Quamtra smart waste management solution monitors, collects and manages data on the fill level of waste in bins.
Sensors, installed in the bins, communicate real time data to the waste management software that represents this data as useful information for improving operations and management. Quamtra detects not only fill level, but extreme temperatures and excessive or unusual movement.
Reducing operational costs by:
Improving the environment, sustainability and public health and safety:
Collecting urban waste and subsequently treating it to save resources and prevent environmental pollution
LIPASAM’s municipal solid waste collection plan was based on predefined routes, established by past service experience. This method resulted in unnecessary costs and underutilization of resources. Empty containers were often collected, while other containers would overflow causing an increase in cleaning costs and discontent among citizens. With this scenario in mind, LIPASAM sought a system that would optimize its waste management. The LIFE EWAS project represented a perfect opportunity to implement ICT solutions that help public companies achieve improvement milestones.
The technological solution used was Quamtra, a system developed entirely by Wellness Smart Cities & Solutions that includes a hardware device for both measuring waste container fill level and collecting data, and a software platform for data management and visualization. The hardware’s sensors measure fill level through a configurable ultrasound beam, determining the distance between the top of the waste and the device, which is placed in the internal upper region of the container. In addition to this volumetric measurement, Quamtra’s sensors incorporate other
In the Seville’s case, a total of 268 containers were monitored: 215 side loading glass containers in 3 cyclical collection routes, 29 underground plastic, and glass containers, and 24 with different waste materials to test the device’s validity. features like an accelerometer and a temperature sensor that enables data aggregates and other useful parameters for data collection.
The data are transferred wirelessly to the management platform and analyzed by the municipal collection manager. The knowledge Wellness Smart Cities & Solutions gained while managing the problems posed by this and other projects, has resulted in a versatile measuring device that is compatible with multiple connectivity scenarios and most containers on the market. These devices turn containers into smart containers that generate real-time data about their status. In turn, the collection manager receives useful information about their container system, allowing them to make permanent adjustments to collection routes based on waste volume in containers, alerts generated during vandalism instances, floods or fire alerts, and the seasonality and dynamism of a city like Seville (local festivals, events, etc).
The data collected to evaluate the benefits of implementing Quamtra’s technology over time show that this project now allows LIPASAM to offer Seville an optimized service. It has reduced collection costs by 60% after phasing out fixed collection routes, for 1 dynamic route (The EWAS ROUTE). It has reduced annual collection service rounds from 100 to 34; the number of hours the trucks are on the street, thereby decongesting traffic; the miles driven; the fuel used, and the noise created.
Wellness Telecom developed a project for PROMEDIO, an environmental services management consortium in the province of Badajoz, which resulted in the proposition of a series of measures to capitalize on environmental services through fuel costs savings and optimization of employee work with the use of Quamtra, the company's intelligent waste collection.
In 2014, household waste generated in the 75 municipalities managed by PROMEDIO made up approximately 190,195.2 metric tons of urban-like waste. Of these, 186,638 tons were organic waste and 1,351.9 tons were light containers and cartons, making the light packaging contribution ratio 8.33 kg/resident per year. The remaining 2,175.3 tons were paper and cardboard, making the paper and cardboard contribution ratio 8.63 kg/resident per year. PROMEDIO manages a total of 11,119 bins across the province altogether: 6,694 green bins for organic waste, 1,720 yellow bins for light containers and 2,705 blue bins for paper and cardboard. The capacity and type of bin used for collection varies according to the needs and characteristics of each municipality. The geographical dispersion of the province of Badajoz, which is the largest province of Spain and has an area of 21,766 km², requires a selection of suitable locations for workshops as well as for organization and work distribution points. Current planning for the collection of solid urban waste in Badajoz focuses on predefined routes based on experience, which results in unnecessary costs. Likewise, the equipment is underused and the quality of service offered to citizens can be improved. Overflowing bins cannot be identified and empty bins are often collected, two factors that not only cause additional cleaning costs but dissatisfaction among citizens. Added to this issue is the challenge of providing the province of Badajoz with efficient, innovative and inexpensive management with the help of a tool that not only optimizes costs but also ensures excellent service that projects a good image to the public. With the goal of further reducing costs and advancing toward continuous improvement, PROMEDIO plans to implement remote monitoring and to follow the level of waste in each bin in order to determine the efficiency of their current collection policy and gather data for undertaking optimization measures in their solid urban waste collection service.
In response to the needs presented by PROMEDIO, Wellness Telecom proposes eGarbage, a two-fold solution that provides remote monitoring of bin fill level and urban solid waste collection service tracking. Through the eGarbage system, PROMEDIO will access valuable information for potential service optimization in several areas: