Smart City solution for Amsterdam: Intelligent waste disposal with M2M

From the Royal Palace to the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, the list of tourist attractions in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, is long. The picturesque city center with its canals and parks is best explored on foot. To ensure that the city always looks clean and neat as visitors walk around downtown Amsterdam, the municipal administration now manages its waste disposal smartly and cost-effectively with an M2M solution.

At heavily frequented locations the garbage cans were always full to overflowing and trash accumulated on the sidewalk, whereas elsewhere they were almost unused when the truck came round to empty them. Amsterdam urgently needed a clean solution for its city-center garbage problem. The aim was to empty and clean all garbage cans and a number of public toilets reliably and cost-effectively. The specification when the project was put out to tender was that garbage cans were as precisely as possible to be emptied when they were two thirds full and the cleaning schedules were to be adapted to actual requirements. The city now has a sophisticated emptying and cleaning schedule. An M2M solution developed by Telekom partner WSS Infocard BV shows in detail which container and which facility is to be cleaned or serviced and when.


Connected garbage cans reveal themselves


To implement the WSS solution, the 2,000 or so garbage cans and a number of public toilets in downtown Amsterdam were first equipped with an RFID chip. The next step was to register each of them in the management software. Municipal employees access the application via a simple Web interface because the system runs on WSS servers. That is an advantage for the municipal administration because its existing IT architecture is not involved. Each street cleaning team now has a handheld device, and before they start cleaning a member of the team scans the RFID chip and records the exact condition of the container or the public along with all of the work that the cleaning team has carried out. This data is relayed straight to the WSS servers via the mobile network and the municipal administration has a real-time overview of how clean the city is.



Automated data flow ensures smart waste management


The solution provider, WSS Infocard Systems, is a Dutch company that is specialized in IT solutions for smart monitoring and management of waste flows. Since 1992, WSS has developed, manufactured and installed systems for modern municipal and local authority waste disposal. Its customers include companies in Benelux, Switzerland and Germany. That is why WSS relies for its M2M solutions on the reliable mobile network of Deutsche Telekom and its partners across Europe.

Amsterdam provides an on demand service


In the course of a few months Amsterdam drew up a detailed emptying and maintenance schedule that is continuously updated. The result is that some garbage cans are emptied six times a day and others only twice a week. All cleaning and maintenance work is done on demand and in budget. Data transmission costs are readily calculable thanks to special M2M mobile phone tariffs.

Tags: garbage disposal , waste disposal , amsterdam , Smart City , Internet of Things , Machine-to-Machine , M2M , IOT , smart waste management

Comments (1)

  1. Alan Pierce

    Mar 18, 2016 - 14:01

    Alan Pierce

    Good job done for Amsterdam! Considering waste management is an innovation in the 21 century. Trying to keep our environment as clean as possible can help to deal with global disasters like air pollution, global warming, water shortage and many others. I hope all of the countries in EU will start intelligently disposing their waste very soon.

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