Smart City: IoT-based Solid Waste Management System
The goal of building a smart city is to improve the quality of life by using informatics and technology. This can only be done with improvement in the efficiency of services delivered to meet the needs of residents.
According to the United Nations Environment Program, cities occupy only 2% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface, but consume more than 75% of the natural resources. Waste management is becoming a bigger issue each day due to the fast pace of urbanization.
Accelerite’s GM of IoT business Dean Hamilton and VP of Business Development, Akhil Minocha propose in their article, Revolutionizing solid waste management through IoT ecosystems that a robust IoT ecosystem can be used by cities to help with their waste management and benefit its citizens.
Developers investing in a municipality or a county often find their project plans marred by inefficient waste management infrastructure. They find that aging sewer lines cannot cope with additional load, which leads to stoppage of new development. This causes significant loss of economic growth and job creation opportunity for cities as projects move elsewhere. Therefore, waste management solutions need to be a top priority for any city’s management.
Waste Management as a Key Component of Smart City
IoT can play an important role in improving solid waste management practices and procedures. Ubiquitous sensors, low-power connectivity and cloud-based analytics help improve efficiency of waste management. These are also fundamental to smart city projects. Smart city projects need to embrace smart solid waste management. These operations include smart trash bins providing real-time information on garbage content levels, cloud-based scheduling, and route optimization trucks.
The article enumerates specific examples of how these different processes of waste management can be tied together using IoT. For example, sending garbage collection vehicles only when necessary will optimize waste management. It will increase efficiency of energy usage, reduce fuel usage and overall costs. Fewer waste trucks will drive through the streets, and empty city’s trash cans at the right time.
Dean and Akhil describe the need for IoT service creation and enrichment platform (SCEP). Such a system can help in rapidly creating, operating and monetizing the ecosystem needed for a smart solid waste management IoT applications. Read the full article here Learn more on how Accelerite Concert, an IoT service creation and enrichment platform can help with smart city projects such as waste management.