Bee’ah –the Middle East’s leading and award winning integrated environmental and waste management company – took home the coveted first prize in the Etisalat Intelligent Fleet Management category at the very first M2M Awards, hosted by Etisalat and held on 12 May at the UAE’s The Address Dubai Marina.
The awards luncheon – which brought together Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and IT professionals to discover and discuss recent advances and benefits of machines-to-machine (M2M) technologies – aimed to recognize excellence in the UAE’s M2M ecosystem and key achievements in the nominees’ respective sectors.
Since its founding in 2007, Bee’ah has utilized ICT to build integrated communications systems that further support the organization’s business objectives and spur green growth. In effect, the company’s ICT department has served as a prime instigator of ground-breaking eco-tools and technological advancements that enhance the unique waste collection and disposal operations of Bee’ah. In recent years, Bee’ah has set in motion a powerful ICT strategy that strongly emphasizes the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software; fleet and bin management structures; and, waste management innovations.
The fleet and bin management system initiated by Bee’a his the first of its kind in the Middle East. Bins located around the city of Sharjah are fitted with sensors that monitor and track the volume of waste.
When a bin is almost full, these sensors transmit data back to the control centre, and provide the best route for the fleet to take – on par with the team’s schedule and vehicle availabilities.
Bee’ah currently boasts over 500 street cleaning and waste collection vehicles – an impressive fleet number designed to help curtail alarming trends in waste management and spearhead positive environmental change across the emirate of Sharjah. All of these vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking and computerized route-optimization systems, which are then used to maximize vehicle service productivity and develop more efficient routes, thus reducing carbon footprint. Remarkably, all of Bee’ah’s waste collection and haulage vehicles are also fuelled with low sulphur diesel – used to decrease particulate emissions without lowering performance.
Bee’ah’s incredibleM2M Awards win further cements its dedication to shaping environmental thoughts, attitudes and behaviours across communities – a mission that is in line with the company’s goal to achieve zero-waste to landfill in Sharjah by 2015.
This objective– established in accordance with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah – will catapult the emirate into the Environmental Capital of the Middle East and make it the first Arab city ever to divert 100% of its waste from landfill.
“We are so proud to have received this industry accolade from the inaugural M2M Awards – an exceptional platform created to honour the region’sM2M leaders,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, Bee’ah’s Group CEO.
“Garnering Etisalat’s Intelligent Fleet Management title is a true testament to our commitment to clean, advanced technologies that help to ensure pollution control and environmental protection. In the past six years, Bee’ah has revolutionized Sharjah’s environmental sector – by promptly delivering cutting-edge solutions.”
He also added, “We pride ourselves on serving as a pioneering catalyst for environmental change and look forward to continuing this legacy for years to come.”
Since 2009, Bee’ah has focused heavily on the issue of resource recovery, allowing it to achieve a very high –62% – landfill diversion rate in Sharjah. Today, the company continuously invests in exploring and developing systems for the treatment of non-recyclable waste.
In fact, in March 2014, Tandeef – the waste collection, street cleaning and city beautification division of Bee’ah –introduced state-of-the-art,cost-effective lagoon cleaning boats to its existing fleet of electric-powered vehicles.
The new fleet includes ‘zero emission’ mobile equipment such as waste compacters, urban vacuum cleaners, automated sweepers and street vacuums. The region’s first solar-powered water cleaning boats can collect up to two hundred kilograms a day of waste from Sharjah’s lagoons and floating debris.