Innovation at the core of Bee’ah’s revolutionary new smart bins

June 29, 2014 11:35 am

In line with its mission to spearhead sustainability efforts across the Emirate of Sharjah, Bee’ah – the Middle East’s leading and award winning integrated environmental and waste management company has just announced the launch of pioneering new Smart Bins, designed with small battery-powered wireless sensors. A remarkable waste container monitoring initiative created to optimize the collection of waste and recyclables – these devices can adequately measure how full waste containers are in real time and immediately communicate this data to the server.

This technological advancement – one of the first of its kind in the region – will help to ensure that containers are collected only once full and therefore curb unnecessary clean-up or collection costs – up to 20% or more. The truth is, overfilled or half-empty containers – a major cause of poor equipment utilization – are common waste management issues; they generate hefty fees and cause environmental hazards at collection sites.

This new monitoring system, however, can help to encourage a smaller ecological footprint by guaranteeing fewer collection routes, decreasing carbon emissions and less traffic congestions.

So, how do these sensor devices actually work? They are firmly attached and hidden out of sight under the container lids. The inside of the container is measured and details are sent across the cellular network to Bee’ah’s cloud server for analysis and display. From there, a list of the containers that are full and ready to be collected is sent to Bee’ah drivers through the fleet management system.

In addition, the bins will be tagged so their locations can be easily identified; moreover, the installed sensors work to track the bins’ movements so that if they flip over or change positions, Bee’ah’s control room is immediately alerted. Information surrounding heat levels from inside the containers is also conveyed – in case a fire breaks out.

“Bee’ah has long been committed to investing in innovative environmental systems, tools and equipment – so as to help solve critical issues related to waste management,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, Bee’ah’s Group CEO. “The new Smart Bins Sensors offer a major leap forward for Sharjah’s environmental sector; their implementation is crucial and right on par with our goals to deliver practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges here in Sharjah.”

In recent years, Bee’ah has focused heavily on treating waste and converting it into useful material – a strategy that further cements its commitment to achieving zero waste to landfill. 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.