Need-based waste management with the Smart Waste Management Suite by LHIND

Smart Waste as a Digital Signpost Towards More Efficiency and Sustainability

Technological progress and digital solutions can simplify processes, optimize procedures and promote sustainability. In the waste disposal industry, Smart Waste is a groundbreaking solution that allows for coping with challenges such as increasing or highly fluctuating waste volumes, personnel shortages and bottlenecks due to social crises.

Definition: What is Smart Waste?
smart waste: Intelligent fill level sensors are used to create an optimized route.
Calculations can prevent time-consuming and costly empty trips.

Using Smart Waste, the conventional garbage can or garbage container becomes a waste container monitored by sensors whose fill level can be considered along with current personnel capacities and vehicle availability to calculate an efficient waste disposal route. Thus, waste disposal companies can avoid unnecessary trips, save costs and limit emissions.

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Smart Waste as a custom solution for different needs

Sustainability is becoming increasingly relevant for many companies and players in waste disposal logistics. Smart Waste therefore offers very different, need-based solutions and benefits for the following industry-specific requirements:

  • Digitize and optimize your entire waste disposal logistics with the SWM Suite by LHIND
  • Switch to need-based emptying by using AI and forecast models
  • Reduce empty trips and thus costs and CO2 emissions
  • Prevent overflowing collection containers
  • Reduce your employees’ workloads

  • Can efficiently counter spontaneous waste fluctuations by using Smart Waste concepts
  • Can have waste picked up and disposed of based on need
  • Promote a clean cityscape without overflowing waste containers by using Smart Waste
  • Enjoy advantages with the increasing use of space-saving underground containers by using automatic fill level measurements

  • Expand their portfolios by smart waste containers with sensors
  •  Allow their customers to be directly connected to a Smart Waste infrastructure without the cost of retrofitting

  • Achieve more transparency about waste volumes that were produced or possibly residual waste that can be sold, and thus can optimize pick-up
  • Increase the company’s sustainability through reduced CO2 emissions
  • Improve the cycle economy, avoid superfluous routes and thus reduce costs
Benefit now from the advantages of the LHND Smart Waste solution:
  • Optimization of waste disposal logistics
  • Efficiency improvement by digitizing processes
  • Need-based emptying of waste containers
  • Better overview of collection regions or individual areas
  • Reduce employee workload through fewer unnecessary trips
  • Save costs and reduce CO2 emissions
  • Increase waste disposal quality and care of accommodations by preventing overflowing containers
  • Time-saving vehicle navigation to the collection points
  • Reduction of complaints
  • Transparent fill level development per collection center
  • Central data recording directly in the portal
  • Efficient coordination of collection partners
A digital Smart Waste management solution allows for perfect control of waste disposal logistics: Fill level-based emptying and optimized trip planning with location and temperature transmission, asset management option, and so much more.

Smart features and functions to optimize your waste management

All information converges in the web-based portal of our Smart Waste Management Suite: You and your employees thus gain a detailed overview of your waste logistics. This simplifies analysis and the optimization based on it, and contributes to reducing the workload of waste disposal employees on site:

Intelligent sensors ensure digital fill level recording and monitoring of decentralized waste containers. This information is compiled clearly in the central control portal.

Fill level forecasts are generated via AI by including fill levels so far (history) and your development (forecast) as well as additional information (among others, weather, changes in user behavior due to home office, etc.), and are included in trip planning.

Superfluous trips are avoided by dynamic route planning. Routes are planned automatically in the system depending on fill levels and while considering forecast models.

With a comprehensive assessment and monitoring system, you achieve a versatile risk management across all levels of your supply chain.

The drivers receive the optimized route directly on the tablet in the collection vehicle and drive to the containers to be emptied without detours using navigation.

Visualization of container locations and routes on clear maps helps to reduce employee workload.

The integrated navigation guides drivers on the best path to the next pick-up location for emptying.

Successful emptying is tracked in the logbook by sensor messages in real time and clearly presented.

Geofencing of vehicles and containers simplifies control, can serve as the basis for asset management, and combined with warnings, it can suggest theft of expensive containers or vehicles, or support the locating of containers on company premises or in similar areas.

If there are indications of vandalism or theft, warnings are sent, for example, if the waste containers leave the defined area.

Intelligent sensors record rising temperatures in collection containers and, if necessary, issue fire alerts. This optimizes fire protection for residents and waste disposal personnel, and alerts the local fire department early.

An overview of each collection region that is saved in the system offers valuable additional information, for example about limits on navigability in certain areas.

The portal offers a convenient overview of your own or your collection partners’ vehicles, including load capacity, operating times, fill levels and real time locations.

Container analyses can be performed manually or automatically by the system, based on information about location, fill level, fill level forecast, temperature warnings. The results can be sorted by various filter options.

Analysis options and historical data on emptying and quantities can be retrieved in the portal.

Supplies, vehicles, etc. can be managed reliably and transparently in the system.

An individually configurable dashboard with an overview of all relevant data is available in the portal for control.

Smart Waste with LHIND: A total package of full solutions

From hardware to software and up to the Internet connection, all components are included in the SWM Suite total package, this also includes needs analysis and implementation of the solution by LHIND. On request, we can implement individual adjustments, expansions or connections to other customer systems.

Intelligent sensor for waste containers © SLOC GmbH

Intelligent sensors that are attached to the waste containers with little effort supply the relevant data to the SWM Suite. Thanks to AI-based forecast models, not every container must be definitely equipped with sensors – thus the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is lower compared to other solutions.

