Wireless technology boosts waste management
An economic boost through smart solutions: according to estimates, smart waste management markets will grow at an annual rate of 40 per cent.
Enevo Inc. utilises wireless sensor technology to optimise waste management. Sensors installed in waste containers and connected to a 3G mobile network indicate when each container needs to be emptied. The system also estimates the filling rate of containers and recommends routes for waste collection vehicles.
Established in 2010, the story of Enevo Inc. started when founding member Johan Engström was astonished by the scale of his housing association's waste management costs. The traditional operating model of waste management companies did not seem very effective, because waste collection vehicles empty waste containers based on schedules, not on needs.
“Even though the business idea originated from a housing association's point of view, we developed a service model for waste management companies. It would help to optimise waste collection in a comprehensive way,” says Olli Gunst, marketing manager at Enevo.
Data from sensors and other sources
The sensor developed by Enevo is based on ultrasonic radar similar to a depth sounder used on boats. The small device installed in waste containers is filled with analysis technology: a temperature sensor, an acceleration sensor, an orientation sensor and a 3G modem that wirelessly indicate the filling rate and temperature of waste containers. The device's built-in e-SIM card connects the sensor to a DNA 3G mobile network.
“The sensor helps us to see inside waste containers and to predict the rate at which they become full. In addition to data produced by sensors, we also collect volumes of other raw data, such as for traffic and weather. Our service defines optimal and highly economical waste collection routes for our customers,” Gunst says.
“Because transportation accounts for half of all waste management costs, the Enevo service helps waste management companies to achieve significant savings. The service has enabled Enevo's customers to save up to 50 per cent of their logistics costs.
Uninterrupted data transfer
DNA has partnered with Enevo since 2012. A functional network connection is vital, as it allows Enevo to offer a high-quality and uninterrupted service to its customers.
“Using DNA's M2M data subscriptions, our servers and sensors communicate continuously with each other. DNA has also tailored a separate roaming agreement for us. As a result, our sensors located abroad have access to the best possible connection, regardless of the network,” Gunst says.
Research company ABI Research estimates that the market of smart waste management solutions will increase at an annual rate of 40 per cent during the latter half of this decade. According to Enevo's vision, there will be tens of millions of smart waste measuring sensors in the world within the next five years.
Currently, there are more than 10,000 smart Enevo waste containers in 35 different countries. The company employs a total of 70 people in Finland, the UK, the United States and Japan.
“We are focusing on developed markets, such as the Nordic countries, Western Europe, North America, and Japan, that is, markets with existing recycling and waste management systems,” Gunst says.