Smart cities: A case study in waste monitoring and management

Andre Castro Lundin, Ali Gürcan Özkil, Jakob Schuldt-Jensen

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    This paper explores the potential of employing sensor enabled solutions to improve on waste monitoring and collectionin public trash bins. Through a user-centered design approach, an inexpensive monitoring system developed and tested in pilot study. The system consists of wireless nodes that use ultrasonic sensors to measure the empty space inthe bins, a sensor gateway that is based on Long Rage Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) protocol and cloud-basedback/front end for data collection, analysis and visualization.The system was evaluated through a pilot test, where six outdoor trash bins were remotely monitored at a universitycampus and a number of stakeholders were observed and interviewed. The results show that the existing technologies are mature enough to be able to develop and implement inexpensive add-on sensors to exiting trash bins, and employing such a system can provide the necessary insights to optimize waste collection processes, to avoid overfilled bins, and to improve the experience of the citizens.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017)
    Publication date2017
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9981331-0-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017) - Waikoloa, United States
    Duration: 4 Jan 20177 Jan 2017
    Conference number: 50


    Conference50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017)
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

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