The biggest challenges facing the waste management industry are ineffective collections, irregular waste pickups, and the efficient sorting of waste, according to a recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan.
“Companies should leverage IoT and big data to optimize and increase the efficiency of their waste management processes and strengthen client relationships,” said the consultancy’s Akshaya Gomatam Ramachandran, Energy & Environment Research Analyst. The report echoes AMCS’s own findings of a year ago, which revealed that the waste and recycling industry is investing less than 1% of their revenue in ICT, with most companies spending on procuring more trucks, containers or installations. More of the same, in other words. These investments won’t address challenges such as ineffective collections in any game-changing way.
Rethinking your strategy
Companies that haven’t yet embraced vehicle technology need to rethink their strategy going forward if they’re to make significant improvements in efficiency, and thus, revenues.
According to Contractor magazine, vehicle telematics “can deliver at least 500% return on investment (ROI) when used to the fullest.” The magazine sites efficiency, fuel savings and decreased labor costs as the reason businesses see 100% ROI within just a few months. “Vehicle telematics helps businesses save money in a myriad of ways that it shouldn’t be considered an expense, but rather as a tool to reduce costs, reduce risk, and increase revenue.”
If telematics – technology that monitors vehicles – can do that, what can going one step further with vehicle technology accomplish?
What is vehicle technology?
Vehicle technology controls costs by making onboard weighing, bin identification, and waste collection easier and more efficient.
Vehicle technology, if done right, gives you a deeper view into your operations so that you can see what’s working and what’s not. It allows you to put a stop to revenue leakage and control costs. In effect, it’s future-proofing your business. Examples of vehicle technology include:
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
If you carry a contactless card, you already have personal experience of using RFID. RFID uses radio waves to read, capture, and interact with information stored on a tag, which in the case of waste management, is attached to bins.
- On-board weighing
Know the exact weight of your bins, implement pay-by-waste collection services, offer varied pricing plans – this technology gives you lots of possibilities for increasing your profitability.
- On-board computer and in-cab tablet solution
The ability to coordinate, arrange and rearrange schedules. Allows you to use your drivers more efficiently based on real-time information, while drivers can feedback information to you in real-time.
What do these technologies do?
Let’s look at AMCS’s best-in-class vehicle technology, which gives you a fully calibrated and robust bin management system. It’s really very simple. When integrated these technologies give you real-time visibility into your vehicles, routes, and collection progress so that you can get a deeper view of your operations and see what’s working and what’s not.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
AMCS’ RFID identifies and tracks your waste containers. More than that, it validates, monitors and optimizes waste collections. It’s been proven to increase fleet efficiency by up to 25%. It gives you proof of service and tracks your exact number of lifts.
When used with AMCS’ GPS option, you can also improve route planning and real-time efficiency monitoring by tracking vehicles. Smarter routes are how you reduce mileage and fuel, of course.
AMCS’ onboard weighing solutions give you real-time data for each container. You can optimize load efficiency across your fleet so that each truck is operating to full capacity. You can identify profitable – and unprofitable customers.
With AMCS Weighbridge, for example, you can collect and manage weight information quickly. It allows you to track all incoming and outgoing material at the weighbridge. If you have a steady flow of vehicles constantly entering and leaving your site and weighing needs to be done quickly, then a dynamic weighbridge makes perfect sense. You can also document compliance with overload regulations, making the whole process so much easier than before.
This is AMCS’s onboard computer and in-cab tablet solution and enables you to give customers a higher level of service while streamlining your operations. Drivers are issued with tablets, on which they can have constant contact with planners, receiving information such as schedule changes in real-time. The results are a reduction in wasted journeys, fleet mileage, fuel, and emissions. It can also increase the capacity of your skip fleet and automate your billing system.
In the end, it’s about productivity
Vehicle technology can add a real boost to productivity in so many ways. From eliminating the need to manually key in data to coordinating with drivers in real-time, every aspect of vehicle technology is designed to make you more productive and reduce your operational costs.
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