The four Dublin Local Authorities, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, are working with six companies to explore low cost, innovative, tech solutions to tackle illegal dumping and fly tipping.

Despite numerous attempts and campaigns from local authorities; there remains a failure to reduce the number of illegal dumping incidents across the Dublin Region. Through the SBIR(Small Business Innovation Research) fund the four Dublin Local Authorities and in partnership with Enterprise Ireland are working with six companies to explore low cost, innovative, tech solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping and fly tipping.

“The cost of illegal dumping across the Dublin region is in excess of €1.5million euro each year.”

The six companies are:

Analytics Engines is designing a new software tool to help tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region, a problem which costs over €1.5million each year. Using our data platform, Analytics Engines XDP, we are going to provide the Dublin councils with real-time monitoring information from across the four council areas. Then using inbuilt advanced analytics capabilities, we are applying machine learning and predictive models to aid in tackling this problem, with the aim of highlighting areas that are at risk from illegal dumping. The final part of the solution is to use prescriptive analytics to measure the effectiveness of any action taken to determine its value in preventing this growing problem. Our goal is to enable the Councils to take proactive data driven decisions to enable targeted allocation of resources to help tackle this complex issue.

Certification Europe – Our project aims to determine if the establishment of a cloud based, networked CCTV Neighbourhood Watch Scheme can impact the level of illegal dumping in areas that participate in the scheme. The network will utilise both public and private CCTV cameras.

Evercam – “Excuse me, did you drop something?”Our automated device reduces opportunistic littering by playing an audio warning when it sees a bag dropped. Utilising advances in low power video analytics, the camera is battery powered for up to 30 days meaning it is low cost, easy to deploy and effective without the costly exercise of prosecution.

Skytango Ltd daily mapping flights identify and track new dumping sites while a network of sensors around problem areas launches tethered drones, providing Gardaí with live video links to aid prosecution. Top that with a media campaign letting the public know the days of illegal dumping are over!

SparroWatch is developing monitoring and image analysis software to reduce fly-tipping and illegal dumping. Using camera systems integrated with these intelligent algorithms, we will deliver a smart, low cost monitoring system to easily capture, report and prevent illegal activity.

For over 20 years TEC Security have provided turnkey monitoring solutions to Councils throughout Ireland, to combat the effects of illegal dumping. Our leading edge technologies have helped secured over 75,000.00 direct fines and prosecutions for illegal dumping activities on behalf of our client. We adapt and create new technologies to outsmart the dumper.

Source: Smart Dublin