DAA Group, the airport management authority for Dublin and Cork airports in Ireland, has introduced Ecube Labs’ waste collection optimization solution at Dublin Airport. Installed in cooperation with ESE World, Europe’s leading manufacturer of temporary storage systems for waste and recyclables, the technology has enabled the airport to achieve significant cost savings from increased waste collection efficiency already within three months of installation.
Before installing the solution which consists of wireless ultrasonic fill-level sensors and a cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform, Dublin Airport had to collect each waste container up to four times a day, costing a substantial amount of time and money. To solve the problem, the airport purchased 300 Clean CAP fill-level sensors to monitor the generation of waste and recyclables in all passenger bins across Dublin Airport’s two terminals. By utilizing the software platform’s intelligent algorithms, the facility managers are able to optimize the waste collection schedules based on the combination of real-time data and fill-level forecasting.
After deploying the solution, we have been able to go from collecting 840 containers 4 times a day to collecting just 80 containers a day. This has increased our operational efficiency upwards of 90% and resulted in significant cost savings. The solution has also provided us with data which has allowed us to recognise peak times in areas and from that adjust the allocation of staffing in those areas as well as increase waste container capacity where needed.
-Hannah Forbes, Contract Services Specialist, Dublin Airport
Besides increasing operational waste collection efficiency, the solution has enabled the facilities team to reallocate their time into maintaining the public washrooms and passenger areas across the airport. The sensors have also allowed the facility managers to analyze the type of waste produced in each area, making it possible to keep a close eye on recycling rates. Thanks to the positive results, the airport authorities are now considering extending the installation to all staff areas.
With the outstanding results at Dublin Airport, DAA Group has demonstrated that Ecube Labs’ IoT technology and analytics can help facility management operations to reach new heights of efficiency. Ecube Labs’ trifecta of sensor technology, predictive algorithms, and optimization models not only effectively reduce the operational costs of waste collection, it enables data-driven allocations of valuable resources such as staff. We are delighted to be at the heart of the smart city revolution in Dublin.
-Roger Kim, COO, Ecube Labs
About Ecube Labs
Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. is a leading provider of smart waste management solutions that optimize logistics and collection operations. The company’s product line includes solar-powered waste compacting bins (Clean CUBE), wireless fill-level sensors (Clean CAP), and a SaaS solution that optimizes waste collection routes based on real-time data and fill-level forecasting (Clean City Networks). Ecube Labs helps cities and waste collection organizations reduce operational costs by up to 80% and improve public cleanliness by eliminating overflowing bins. The company is headquartered in Seoul, Korea, and has a sales office in the US.
About ESE World
ESE World is Europe’s leading manufacturer of temporary storage systems for waste and recyclables. Their products include plastic two and four-wheeled containers for refuse and recyclate, underground and semi-underground waste systems, hazardous and clinical waste containers, and public furnishing equipment including litter bins and housings. ESE World provides customers with the most efficient systems by combining over 80 years of experience with latest technical know-how.
About DAA Group
DAA Group operates Dublin and Cork airports in Ireland and has significant overseas businesses through its subsidiaries. Dublin and Cork airports are the two largest airports in the Republic of Ireland, welcoming a combined 27.1 million passengers in 2015. The Group’s core purpose is to connect Ireland with the world and its vision is to be an airport industry leader that will grow its business by delivering great service and value for airlines, passengers, and business partners.