Digital infrastructureSmart CitiesIoT bin sensors improve efficiency by 30%

IoT bin sensors improve efficiency by 30%

Thanks to the success of its bin sensors app, ISB Global is in talks with more customers about building further IoT apps in OutSystems

A new bin sensors app is helping waste service providers optimise collection schedules, reduce costs, and give customers better service.

BinLogix, an app built in three weeks using OutSystems, brings new efficiency to waste management operations by making better use of the data from IoT devices. By connecting the app to IoT bin sensors, waste management software specialists ISB Global has helped waste service providers become more efficient, providing better service while lowering operational costs.

Chris Williams, Managing Director at ISB Global explains: “Waste management companies are using bin sensors, but the sensors have little or no software integration. Companies can’t use the data they collect to increase operational efficiency – and that’s where we come in.”

The UK generates more than 200 million tonnes of waste a year with the number of individual waste transactions estimated at above 20 million. However, the subsequent transport and disposal of this waste can be complicated and at times fragmented. In November 2017, the Cabinet Office announced a £20m Innovate UK fund to encourage tech firms to deliver innovative solutions to public sector challenges, like the improvement of waste tracking and action against waste crime.

Optimising collection schedules and routes

BinLogix app analyses data from bin sensors to give visibility of the fill-level in each bin and predict when they will need collecting. That means waste management firms can optimise their collection schedules and routes for maximum efficiency—no more turning up to overflowing bins and angry customers or wasting time and money collecting empty bins.

Apart from integrating with the IoT hardware and SAP order management systems, BinLogix combines with two more OutSystems apps developed by ISB Global. Data analysis from BinLogix feeds into RoutiLogix, which creates an optimised collection route. Drivers are then notified of the updated schedule on a mobile app, DriviLogix, which also lets them give real-time feedback on pickups to accelerate invoicing.

Based on the most popular consumer apps, DriviLogix UX is highly visual and very intuitive, featuring bold icons, large buttons, and familiar in-app actions.

Customers report that optimised waste collection schedules are delivering at least a 30% reduction in collections.

Operationalising IoT data

BinLogix sensors have already been installed at several customers, including 400 street bins in a local authority in Scotland, which will increase to up to 10,000 units over the next five years.

“What we’ve done is join up the supply chain,” says Chris. “Our customers can operationalise their IoT data, connecting the field and the back office in real time to uncover new efficiencies.”

With bin sensors solutions, local councils can reduce waste collection costs and use the money saved to deliver other vital frontline services. And other organisations with large-scale waste management needs can reduce costs and decrease the risks associated with having heavy goods vehicles on site. Some BinLogix customers are even using the app to right-size their waste environment—optimising the number and location of bins for even greater efficiency.

One waste management firm is now billing over $100,000 a year more using bin sensors app alongside SAP Business One. By capturing the weight of each bin when it’s lifted, the firm can invoice for the actual weight collected, rather than the nominal capacity of the bin.

In February this year, GovTech Catalyst competition winners received £400,000 to track waste through the economy, moving smart waste solutions one step closer.

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