The growing demand for smart waste management
Problems posed by current systems of waste management
FREQUENCY OF COLLECTIONS - Waste collection is often not frequent enough or is out of sync with localised waste production, with bins left overflowing and garbage bags piled up on roadsides between collection times.
COLLECTION ROUTES - Garbage collection routes often service underused bins and can involve a number of unnecessary pickups, with inefficient use of labour and vehicles. Overuse of vehicles and ineffective planning of routes results in additional traffic, unnecessary fuel costs and increased CO2 emissions.
LACK OF DATA - With little or no data available, it is impossible to make data-driven decisions for waste operations. No historical data is available to model seasonal fluctuations of waste fill levels in order to develop more efficient pick-up planning. Data collection from waste bins would enable accurate planning for waste containers, removing those from underused areas and adding additional containers in zones of high use.
MAINTENANCE OF CONTAINERS - Accurate data and use of sensors could also provide alerts for damage to containers, theft, trapped wildlife etc.
Advantages of ToF sensors for smart waste management
Recent developments in optical ToF technology are now providing far higher performance at an even lower cost. This is a very interesting topic particularly to smart waste management companies looking to innovate their offerings and increase performance.
The advantages of ToF technology include:
• Contactless measurements - sensors stay clean, minimize performance issues, drive down maintenance costs
• A compact format for easy integration in waste bins with limited space
• Low power consumption - compatible with battery-powered developments
• Low-cost multi-sensor solutions for waste level monitoring
• Higher-performance alternative to ultrasound
• Accurate and reliable level data - no signal acoustics inside bins
• Narrow Field of View for smaller waste containers
• Proximity monitoring - reduced blind zones vs ultrasound systems
Waste monitoring applications for ToF sensors
Terabee ToF sensors modules for OEM integrations
• TeraRanger Evo Mini - ToF distance sensor for wider waste bins up to 3.3m tall, offering a larger (27 degree) coverage area and basic multi-pixel capabilities.
• TeraRanger Evo 3m - ToF distance sensor with a narrow 2 degree Field-of-View for narrower waste bins (up to 3m)
• TeraRanger Multiflex - our low-cost multi-point sensing kit for monitoring wider waste bins (up to 2m height) with accurate level estimation even for uneven surface distribution.
Self-powered, LoRaWAN level device
The system enables operators to optimize stock replenishment, cut operational costs and reduce dangerous silo audits.
PoC and pilot projects for prompt validation of ToF technology
• communication (e.g LoRa),
• power (e.g. integrated battery),
• housing (IP6X rated enclosure),
• design (easy installation),
• data output (e.g application layers).
Partners looking for innovation in IoT sensing and digital waste management, Terabee engages in PoC projects and pilot programs to access the full benefits of Time-of-Flight technology.
We welcome collaboration with:
• Waste management logistics companies
• IoT solution providers
• System integrators