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April 29, 2021
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How to Take the Guesswork Out of Waste Container Monitoring?

Smart. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), this word is everywhere. It’s used to describe many of the key tools and equipment you rely on to run your business — from the lights programmed to brighten your workspace, to the smart sensors that help streamline your production. But as “smart” as your business may be, there’s always room for improvement — so long as you can see the big picture.

How can you measure what you can’t see?

Therein lies the biggest problem. Especially when it comes to container monitoring, not being able to analyze the flow of your container’s contents leaves many unknowns, which is risky for business. Even if you have monitors in your containers, they aren’t telling the whole story.

Take your disposal cycle, for example. Are your containers contracted to be serviced on a static, set schedule? Especially now, waste itself isn’t a constant. It responds and fluctuates with production seasonality as well as abrupt changes — such as those caused by COVID-19 or major weather patterns. This means that your waste bins might be overfilled or underfilled at any given time. They may be emptied prematurely — a suboptimal use of your hauling budget. Or, worse: If they’re overfilled but removal isn’t on the schedule for days or even a week, you’ve got potential overflow, hazardous spills, or even production downtime because there is nowhere to dispose of the generated waste.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. What you may not see are the numerous direct and indirect costs incurred when you are not efficiently monitoring your containers.

Making the move to smarter container monitoring solution

If your monitors can only tell whether a given container is empty or full, you’re missing crucial information that could drastically affect the safety of your site and employees — not to mention, your bottom line. Above and beyond simple container monitors, “intelligent” container monitoring and analytics can deliver crucial information in real time, diffusing problems before they begin, fostering a more sustainable model, and saving you money and efficiency in the process.

By design, data from intelligent container monitoring solutions can be centrally accessed, regardless of individual bin locations. Instead of relying on one-size-fits-all servicing for your waste containers — which potentially leaves some underfilled and endangers others with overfilling — an IoT container monitoring system provides a user-friendly analytics interface, offering both high-level and detailed insights that track usage and benchmarks. There is even 24/7 monitoring that can be triggered by issues within a given container — the majority of which are remotely resolved by customer support before you are aware, reducing or even eliminating the downtime previously spent catching up to latent issues.

The insight doesn’t end with the interface, either. Smart container monitoring is supported by a built-in customer success team dedicated to constantly monitoring all of your devices and serving as a personable knowledge base to turn your data into actionable insights that will help drive your business.

One less thing to think about

Investing in smart waste management equipment for your business is a no-brainer, and upgrading your container monitoring, like you have with the rest of your facility, means taking your business from simply “smart” to “intelligent.” With time-tested software doing the monitoring for you, you’ll have one less thing to worry about, giving you more time and energy to put into your business.

Ready to start managing your containers intelligently?

Contact Contelligent to learn about all the ways that we’ve been advising businesses on intelligent container monitoring and analytics for more than 30 years.