Garbage Monitoring System with LiDAR Sensors

Website 29/12/2022 bmvsi 5 minutes read

Our Approach

The garbage management situation is drastically worsening due to the growing population. Overflowing waste in public spaces leads to filthy conditions in the neighborhood and spreads several illnesses.
To solve this issue, we turned to LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, which manages its precise readings, and controls garbage tracking systems rapidly and intelligently. LiDAR sensors are capable of generating a 3D or 2D image with spatial and depth data for detecting, measuring, localizing, and tracking objects.
Garbage movements and measurements on the conveyor belt are monitored using LiDAR sensor systems. The implementation can have a very significant impact on the efficiency and sustainability of waste management operations.
The system can assist waste management firms to improve collection routes, saving fuel consumption and emissions, and boosting the recovery of recyclables and compostables by giving real-time information on waste containers.

Challenges of LiDAR Technology

The problems listed below emphasize the need for dependable LiDAR technology in waste management operations, as it delivers real-time information vital for improving garbage collection operations and minimizing waste transported to landfills.

  • Inaccurate Data & Waste Collection
    • This leads to more fuel consumption
  • Decreased recycling and composting
    • Lacking Accurate Data
  • Increased Manual Labor & Costs
    • Time-Consuming and Labor-Intensive
  • Increased Waste Sent To Landfills
    • Decreases Efficiency
  • Lack Of Real-time Information
    • Difficult to respond in changing conditions
  • Decreased Public Trust
    • By Lacking Accurate Information
  • Poor Logistics Management
    • Leads to Increase Waste
  • Inadequate infrastructure
    • Without the use of LiDAR Technology

What we Build

LiDAR sensors are used on conveyor belts in waste management facilities to detect garbage movement and categorize it.

The laser light emitted by the LiDAR sensor bounces off the surface of the garbage and returns to the sensor. The sensor measures the time it takes for the light to bounce back, allowing it to calculate the distance between the sensor and the garbage.

The LiDAR sensor data is analyzed and calculated in three different units by software algorithms to extract crucial information about the garbage, such as its size, shape, composition, and its exact temperature. The information is subsequently analyzed and saved in a database. A dashboard program is used to extract data from a database and show it in real-time visual representation, including real-time fill level measurement, the type of waste collected, motor speed, and trash quantity processed. This software is a web-based solution.

Furthermore, the real-time information supplied by LiDAR technology can serve to strengthen public trust in trash management operations and raise overall waste management system efficiency.

Results of LiDAR Technology

  • Increased accuracy in detecting and categorizing different types of waste.
  • Improved sorting accuracy: Using LiDAR sensors enables for exact measurement of each waste item, lowering the danger of contamination and enhancing garbage sorting accuracy.
  • Better waste management: By precisely categorizing waste, it is ensured that each type of waste is appropriately disposed of, limiting the negative environmental effect.
  • Increased recycling rates: Improved garbage sorting accuracy and efficient processing can lead to increased recycling rates. 
  • Improved efficiency and productivity in waste management and recycling processes.

Overall, installing LiDAR sensors on a conveyor belt in a garbage monitoring system may help waste management and the environment.
Along with waste management, LiDAR sensor technology is gaining traction in various sectors and disciplines, including robotics and autonomous systems, transportation, agriculture, surveying and mapping, architecture and engineering, archaeology and heritage preservation, and so on.

Key Features & Benefits

  • 3D Mapping
    • With a Comprehensive view of Operations
  • Increased Public Trust
    • Be Responsible and Sustainable Management 
  • Automated Data Collection
    • Improves Quality & Time 
  • Increased Efficiency & Accuracy
    • Automating the Waste Sorting Process
  • Improved Logistics Management & Safety
    • Real-Time Fill-level Measurement
  • Increased Recycling And Composting
    • Results in Reducing Waste Sent to Landfills.
  • Integration With Existing Systems
    • Without Hampering Infrastructure
  • Increased Sustainability
    • By Recovering Recyclables and Compostables

LiDAR sensors also increase the speed and efficiency of waste management operations while reducing the amount of manual work necessary by automating the waste sorting process.

They also minimize the number of garbage that results in landfills by enhancing waste sorting accuracy and recovering recyclables and compostables.


Tools & Technologies

Programming Languages & Technologies: React.js, .NET, Python

Application and web servers: Visual Studio, VS code  

Cloud computing & Services: AWS

Libraries, and frameworks: Framework 3.1, Microsoft Entity Core

Databases/Data storages: PostgreSQL

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