AMCS, the leading global supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste, recycling and resource industries, has today announced a research collaboration with Confirm to drive sustainability by increasing the quality of recyclable materials.
The improvement of the quality of recyclables is a key foundation of the Circular Economy and one of the research objectives is to automate (at scale) the identification, tracking and resolution of contaminated material close to the point of collection.
This collaboration will focus on the application of state-of-the-art technologies to fully automate the recording and resolution of exceptions recorded on collection such as contamination, blocked service access, overweight containers etc. It will investigate the application of key-enabling technologies frequently used in smart manufacturing environments such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Camera and Computer Vision to minimise or eliminate minimise intervention by drivers and administration staff.
Jimmy Martin, CEO and co-founder of the AMCS Group, said: “We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Confirm, a local, world class, research centre. This application of cutting-edge technologies has the potential to automate at scale the identification and management of collection exceptions.
“Innovation is at the centre of everything we do, and we believe that this collaboration can deliver significant value for our customers in the areas of improving resource management, sustainability and margin protection. This project is a core part of our Smart City strategy where we are focused on delivering future proof solutions for tomorrow’s connected waste infrastructure.”
Professor Conor McCarthy, Director of the CONFIRM Centre, noted: “CONFIRM is thrilled to be collaborating with AMCS on this innovative project which highlights the diverse nature of our research portfolio. Confirm’s key focus is on the development of cutting-edge, key enabling technologies such as vision systems, AI, machine learning and system integration to enhance manufacturing both in Ireland and globally.
“This project is an excellent example of how our researchers, with very contrasting skills, can work together with industry to solve complex problems. We are all particularly excited as we believe it will have a significant environmental impact by promoting recycling and reuse of products – helping create smarter supply chains that will help us realise a circular economy.”
The initial project is a two-year investment and will involve a team of Confirm PhD researchers and academics collaborating with their AMCS counterparts. Confirm is the Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre for smart manufacturing hosted by the University of Limerick, Ireland.