Smart Bins to Provide Green Solution for Croatia’s Burning Waste Issue

Lauren Simmonds

Could smart bins be the solution to Croatia’s concerning waste issues? If it’s up to A1 Croatia, then the answer is yes.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Lucija Spiljak writes on the 31st of October, 2020, the General Manager for A1’s business users, Ivan Gabric, said that the company wants to step towards the fourth industrial revolution, trying to recognise the trends of a green future, which they started two years ago when they launched the NB IoT network. They also introduced a free cooling system to reduce the use of air conditioners. “With national coverage with the A1 NB IoT network, we’re ready for the exponential growth of the IoT ecosystem in Croatia,” said Gabric.

The first model of a smart bin is designed for outdoor use, it enables the compression of waste by increasing the capacity of the smart bin by up to 10 times, it’s powered by solar energy and is energetically self-sustaining. The second model is for the internal part, and it’s also equipped with a press, status sensors and a system for connecting and sending information, and the disposal of waste in the smart bin is contactless, ie, it opens owing to a motion sensor. The third model is intended for indoor use, it uses artificial intelligence that detects the type of waste being placed in it with sensor cameras and automatically separates it into a suitable container. With the principle of machine learning, each time it recognises the type of waste, it learns, complements its own knowledge base and shares it with other bins in the system.

”Thanks to the IoT cloud platform, it’s possible to remotely check the status of the bin at any time so that discharge can be planned efficiently. The map shows the location of the bin, how full it is, and it’s possible to create optimal tour routes,” said Sinisa Stanicic, Director of ICT sales and solutions at A1 Croatia.

The bins can be connected via WiFi, GSM or NB IoT network. The highest standards of hygiene are achieved by non-contact opening, antibacterial coating and are hermetically sealed preventing the spread of unpleasant odors or liquids. They comply with all applicable directives and regulations of the European Union with the CE mark and certificate. It’s possible to extend their functionality by adding different sensors such as the measuring of air quality, noise level or WiFi.

”After smart parking, smart metres and air quality monitoring systems, A1 Croatia is continuing with this project with a demonstration of the application of IoT solutions. In addition, our experts will respond to all of the challenges of the smart city concept by creating solutions for specific user requirements. With national coverage with the A1 NB IoT network, we’re ready for the exponential growth of the IoT ecosystem in Croatia,” said Ivan Gabric of A1.

They added that the company presented a number of smart solutions for digitalisation and business improvement for business users on the website, along with a portfolio of services.

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