Smart Containers

Existing waste containers are equipped with a small sensor that measures their fill levels as well as a variety of other data points. The small footprint and sophisticated technology of our sensors allows them to be placed in any type of container, regardless of their shape, size or their contents. Thanks to our proprietary technology, Nordsense is first company able to measure the fill levels in waste bins lined with plastic bags.

Features

High accuracy 3D topology

Our optical sensor is equipped with a 256-pixel resolution that enables it to produce 3D depth maps of a bin's content. This dramatically increases the accuracy of the sensor as it provides multiple reference points, rendering false positives a thing of the past.

Service Verification

The sensors are able to detect movement and orientation within the container. This allows you to detect when the containers are being emptied, which provides you the transparency to see whether the services you are paying for are being performed.

Benefits

Size and Content Agnostic

Being able to read targets up to 5 meters away and not being affected by the contents or shape of the container, whether solid or liquid makes the Nordsense POD a great choice for all use cases.

Small Footprint

The length and width of our smallest POD are similar to that of a credit card, with a depth of only 3cm. This, coupled with their black color, allows the sensors to be very discreet when installed. Despite the small size, battery life is over seven years.

No blind spot

Unlike ultrasonic sensors, which are unable to measure any object in the first 25-30cm, our product has no technological constraints, making it perfect fit for even the smallest of bins.

Technical
Specifications

Material

ABS/PC

Weight

265gr

205gr

Dimensions

60mm x 103mm x 54mm

61mm x 101mm x 34mm

Temperature Range

-30°C to 80°C

Connectivity

Global 2G/3G/CAT-M1/NB-IOT

GPS

Optional

Industrial Grade Distance Meter

3d ToF laser (Time-of-Flight)
Range: 0 to 4 meters
Resolution: up to 1mm with multiple points
Accuracy: up to +/- 1%

Temperature sensor

-40°C + 80°C

Water Resistance

IP 67

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of container can the sensors be installed in?
Thanks to our choice of technology and its small footprint, a sensor can be installed in any type of container regardless of shape, size or content. For containers with an open top (i.e. no lid), we will provide suggestions and designs for a bracket.
How long does the sensor battery last?
Using the factory default settings on the sensor, the battery lasts 10+ years for the TALL model and 7+ years for the FLAT model. Battery life, however, is dependent on how frequently the sensor measures the contents and how often it connects to the network.
How do you install the sensor and is it easy to install?
The sensors are very easy to install. They have two holes on the sides that are used to mount the sensor to the container. We provide a drilling template as a guide to secure the sensor to the container by using either nuts and bolts or rivets. It typically takes no more than one minute to install a sensor. A user-friendly mobile application, will guide you through the installation of the sensor.
Does the sensor work in my country?
Our sensors use the cellular network to communicate with our platform. We have a worldwide roaming agreement with one of the largest telecom operators in the world, which excludes only a few countries that do not allow permanent roaming, such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Special agreements to use our sensors in those countries, however, can be made upon request.

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