Published: 18th May 2018
These Bengaluru students developed an app that can track and collect garbage
The students from MVJ College of Engineering have deployed IoT and cloud technologies for real-time waste management for business establishments as well as the waste collectors
India generates about 62 Million Tonnes (MT) of municipal solid waste each year, of which, only 43 MT of waste is collected, 11.9 MT is treated and the remaining 31 MT is dumped in landfills.
As a much-needed solution to this problem, four students from Bengaluru-based MVJ College of Engineering have come up with an innovative measure to tackle the crises of waste management.
Sai Venkat Patro, Suvra Pratim Roy, Nikitha S and Megha S, all second-year ECE students, have developed two IoT (Internet of Things) based apps that can monitor waste collection and disposal in real time.
Waste counts: The students developed the project in less than a week's time and depended on IoT and cloud for its effective implementation
One app co-ordinates with the waste collectors and the other gets the information about where the waste is to be collected from - the dustbins' location as well as its capacity.
The bin is equipped with sensors to detect the capacity and produce the data, "We have attached the bin with a load sensor, ultrasonic sensor and a humidity sensor. A specific IP address assigned to each dustbin will give the drivers the exact location. Through the app interface, the driver can locate the dustbin as well," says Sauvra Pratim, one of the developers of the app.
The user app interface also keeps the user informed of how full the dustbin is. It also gives the user the accessibility to call the driver or to set a pickup for the garbage bin.
"The data collected from each dustbin is then stored in a cloud," Suvra adds.
Developed in less than a week's time, the students tell us that IoT was their first preference from the start, "One of the biggest challenge that the city is facing currently is waste-management, and we wanted to do find a solution to this using IoT," says Suvra.
The team solely relied on online research for the development of their idea, the only external help that they sought was a few valuable tips from city-based organisations that work on waste-management, "We completed this project without any help from our professors. The only help that we took was to interact with organisations that work on this field to get a clearer idea as to how to effectively implement our idea," Suvra adds.
The students hope to provide their service to industries and restaurants for effective waste management, "Our main target customers are industries and restaurants, using our system, business establishments can increase the efficiency of collecting waste and its disposal," Suvra concludes.