RFID Tags For Waste Bin Management

- Apr 17, 2019-

European waste-management company is using RFID technology to automatically gain visibility into bin collection as part of its Waste program. The passive UHF solution was using the cloud-based software, as well as RFID reader technology.

The system has employed low-frequency (LF) technology, which was captured and managed by a variety of processes and software platforms, depending on the municipality or company. The technology company sought a more seamless solution that would make the management of bins easier and universal across all of its clients' sites,   With UHF technology, the readers could capture tag ID numbers at a distance of several meters, and enable workers to capture and input tag data more quickly and easily than they did with LF RFID.

Users of the waste bin solution, employing rfidtechnology, are now applying an off-the-shelf UHF RFID tag to each bin as it is distributed to a customer's site. They then read the tag via a handheld RFID reader and link the tag's unique ID to customer data in the rfid software, 

The uhf rfid Android-based rugged mobile computer with a quad-core processor, as well as a built-in 1D or 2D barcode scanner, 4G module, can send data via a 4G cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The device detects its GPS location, and that data is linked to the tag ID as the tag is being read, as well as to the customer's information, such as his or her name and address. In this way, operators can quickly associate one or more bins to a specific location.

Waste-collection vehicles are equipped with a fixed RFID reader, attached to the hopper, to automatically track when and where each bin is emptied. As a bin is raised to the hopper for dumping, the reader captures its tag ID, and a wireless unit aboard the truck can forward that data to the software, along with the GPS location, via a cellular connection.

In some cases, waste collectors use handheld readers as well. For example,  waste collectors capture RFID tag ID numbers via a handheld reader each time they empty a bin, and the GPS data on the handheld helps to confirm not only that the bin has been emptied, but that it is located in the proper place.