology.

1. Smart sensors are misunderstood

As with many new and emerging technologies, smart sensors can seem complicated and expensive. This is a fallacy. Smart sensors are affordable, durable, and provide cost-saving insights.

2. Life post-smart sensor adoption

You can’t simply buy a smart sensor and attach it to your waste bin. You need to ensure that you have the communication technologies in place that make your sensor…well, smart.

3. Promotion of waste prevention and recycling

Not quite linked to smart sensors themselves but important to cleaning up waste management operations are consumer engagement and awareness. Smart technology and software is half the battle. The other half is responsibly disposing of waste, making sure recyclables and waste are correctly sorted.

To learn more about SmartUp Cities’ smart sensor waste management solutions, get in touch at info@smartupcities.com.  

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

It’s 2050. Marine debris is a thing of the past and oceans are clean and plastic-free. People don’t litter. Recycling is the norm. Reuse, Recycle, and Recovery (3R) is a common household concept. Renewable energy is in abundance. We no longer use incineration as a means to rid ourselves of waste. Nature runs its natural course, uninfluenced by humanmade harms because they don’t exist anymore. 

Earth’s population has increased. Economic activity has blossomed. Consumerism ever on the rise. But resource efficiency has allowed for manageable growth. New waste-to-energy models emerged. Waste prevention and environmentally-friendly designs are at the forefront of manufacturing and production. Sustainability is the business the model—not the trend—because it makes business sense.

Society runs completely digital. Public services operate at maximum efficiency utilizing impactful data. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies are doing the insightful dirty work. Smart sensors are no longer futuristic, complicated sounding devices. They are part of the infrastructure, integral to the functioning of smart cities and communities. 

How did we get here? By harnessing all forms of technology and fine-tuning them to solve practical solutions to everyday problems, no matter the cost. Thoughtful innovation and investment led to cleaner, safer business practices and communities.

Get in touch at info@smartupcities.com for further detail about our Smart Sensor Waste Management solutions.

Smart sensors have transformed the waste management space. It took a system based on age-old practices and propelled it to modern standards using the omniscient Internet of Things technology. 

We’ve seen IoT and smart sensors change the playing field in smart waste management, but not everyone is on board yet and we can only wonder why. Granted, it may seem daunting to find the right waste management partner, invest in the communications technology and the sensors themselves, retrofit waste and recycling bins and containers, and finally, deploy resources to analyze the gathered data and work with colleagues and stakeholders to update operations accordingly.

But the benefits of the time and investment are tried and true:

  1. City of Stuttgart: Last winter the German city faced an overflow of glass bottles on sidewalks due to a labor shorter of the city’s service provider. It was a wake-up call for modernization. They decided to implement smart sensors throughout some 1,000 of  Stuttgart’s glass recycling containers to monitor container fill-levels.
  2. Sydney Fish Market: The world famous fish market, frequented by millions of visitors each year, upped its waste management game installing smart sensors in their waste bins. They worked with industry leaders like Microsoft and KPMG.
  3. Singapore: An early adopter of smart sensors, Singapore is always ahead of the curve. “The City in a Garden” has a reputation for its clean streets and spaces.
  4. University of British Columbia: Semtech and eleven-x teamed up to retrofit the campus’s waste bins with smart fill-level sensors to optimize waste management services.

Ready to switch up your waste management game or would just like to learn more? Get in touch at info@smartupcities.com for more information on our smart sensor waste management solutions.

The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada’s third-largest university, has rolled out smart sensors to track waste bin fill-levels and better manage the university’s waste management operations.

According to a Business Wire press release, Semtech, supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has teamed up with eleven-x, a Canadian LoRaWAN™ network provider for advanced Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, to install smart sensors in the campus’s waste bins to track fill-levels and cut operational costs. Our experience shows that integrating smart waste management technologies can reduce up to 50% of operational costs.

The sensors monitor waste bin fill-levels and send real-time to data, using IoT and Cloud-based technologies, to campus staff, notifying them when it’s the amount of waste has reached the predetermined level and is ready for pickup.

The Business Wire press release states that according to Brian Jones, Director of UBC’s Parking and Access Services, “Improving waste and recycling services not only helps the school look more aesthetically pleasing, the LoRa-based solution also enables cost-saving measures in productivity and resource allocation…. In streamlining the number of daily pick-ups, we manage our time more effectively, the facilities look better, and we cut costs.”

From the dining halls to the sports centers to the gym to public leisure areas, college campuses are hot spots for waste accumulation. They effectively function like mini cities and have everything to gain from data-based, smart waste management.

To learn more about SmartUp Cities’ smart sensor waste management solutions, get in touch at info@smartupcities.com.  

Wednesday, May 30 kicks off the 2018 European Sustainable Development Week, a pan-European initiative to encourage sustainable development and promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (we discussed the SDGs in a recent post).

Taking place every year from May 30 to June 5, ESDW brings together both public and private stakeholders from governments to businesses to private citizens to universities and research centers to help organize events and activities promoting sustainable development. For more information about activities and events taking place near you, visit the ESDW website.

It galvanizes stakeholders to coordinate and take action collectively, underlining the importance of working together as a unit. The transition to sustainable development and eco-friendly habits need to be more than ad hoc efforts. ESDW might be one week, but its message holds true 365 days a year: sustainable development requires collective action.

And waste management is an easy place to start. From ensuring your recyclables are properly emptied and sorted to picking up a piece of trash or a stray bottle in the street, waste management is one area where you can make a big difference with minimal action. Waste management providers can then build upon these small, individual efforts on a mass scale with IoT, ultrasonic fill-level sensors that track bin and container fill-levels to verify whether or not they’re ready for collection. This means, no unnecessary pickups and wasted resources, and insightful data gathered and interpreted, providing the necessary information with which to make smarter operational decisions and optimize methods.

Through close collaboration, innovation, and ambition—no matter how big or small—great achievements can be made to advancing sustainable development.

In the wise words of Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman, “Sustainable development requires human ingenuity. People are the most important resource.”

To learn more about SmartUp Cities’ waste management solutions, get in touch at info@smartupcities.com.