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Making Landfills Safer

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Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Data Visualization
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
  • Networks & Connectivity - RF Transceivers
  • Networks & Connectivity - RFID
  • Sensors - Gas Sensors
Applicable Industries
  • Cities & Municipalities
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Use Cases
  • Remote Asset Management
The Challenge

While we not often think about it, the breakdown of matter in landfills potential produces methane and hydrogen sulfide gases. These gases present a risk of explosion (as they are both flammable) and hydrogen sulfide serves as a health hazard—potentially causing death if breathed in massive doses. Given the volatility of these two by-products of landfills, many local governments seek out better ways to monitor the potential production of these gases in their landfills. Moreover, seeing the needs of these local governments, Plexus Controls, a Canadian-owned designer and manufacturer of wireless monitoring and control products, decided to create a product for monitoring methane and hydrogen sulfide gases for landfills.

The Customer
About The Customer
The Solution

Using Synapse SNAP®-based RF modules and IoT gateways, Plexus Controls created a suite of products to meet their customers’ needs. By connecting SNAP-based RF modules to gas detection sensors, Plexus Controls could quickly deploy a network of sensors across a landfill without dealing with the time and expenses of running wires to transmit sensor data. However, collecting the sensor data would not be a complete solution. Plexus Controls needed a centralized hub that could gather all the sensor data for display on an easily accessible user interface. Using the SNAP-based IoT gateway, their customer access all the sensor data by just using a web browser.

Data Collected
Gas Emissions, Operating Cost, Pollutants detection
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Reduced Time and increased efficiencies
  • [Cost Reduction - Overall]
    Cost effective
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Easy to use and maintain

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