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Remote bin monitor uploads data to the cloud

Bin mounted n pod sensor

What is your product?

The netBin fill level monitoring solution from FarSite Communi­cations offers smart and efficient waste management by wirelessly reporting fill levels of containers with the bin-mounted sensor to our cloud-based management platform.

It offers waste managers the ability to react in real time to behaviour at a bin, and to analyse historical data allowing schedul­ing and process improvements.

How does it work?

Using the nPod sensor’s ultrasonic measuring techniques, the fill level of a bin is recorded at regular intervals and pushed up the cloud management platform over the mobile phone network. The plat­form allows users to visualise the reported data and respond accordingly, whether that is to create an optimised collection route or alert operators to a sus­pected fire.

Where would it ideally be used?

NetBin can be used on a range of containers, from large roll-off skips, small litter bins to bins con­taining paper for shredding.

How is it different?

The nPod sensor features a unique rotating dual ultrasonic barrel which provides great flexibility – for example, sensors can be mounted to the side of bins with the barrel looking into the bin base and it can detect material very close to the nPod.

What benefits does it offer?

The system allows the operation of a more efficient waste service, reducing collections cost, cutting CO2 emissions and ensuring that unsightly, overfilling bins are a thing of the past.

Bin mounted n pod sensor 1

Bin mounted n pod sensor 1

Where has it been used?

NetBin has been deployed all over the world, from monitoring 10,000 litter bins across Singa­pore to improving textile collec­tion efficiency with the Salvation Army in the UK.

What about maintenance?

The system is almost mainte­nance-free. But the sensors are battery-powered and would need to be replaced after 10 years of use. When sensors are used in extremely dirty environments, a clean every so often is also helpful. The nPod is IP66-rated so can be jet-washed.


These vary according to the num­bers of bins to be monitored. Sys­tems can be leased or purchased with maintenance included for a set period; there are many options.

Any savings?

We would anticipate saving cus­tomers between 30% and 45% on collection costs and allowing them to run a higher standard of service for clients. We have also seen many cases where netBin has identified theft from containers that contain valuable assets.

How many have you sold and where?

We have thousands of sensors across the world operating in a wide range of waste management fields, including the UK, US, Aus­tralia, China, Singapore and the Middle East. Uptake of the smart waste management solution increased rapidly in 2016 as the world wakes up to the possibilities of smart city thinking.

How is it future-proofed?

The sensors can be updated remotely, so the live systems are kept up to date with the latest improvements. The nPods use established and future-proofed mobile phone networks to ensure continued use for years to come.

Any future applications?

FarSite has also launched the nTag sensor, which allows managers to detect when bins or places have been visited by operators and the duration of each visit. The entire process is autonomous, requiring no user input from the operator and no operator training.

The sensors can be used across numerous cleaning applications, as well as from a waste manage­ment perspective, to ensure that collection and cleaning frequen­cies are maintained.

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