VMC for Urban Waste Collection
Waste management services can be seen in nearly every residential and commercial areas. However, the conventional operating processes often lead to inefficient management performance on account of the outdated manual collection methods and logistics processes that lack efficient data-driven solutions. The rapid urbanization across regions and the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) have contributed to the emergence of smart waste collection. Such management solutions are made possible by the application of technologies like IoT sensors, RFID, GPS and cloud-based software for intelligent monitoring, route optimization and data analytics.
A smart waste management company in UAE catering to millions of residents through municipal services deploys the IoT methods mentioned above, yet they were looking for a rugged Android in-vehicle solution to help integrate the data collected through the sensors and RFID readers and communicate with the command center to take their truck tracking system to the next level.
Needed a rugged vehicle-mounted computer to be securely mounted inside a vehicle. The VMC should be waterproof, dustproof and resistant to shock and vibration considering the dusty working environments. Meanwhile, it had to be able to function well within a wide temperature range owning to the high daytime temperatures in UAE.
They wanted the device to contain rich I/O interfaces, including a COM port to connect with the RFID reader and bin weighing machine, and a CAN Bus connector to help collect vehicle relevant data such as checking if it is idling or speeding. Capabilities for wireless connection from GPS to 4G were also requested, for real-time tracking of the truck fleet on their routes helped maintain high productivity while improving operational costs.