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SmartBin™ announced in May that it has patented a technology that can both keep customers in full compliance with data security and waste management regulations, while saving them time and money. Dublin, Ireland-based SmartBin monitoring...


SmartBin™ announced in May that it has patented a technology that can both keep customers in full compliance with data security and waste management regulations, while saving them time and money. Dublin, Ireland-based SmartBin monitoring technology allows those with the responsibility of managing bin-fill, ranging from textiles, paper, glass, plastic or waste, to know the exact fill level (in real time) via the company’s advanced internet portal.

SmartBin technology allows up-to-the-minute knowledge of the chain of possession and disposition of materials, which allows companies with bin-essential businesses to track and schedule pickups for a more efficient route. Rather than relying on a universal pickup schedule that may result in bins being emptied at less-than-optimal fill levels, SmartBin informs clients when their bins are reaching capacity.

The technology combines innovative wireless telemetry and web access technologies. Developed by company Founder and Director Mark McCarville, a 20-year veteran of the IT and telecom industries, the solution measures bin fill-level by using infrared or ultrasonic technology sensors to determine the distance from the top of the waste to the top of the bin container. These reliable and rugged sensors also employ intelligent processing to eliminate the errors associated with random blocking events.

Sensors measure a range of parameters, including bin fill level, bin empty events, battery level and other key parameters at set times during 24-hour cycles. That information is then sent via standard cellular networks to SmartBin’s host servers. From there, customers can see all of that information for as many bins as they operate, anywhere in the world, at any time, and view it in any number of collated ways from the company’s database. Solutions can be applied across a range of categories, from recycled materials to document destruction to medical waste and electronic waste, with fluid measurement also planned for the future.

There are cost-savings implications; remotely monitored bins will now be emptied only when full, reducing manpower allocation, fuel costs and emissions/carbon footprint. Information collected from monitored bins offers clients precise traceability of contents and their disposition. Fixed cost infrastructure associated with the collection of waste and the processing of incoming waste can be more efficiently managed, as the volumes are more predictable.

SmartBin also generates alarms and alerts when the bin is critically full, ensuring the problems associated with overflowing bins can be eliminated, reducing the cost of site cleanup and contributing to an enhanced perception of the client to the community. Furthermore, the reporting and auditing capabilities facilitate the generation of management process reports increasingly required for regulatory compliance.

The SmartManager web interface provides a full service view of all monitored assets and a full suite of management reports, including alert SMS messages and e-mail. SmartManager is intuitively configured as the Map View tab provides a Google map with color-coded markers for each bin site, indicating the fill-level relative to user-established thresholds. This birds-eye view of bins under management allows clients to make intelligent fleet deployment decisions for collection.

A report tab allows users to generate bin utilization and bin efficiency reports for downloading if required for further analysis. Under the admin tab, users can assign resources together with specified service actions and working hours. Resources can then be assigned specific service actions or be set up to receive alerts by SMS or email. This information is provided over the internet, so there is no need for SmartBin clients to capitalize IT investments or learn special skills to adopt the service.

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