BigBelly Solar debuted its intelligent waste and recycling collection system, the Smart Grid for Waste & Recycling. Among other key characteristics, the new system boasts the ability to access a management console from any web browser, which gives users a look into public waste and recycling collection operations. The visualization tools and reporting capabilities are expected to give insights to better improve operations management, activity tracking and auditing results.
BigBelly Solar’s new platform additionally includes a network command center, which can supply software functionality to the waste and recycling stations, remote diagnostics, over-the-air software upgrades and proactive maintenance alerts. The company’s new platform also features a 4th generation BigBelly solar compactor, which features bidirectional communication and enhanced software integration.
“BigBelly Solar has evolved from the creation of the patented solar compactor into an enterprise system provider for optimally managing public space waste & recycling collection operations. Every BigBelly and SmartBelly component senses activity and provides information to our customers in real-time,” said Barry Fougere, CEO of BigBelly Solar. “Combined with powerful historical analysis and reporting, these insights provide transparency and control to customers who previously had to assign peak resources at all times given the absence of data to support more targeted resourcing decisions. That visibility across the entire operation is also attractive at the executive level, which is under increasing pressure to justify investments and provide measurable and verifiable results to their stakeholders.”
The BigBelly compacting recycler is being introduced to manage single-stream recycling in high-volume locations and will have a SmartBelly component that will sense, but not compact, so that various waste, recycling and organic options for a “zero waste” initiatives can be met.