Burlington, New Jersey now has all the more reason to recycle thanks to the duo of RFID systems integrator, Aviant Systems, Inc., and RecycleBank.
Aviant has developed a program with RecycleBank that attempts to motivate people to recycle and rewards them for taking action with points that can be redeemed from participating local and national retail outlets.
The on-board solution consists of both a low and high frequency reader and antenna from Texas Instruments and Feig, respectively. The readers collect data at each pick-up location, recording date, time, and location. Information is automatically transmitted to data processing centers a T-Mobile cellular network.
The Burlington recycling trucks are equipped with an on-board wireless system that boots whenever the vehicle starts. If the system needs to be rebooted, the driver can simply turn the truck off and restart it. There is no keyboard, mouse or monitor on-board.
An automated arm that lifts and empties recycling containers is equipped with a sensor that detects movement, which activates the RFID reader to read the tag on the container and record the data to the on-board database.
While the solution is currently a non-weighing solution, developments are under way to integrate weight scales into the system, and are expected by the third quarter of 2010.