GPS to track garbage trucks

The Corporation will also install Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) tags for its 4,500-odd dumper bins in city on rental basis.

By   |   Published: 9th Jan 2017   11:40 pm Updated: 9th Jan 2017   11:42 pm
Garbage Trucks
GPS / GPRS based vehicle tracking system for garbage trucks and RFID tags for dumper bins. Photos:Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning to leverage Global Position System (GPS) based system to track nearly 750 trucks, which are involved in garbage collection and disposal in the city.

The Corporation will also install Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) tags for its 4,500-odd dumper bins in city on rental basis.

The municipal corporation has also decided to invite private companies for effective solid waste management services with latest software, besides supply of necessary equipment to take up GPS project.

Authorities acknowledge that the existing manual garbage collection and disposal practices have many loopholes and workers tend to take undue advantage of the system. GHMC utilises trucks, auto trolleys and workers for collection and disposal of waste generated in all the 30 circles in its limits.

However, there is no proper mechanism to check whether a vehicle visited a route or a point for lifting garbage. Officials face lot of problems in tracking the vehicles movement to check their compliance to fixed time and schedules.

Likewise, it is a challenge for officials to monitor the lifting of waste from a particular dumper bin. Officials are clueless whether the collected waste is dumped at the dump yard.

To fix all these issues, the municipal corporation is now seeking the assistance of private companies in providing necessary software, supply of GPS devices, RFID tags, RFID readers, develop a portal etc, said a senior official from GHMC.

Apart from the technical service and equipment, the companies will have to supply manpower to monitor the system and generate reports based on the officials’ requirement. Since the municipal corporation cannot bear the cost of installing such system and maintaining both technically and financially, assistance is being sought from companies on rent basis, he informed. “Whichever company quotes the least rent amount, will be awarded the project,” said the official.