Developing a smart waste solution for public spaces

In recent years, the increase in technology use has helped to transform cities into smart cities. Smart cities use communication technologies to improve operational efficiency and quality of life for citizens. The implementation of IoT sensors in urban areas helps address environmental and social concerns, as well as promote sustainable development practices. One of the applications of IoT for smart cities is the collection of data for optimising waste collection patterns and maintaining a city clean.

This was the reason for the initation of the VolleBak project. This project will be conducted by a consortium consisting of Robor Electronics and WesterikICT. Robor develops electronic applications and devices to apply for people, animals, and nature. They are specialised in drone technology and wireless communications solutions, such as sensors and detectors. WesterikICT is an ICT and digital service agency. They also develop digital applications for e.g. remote sensing and alarm systems.

In the VolleBak consortium, guided by the FIP-AM@UT, they will work on the development of an IoT device that uses sensor technology for public waste management and collection. The sensors help measure waste levels and use real-time data to improve the collection patterns and operational costs. By implementing a smart waste management system, the waste collection routes can be planned more efficiently and only the full bins will be emptied. This results in, amongst other things, reduction of CO2 emissions, man hours, and a healthier environment for society.

During this project the hardware, software, and online platform for a visualisation of the sensor data will be developed. The project will also focus on the manufacturing processes to suit the manufacturing volume demand, while keeping in mind sustainability and re-use of materials.

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Every FIP-AM@UT project is divided into separate work packages, to clearly distinguish the several stages and purposes within the project. The VolleBak project consists of five work packages.


WP1 – System specifications

Define technical, environmental and operational requirements, match with state-of-the-art existing solutions

WP2 – Technology development

Defining, developing, and preliminary testing of hardware and software in a functional environment

WP3 – Industrial design

Definition of material properties and housing design with proposed manufacturing scenarios


WP4 – Tests, evaluation, and validation

Test and report findings, define conclusions and recommendations for the next stage


WP5 - Final prototyping, manufacturing process and demo

Develop a final prototype, define product certifications, and create a 0 series demonstrator

For more information on VolleBak, feel free to reach out to

Ale Sarmiento Casas

Research Engineer