  • Transmission of fill levels: The sensors continuously determine the fill levels of the waste containers using ultrasound and light sensors. The IoT technology monitors and transmits the fill level continuously, which is not possible with conventional waste containers. Intelligent light sensors work with both open and closed containers; therefore, both dumpsters and simple garbage cans can be equipped with it. Dirt does not impair fill level monitoring.
  • Fire hazard control: Increased temperatures and fire hazards are also registered by the sensors. Fire alerts are transmitted immediately to the central Smart Waste Management portal or directly to the local fire department.
  • Registration of emptying: Emptying of a container is registered and processed by recording container movement in combination with the changed fill level.
  • Location identification and transmission of position: Internal applications identify and continuously follow the location.
  • Battery level transmission: The devices’ battery levels are transmitted continuously and automatically for timely maintenance.
  • Low mintenance effort: High-capacity batteries with a service life of up to 10 years reduce the maintenance effort.
Real-time data transmission to waste disposal vehicles. Real-time data transmission to waste disposal vehicles. © SLOC GmbH

The various system components exchange their data in real time: Sensors report fill levels, etc. to the portal, which sends, e.g., optimized emptying routes to the mobile devices in the waste disposal vehicles. From there, information such as the state of the container or soiling of collection locations is returned to the portal.

  • The sensors transmit their data via a mobile network with LTE Cat M or NB IoT (Narrowband IoT) or LoRa to the SWM Suite as the central recording, analysis and control unit.
  • The mobile devices used (tablets and smartphones) as well as the sensors receive their updates and settings “Over The Air.” This ensures that the devices are configured quickly and cost-effectively, and are always up to date.
App for mobile devices © SLOC GmbH

For a smart infrastructure, the waste disposal vehicles are equipped with mobile devices (tablets or smartphones) that are in contact with the central SWM Suite.

  • Relevant information from the platform, such as dynamically generated routes based on fill level, can be retrieved on the devices.
  • In addition, employees can transmit complaints to the platform during their rounds of emptying containers.
  • During introduction of Smart Waste, the app can be rolled out to either existing or newly purchased devices.
  • Device management, including rollout and updates, is controlled centrally.
SWM Suite as central management portal © SLOC GmbH

The web-based Smart Waste Management Suite is the core: Here all data come together to clearly and holistically combine the entire Smart Waste system, all partners, routes, locations, fill levels, assets, analyses, etc. into a single system. Using AI, optimized routes are generated and sent to colleagues at work, fill level forecasts are created, collection containers and locations optimized and complaints analyzed.

  • The SWM Suite is a clear and easily operated, central management portal for optimizing waste disposal logistics.
  • Data from the field are fed in real time into the cloud-based software system, automatically analyzed there and in specific information is output in the next step.
  • Using interfaces, additional customer systems such as ERP systems, external trip planning or alarm systems (e.g., fire alarm via SMS) can be connected for smart total waste disposal logistics.

Intelligent Waste management: Application benefits and examples

Graphic with performance data for the evaluation of smart waste management.
The use of intelligent fill level sensors improves the capacity utilization of containers and vehicles in waste disposal logistics.
  • Additional revenues due to verifiable services
  • Perfect adjustments of container volumes
  • Best emptying intervals in case of seasonal fluctuations
  • Eliminate reasons for complaints through hotspot analyses
The dynamic route is displayed intuitively within the application.
Example of an optimized and dynamic route for more efficient use of containers and fleet.
  • Inefficient locations (collection points) can be evaluated and optimized
  • Cost reduction through targeted use of the fleet
  • Reduction of manual pick-up requests
  • Need-based emptying according to fill level
  • Reduction of trips that are not used to capacity or are empty
Overfilled glass containers are not a pretty sight.
With Smart Waste, overflowing containers are a thing of the past.
  • Automation permits cost reduction through fewer vehicles
  • Reduction of effort by avoiding unnecessary emptying
  • Cost reduction through best container capacity utilization
  • Customer satisfaction from a consistently clean cityscape
  • Recording and reporting of increased temperatures for fire alerts
  • Timely alarm to the local fire department
  • Preventing destruction of expensive waste containers

FAQs: What our customers often want to know

Need-oriented emptying of waste containers based on dynamic trip planning forms the cornerstone of working efficiently in the waste disposal industry and turns a city a bit more into a Smart City.

Smart Waste Management saves unnecessary trips, which means companies need to use fewer vehicles and employees. This results in cost savings, greater customer satisfaction and a reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the waste disposal company can decide based on data collected whether it places additional containers in busy places, adjusts the intervals for emptying or changes locations.

SWM allows for reducing empty trips and emptying containers as needed – adjusted to fluctuations in user behavior and based on analysis of real-time data. This allows for consistent and ongoing reduction in emissions and effort.

Because we assume the entire integration of system components on your and your customers’ behalf: LHIND integrates SLOC’s sensor technology solutions and high tech devices for IoT use cases into the setup developed for each customer individually, assumes configuration, implementation and start-up of the total system, connection to additional customer systems, etc.

Implementation can be performed quickly and easily: The SWM Suite total package already covers many of our customers’ requirements. In addition, it can be installed and updated on existing devices, and conventional waste containers can be effortlessly retrofitted with sensors.

Why Lufthansa Industry Solutions and SLOC?

As service provider for IT consulting and system integration, Lufthansa Industry Solutions significantly shapes the digital transformation. Smart Waste and topics such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IT security are important pillars of digitalization. With our competence, our technical expertise and our experience in the waste disposal industry, we support our specialist waste disposal companies in the implementation of corresponding systems. Our technology partner SLOC is a proven expert for digital waste management and develops sensors that are best suited to Smart Waste. This allows us to offer our customers an efficient Smart Waste total system – adjustable to each company's needs, expandable and with the option of creating interfaces to additional customer systems.


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