Smart Waste Management at Draffin
The latest census data shows that Australian cites are expanding at a rapid rate. People flock to our metropolitan areas for employment opportunities and lifestyle changes. As this migration continues, urban planners need to develop new and efficient ways to keep up with the surging population.
For inner city dwellers, there is a real desire to live and work in cleaner, more beautiful cities. To improve quality of life, larger municipalities are utilising innovative smart technology. This technology provides insight into optimal use of resources, creating more sustainable ‘smart cities’.
But what is a smart city?
Smart cities use Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as sensors, lights and meters to collect and analyse data. Cities utilise this data to improve infrastructure, public utilities and services. Freeing up these resources means that more can be invested back into developing new and existing services – check out City of Joondalup’s smart park.
Street Furniture and Smart Technology
One of the effects of a growing population is an increase in waste. Often limited to placing rubbish on top of overflowing bins – or dropping it on the ground, rubbish is at minimum a prominent eyesore, at worst a public health risk. Smart technology is all about taking control of your waste management. Installing smart sensors in your litter bins takes the guess work out of daily rubbish removal. By applying proven technology used in industries where limited access makes it difficult to determine fill levels, bin levels are reported in real-time. This significantly reduces the risk of overflowing litter bins and tracks waste levels in remote areas.
Fill Level Monitoring
Traditionally waste collection routes have been inefficient. Collection routes target every bin regularly, regardless of fill-levels – or are sporadic in remote areas where access can be difficult. Know exactly which of your bins need emptying, by retro fitting battery powered sensors to your new or existing bin network. These smart sensors detect fill-levels, battery capacity – even damage detection, all in real-time. Monitoring your bins ensures containers are never too full; avoiding expensive clean ups, fines and emergency servicing.
The sensors transmit data via an existing 3G mobile communications network to web-based software applications. Comprehensive reports generated from the historical data can be utilised to plan smarter routes during optimal waste collection times and monitor KPI’s. These reports are also an invaluable forecasting tool for projections and budgets.
Reduce Emissions and Operational Costs
Sensors bridge the gap between unpredictable fill-levels and reduced environmental damage. High rubbish collection frequency becomes a thing of the past, with optimised routes that reduce gas emissions, road wear and tear and noise levels in our urban areas. With fewer pick ups, operational costs such as driving hours, fuel and truck maintenance will be reduced.
At Draffin Street Furniture, we believe technology and innovation is key to tackling Australia’s waste problem. We are currently working with councils and IoT industry leaders to incorporate cost effective and sustainable smart waste technology into our bin surrounds.
Contact us if you are interested in fitting sensors to your new or existing bin surrounds, or for any other custom waste management needs.