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IoT Waste Management - It's time to come clean

From densely populated cities to smaller rural communities, waste management systems keep our homes and communities free from unwanted clutter.

Although these waste management services exist in nearly every community, the industry’s current operating standards have proven inefficient and highly resource-intensive. This inefficiency is largely due to outdated manual collection methods and logistical processes which lack efficient data-driven solutions.

The waste management industry is beginning to develop and implement IoT-related solutions to these problems. From waste bins equipped with fill-sensors, to data-based management and logistics platforms, the industry is shifting into a cleaner, more efficient part of modern life.

When embedded with a smart sensor, a waste container ‘becomes smarter’ and can alert city workers when it’s ready to be emptied or trend it’s usage over time. This can slash fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups or litter caused by overflowing bins. That may not sound impressive — but the fitting of a simple sensor will increase the performance and efficiency of waste collection, whilst reducing pollution and associated costs. 

Councils will be able to better understand what bins are being used the most and schedule pickups at the optimum time to ensure they are not overflowing and causing an eyesore or health hazard to the public.

The ultrasonic level sensor was initially designed to measure liquids, Pinacl is applying the sensor to measure solid waste as well. Ultrasonic level sensors work by emitting acoustic waves and then listening for an echo. Upon reaching a level surface, the waves will reflect back to the sensor where a measurement is taken – similar to the process of echolocation. Think of it as a radar system that tracks the amount of rubbish in a waste bin.

Pinacl is already working with several councils to improve their waste management strategies…don't get left behind.

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