Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Small And Smart Waste Sensor

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OSCΑR, a compact waste sensor, revolutionizes waste management with optimal connectivity, good battery life and efficient collections, reducing CO2 emissions.

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Adhoc Networks have launched the world’s smallest smart waste sensor module, OSCAR, measuring 71x43x28mm. The company claims that the sensor offers all the functionalities of its predecessor but in a significantly compact size. It is the world’s tiniest smart waste sensor, paving the way for innovative applications. It can measure container fill levels up to 4m with a 27° cone angle. Given the compact size of the Oscar sensor, it’s suitable for even smaller containers, such as public trash bins.

The Oscar sensor boasts superb connectivity via the Narrowband-IoT and LTE-M mobile networks. This means it’s even effective in underground container systems without the necessity for an external antenna, as long as there’s average network coverage in the area. By default, the sensor takes 12 fill-level measurements daily and uploads the data to the cloud thrice. Should specific thresholds be met, data is transmitted immediately. With these configurations, the sensor averages a battery lifespan of 5 years, powered by just a single AA battery.

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The optical sensor monitors waste container fill level, enabling efficient collection scheduling and reducing collection fleet CO2 emissions by up to 40%. OSCAR replaces the company’s first-generation sensor, Portable High-resolution Integrated Logger (PHIL), which global local authorities have utilised with over 1000 installations. 

“Knowing the exact level in every container ensures that there are no wasted collections of part-filled containers and, even more importantly, no overflowing containers,” commented Ole Ostermann, CEO of adhoc networks. “Our approach is the perfect solution for monitoring the new generation of waste containers that are larger and discretely located below ground level. These are not currently easy to check the fill level apart from lifting a lid, so they are usually emptied more often than necessary just to be sure, but that is a waste of resources.”

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Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is a journalist at EFY. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with over five years of academic experience. Her expertise lies in working with development boards and IoT cloud. She enjoys writing as it enables her to share her knowledge and insights related to electronics, with like-minded techies.

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