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Building on the digital vision of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, The City Council has started a project to install smart sensors in waste containers throughout the city, To provide resources and manage operations smarter and more efficiently.
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Building on the digital vision of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, The City Council has started a project to install smart sensors in waste containers throughout the city, To provide resources and manage operations smarter and more efficiently.

Without exception, Governments of the twenty-first century face its various challenges, of a steady population growth accompanied by many requirements and needs imposed by modern life, Aspirations for economic prosperity, It is not an end to the climate change crisis and its negative consequences.

Like other developed countries, Scotland has several priorities to pursue, Such as ensuring the provision of excellent government services and providing a clean environment and a high quality of life for its residents.

In the fast-growing capital, Local authorities are focusing on changing the form of municipal services that consume a lot of time and resources. For example The City Council operates a fleet of garbage trucks, each of which drives a predetermined route, You pass through a series of containers to empty them. Due to the different population density and daily habits from one neighborhood to another, Some containers may be half-full, Municipal workers must check this manually. While waste may overflow other containers until trucks reach them, causing environmental and visual pollution, Not to mention that this mechanism of action leads to massive fuel consumption and increases greenhouse gas emissions, They are also far from optimal manpower investments.

Edinburgh City Council has found that technology and smart solutions are the choice of the times. This is what prompted him to develop the smart city plan, which requires employing technology to provide high-quality services to citizens to establish the capital as one of the smart, inclusive and digitally sustainable global cities. Within a project that lasts for 5 years, The City Council will install 11,000 smart sensors in waste containers distributed across the city to measure waste levels in each container. And when it was emptied and how often it was used.

Through the Internet of Things, These sensors will be linked to the fleet of waste trucks. Thus, It can send notifications when a container is full to direct the truck to, Identify pressure points where waste accumulates quickly, such as containers near cafes, fast food restaurants, public transport stops, parking lots, schools, malls, etc. Local authorities have invited residents to guide them to these points online and share their views on whether they meet the need in terms of number, type, distribution and accessibility.

To protect sensors from contaminants or liquid substances that may spoil them, They will be placed inside small gray bins before being installed at the back of the waste containers.

The efforts of the capital authorities come within the framework of a national effort to reach a circular economy by reducing the population's demand for primary resources and perpetuating a culture of recycling those resources. The government hopes that Scottish society will reuse 95% of its waste by 2025. To achieve this ambitious goal, The non-profit organisation Zero Scotland has launched the Resource Efficiency programme with funding from the government and the European Regional Development Fund. The program provides support to government, private and joint sector organizations to enhance their productivity and use energy, water, raw materials and other resources more efficiently.

But the success of these endeavors may require years of work. In the Smart Waste Management project, Despite the effectiveness of the solution itself, There is a range of considerations that policymakers and service operators should consider. Perhaps most notably, the enormous cost required to upgrade waste containers at the city level, Not to mention an entire country, Because it is not a one-time cost, Here comes the second challenge, Maintaining this equipment requires a permanent budget, time and technicians who monitor, inspect, repair and replace sensors as a result of damage or possibly sabotage. Citizens' behavior itself can be challenging.

This project forms part of a network of sensors deployed throughout the city to make it smart in all fields, The Edinburgh Government complements its efforts with a real-time data platform to assess service performance and monitor city conditions.

These solutions remain new and constrained by the capabilities of existing systems, But if it is implemented according to government plans, It will solve a complex and long-standing problem.

By establishing improved trail lanes for waste trucks, The Municipal Services Authority will save a lot of time and resources, and reduce environmental impact, This means more efficient waste collection operations, a better level of public health and a more aesthetic view of the city. This will help the City of Edinburgh achieve its goals of carbon neutrality by 2030.

Besides the environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits, This digital transformation will improve the performance of local authorities and provide a better experience for citizens. It leads them to an environmentally friendly community that lives in luxury within a clean and green city.







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