Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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58 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM applications, case studies & best practices s Products Smart connected phones, watches, thermostats and even refrigerators (to name just a few examples) no longer occupy the fringe of technology. In fact, our culture's shift toward "The Internet of Things," as it's known, is in full swing. So it should come as little surprise that forward- thinking companies are making advance- ments to everyone's benefi t— which is why there's a smart litter receptacle coming to a facility near you. Victor Stanley, a designer and manu- facturer of premium outdoor furnishings, has introduced a new generation of con- nected, intelligent waste receptacles called Relay. They're smart enough, in fact, to save an estimated 20-40 percent on litter and recycling collection expenses each year. Rutgers University has incorporated Victor Stanley smart receptacles into their newest sites, including areas adjacent to its medical buildings and pharmacy. Patrick Harrity, director of Rutgers Grounds & Fleet Operations, adopted the new waste management system in an eff ort to initiate "less time spent on trash bin dumping labor and less trash bag usage." Traditional static systems allow for receptacles to overfill before collection — an aesthetic and olfactory nuisance, for sure — while others that sit empty are collected anyway. Victor Stanley's ap- proach allocates collection resources only where and when needed. It turns out these smart receptacles save not only time, but also decrease fuel costs, carbon footprints and unsightly waste overflows. After 3-4 months of use, Rutgers noted that Relay also assisted in overcoming a problem of "driving in walkways with trucks." Street Level Sensing technology and the Relay web interface integrate to become an intelligent waste management system. Harrity reports being able to monitor the level of waste, instead of picking up every day. Using GPS in conjunction with other sensors, the new receptacles continuously monitor and transmit fill levels, while also conveying temperatures, weights, locations and more to cloud-based web portals. And they work with any solid waste or recyclable, too (general trash, mixed recyclables, paper, glass, metals, etc.). Monitoring of containers provides a holistic view of an area's trash and recycling status, and improves landfill diversion rates. Location tracking is especially useful during large events that require relocation of receptacles in order to manage an increase in waste production. Using GPS, Victor Stanley's receptacles can be tracked, located and then returned to original locations with greater ease and effi ciency than has been previously possible. What does this all mean from a practi- cal perspective? Put sim ply, it means that the hospitals and facilities charged with waste control can now employ networks of connected receptacles and software that enable collection planning and routings that are substantially more effi cient. To maintain aesthetics, sensors are hidden within their litter receptacles or recycling stations, which also prevents unwelcome tampering. Harrity is pleased with the seamless integration, noting that Relay "matches all our other receptacles." Aside from remaining out of sight through thoughtful design, Relay sensors are also made to last, remaining reliable and accurate even in harsh environmental conditions and high-use environments. Visit Rutgers University has incorporated Victor Stanley smart receptacles into their newest sites, including areas adjacent to its medical buildings and pharmacy. Litter receptacles help cut waste, expenses at Rutgers Smart Waste Management FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

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