Today GPS technology is not just limited to tracking the exact location of vehicles or find different routes but can be extensively used in waste management. Authorities all around the world are using this technology to keep their cities clean with much more efficiency.
How can GPS help?
Waste management companies need to know the exact location of garbage containers in order to pick up garbage on-time and regularly. A GPS tracker identifies the nearest vehicle to a container which results in maximizing efficiency and minimizing distances.
It not only increases efficiency but is also cost-effective and saves time. Drivers are given the fastest route to reach various garbage disposals. This is done with the help of easy-to-read maps that does not require any rigorous training.
Business can benefit from this technology too. Waste management companies can save their operational costs by reducing fuel spend as routes can be optimized and excessive driving can be eliminated.
Many countries around the world are adopting this technology to solve waste management issues. Like many companies in Malaysia are using remote sensing systems to reduce the driver’s workload and confirms the position of the truck, improving their work efficiency.
Another good example is of Peru. A couple of years back government agencies in Lima, Peru, tagged vultures with GPS and GoPro cameras to help environment officials crack down on illegal waste dumps surrounding the Peruvian capital. Residents of Lima were being advised to follow proper guidelines for disposing of their trash because vultures were on their trail.
India setting an example
Now India also realizes the need to use GPS in order to remove waste effectively and the recent instance of Goa is a good example to cite. The solid waste management in Goa has approved the creation of a smartphone app called Black Spot Mobile Application to ensure that data about garbage blackspots are mapped and cleared across the state.
Likewise in Mumbai, the Bombay Municipal Corporation started a GPS based vehicle tracking and monitoring system for Solid Waste Management vehicles. This step was taken in order to track the SWM vehicles on a real-time basis.
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Even though there are lot of merits of GPS technology, there is a flip side to it. The data generated from the devices need to be collated and analyzed properly to reap the full benefits of this technology. For this more technology-savvy professionals are required.
Also even though the technology reduces operational costs of waste management companies, the installation of these systems are costly.
But whatever said and done, there is no doubt that GPS technology has plenty of benefits that can revolutionize the whole waste management system.