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GPS tracking of garbage trucks

  • 1.  GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 09 September 2013 13:15
    Afternoon all,

    I am finalizing our new waste contract, and GPS tracking has been flagged by my staff.

    What data are people collecting from there garbage truck GPS tracking, as we don't have it as a requirement in our current contract which is about to expire.

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    Robert Ladd
    Manager Engineering, Waste Operations and Contracts
    Pyrenees Shire Council
    BEAUFORT VIC

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  • 2.  RE:GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 10 September 2013 11:23
    I recall there being an excellent discussion of GPS tracking of Council Plant at this years MAV Infrastructure Management Conference, but I can't find the presentation on the MAV website.

    http://www.mav.asn.au/events/Pages/2013-lg-infrastructure-asset-management-conference-29052013.aspx

    I think it was someone from one of the Councils in the north east of the state (Victoria), but I can't quite remember.  Can anyone else who attended shed some more light on the matter?

    Regards,

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    Wayne Eddy
    Strategic Asset Planning Coordinator
    City of Whittlesea
    BUNDOORA MDC VIC
    wayne.eddy@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
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  • 3.  RE:GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 12 September 2013 20:46
    Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) which services over 100,000 households of Salisbury, Playford and Gawler councils introduced a new "fleet" of MGBs approximately 3 - 4 years ago and these bins had RFID technology. The associated software has enabled significant improvements in live tracking, complaints handling and resource planning. NAWMA's contact details are:  
    Ph 08 8252 9666    email admin@nawma.sa.gov.au

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    Peter Oye
    Team Leader- Strategic Asset Management
    City of Salisbury
    SALISBURY SAau

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  • 4.  RE:GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 12 September 2013 20:47

    I located a bit of information about the MAV conference presentation I mentioned.

    It was by Dave Barry the Acting CEO of Towong Council.

    The conference flyer blurb is as follows:

    "Cutting edge GPS technology that tracks the movements of Towong Shire Council's fleet has been developed entirely in-house by Council at a fraction of the cost of commercially available solutions. A return of many times over the initial investment to develop the software has been gained with significant savings achieved across capital asset purchases, fuel consumption and process efficiencies. Insight 360 collects information every 15 seconds about vehicle usage across the Towong Shire, from how long it takes to mow a certain park to how many potholes are filled each day. This software solution is leading technology for not only local government but also the private sector. Insight 360 delivers triple bottom line benefits: Benchmarked against 12 commercially available GPS tracking solutions, Insight 360 exceeded in performance across the board. Many other Councils are now planning to use the Insight system."

    I thought it was close to the stand out presentation of the conference, showing what a small council can acheive in this space, and I think anyone having a look at GPS tracking technology for Council plant would do well to find out more about the Towong system.

    Regards,

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    Wayne Eddy
    Strategic Asset Planning Coordinator
    City of Whittlesea
    BUNDOORA MDC VIC
    wayne.eddy@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
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  • 5.  RE:GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 11 September 2013 22:36
    Thanks David

    Robert, we don't have RFID chips in our bins but I have had experience with them.
    You need to do your homework on the technology available to ensure the information you want can be supplied.

    Use of RFID chips and GPS:
    Monitor early starts
    Late finishes
    Lift numbers
    Identifyadditional/ illegal bins

    As an example some of the technology available when using RFID chips -  Bins are registered to a property, if a bin is contaminated the driver can push a designated button and a system generated letter is then sent to the resident.

    As a suggestion - review and ensure your property data base is accurate. I have worked on bin roll outs and seen bins "delivered" to vacant land, ATM's, Phone Towers etc. This data is then often used to determine base numbers leaving a Council paying for non existent bins.

    Carole Stone
    Contract Administrator
    City of Charles Sturt
    WOODVILLE SA




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  • 6.  RE:GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 11 September 2013 22:38
    Hi, our kerbside collection contractor is Transpacific Industries, and they have a GPS tracking system for their trucks. It logs the truck speed, location of the truck (whether on-route or lifting, or stopped for some reason) and the time of day that the truck was at thet point, plus it records each bin lift automatically (location & time & lift), and the driver can also log 'bins not out' or 'rejections' with a simple push of a button.

    Our customer call centre staff have access into that. The information is live, and they keep 3 days worth of data available for us to look up. It's very useful to discuss when the trucks went down a street, if they have to return alog the other side, and if a bin was marked as not out or rejected at a specific location. One improvement would be to have a truck-mounted camera taking a video of the street ahead so we can see why a bin might have been 'missed', and RFID tags on the bins, however that would be another leap in the type of technology and comms equipment required.

    It is certainly a boon for us and the contractors.

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    Kitty Waghorn
    Waimakariri District Council
    Rangiora (NZ)

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  • 7.  RE:GPS tracking of garbage trucks

    Posted 12 September 2013 20:46
    Morning,

    I recall both Blue Mountains City Council and Snowy River Shire Council (both NSW) having technology the same as, or at least very similar to that being queried.

    If my memory serves me correctly, the BMCC system incorporated a camera that took a photo of the recycling (I don't think they have green-waste) so any disputes over contaminated bins could quickly be settled.

    It might pay to contact these councils directly.

    Cheers,
    Will

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    William Barton
    Deputy Engineer
    Junee Shire Council
    JUNEE NSW

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