How IoT can save us from the Waste Management Woes

One of the rising problems in India, in both urban and rural areas, is Waste Management. Big cities mainly face a common problem of managing waste without making the city filthy. There are constant complaints regarding the garbage overflow in many locations and other inefficient processes.

The decreasing costs of sensors have resulted in the rapid rise of IoT based products. The Internet-of-Things is swiftly moving into new areas of commercial and residential use other than smart lighting, temperature, and digital water meters.

To make cities greener, cleaner, and more efficient, IoT can play a vital role in making the Waste Management System organized. By connecting devices, vehicles, and infrastructure all over the city, we can make the Waste Management System efficient and smarter.

Current Waste Management System

In the existing system, employees clear the dumpsters periodically, for which there is no systematic approach. This is a very inefficient system in which some dumpsters will be overflowing with garbage and not get picked while other dumpsters with half the garbage level get picked. This is due to population density in different areas and lack of proper information which makes it hard to pick the areas of need.

IoT based Waste Management System

With ever-changing technologies, it is always a challenge to upgrade to new devices without a uniform platform. That is why we have come up with one IoT based platform for Waste Management System. You can integrate any device of different brands and functionalities into a single platform to achieve data uniformity.

Integrate data from different sources, APIs, and SDKs into your platform for single monitoring and controlling solution. Powered with machine learning and predictive algorithms to give proactive actions and insights to better the process.

Assured bin collection

Every bin will be tagged to ensure if all the bins are attended to. After each bin has been collected, they will be time-stamped to keep track. This will help in increasing efficiency.

Actual Vs Plan

A teal time tracker is maintained to document and compare planned versus actual bin collection. This will also be done for Route, Asset, and Shift management.

Collection routing

Each truck is given a specific and optimized route to collect bins after careful and efficient planning to save time and fuel. Backup routing is also done in case of unforeseen scenarios like a truck failure.

The route is planned in a way that only filled bins will be collected. The remaining bins will have sensors which will alert when the bin is filled.

Shift allocation

With smart planning, we can manage shifts, allocate drivers, maintain attendance and leave tracking, and prepare driver roaster beforehand. This ensures smooth flow of process and drivers.

Asset management

You will have access to complete and real-time vehicle analytics. With this, you can track the vehicles live and also check other parameters like vehicle health, duration of the bin collection and task completion.

Third party integration

Apart from core Waste management processes, you can also get third party integrations like billing, vendor management, and payrolls done effortlessly.  

Advantages of IoT based Waste Management System

  • You no longer require paper for any activity and this enhances audit trail and tracking.
  • With integrated GPS mapping, you can send routes directly to the drivers and you can also track planned routes to actual routes.
  • Prepare attractive insightful reports with forecast analysis.
  • Setup custom rules for your Waste Management System to synchronize the solution to your organizational needs.
  • Centralized CRM.
  • Integrated Accounting provision.
  • Resource friendly application with On-Premise Cloud solutions.

Lately, people have understood the true potential of IoT based platforms and have come up with different IoT based Waste Management Systems in many countries. It’s time we also implement such systems to develop our country and make it cleaner.

You can also read about another IoT based implementation from my earlier article.


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