AMCS, a Limerick, Ireland-based global supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste, recycling and resource industries, has started a collaborative research project with Confirm, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded research center for smart manufacturing that is hosted by the University of Limerick. The collaborative research will focus on the application of technologies to the challenges of waste and recycling companies worldwide that need to fully automate the recording and resolution of exceptions recorded on collection rounds, such as contamination of collected recyclable materials and other service items such as blocked service access or overloaded containers.
AMCS says the project will investigate the application of key-enabling technologies frequently used in smart manufacturing environments, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, camera vision and computer vision to automate these processes and minimize intervention by drivers and administration staff. According to AMCS, the initial project is a two-year investment and will involve a team of Confirm Ph.D. researchers and academics collaborating with AMCS employees.
“We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Confirm, a local, world class, research center,” says Jimmy Martin, CEO and co-founder of the AMCS Group. “This application of cutting-edge technologies has the potential to automate at scale the identification and management of collection exceptions. Innovation is at the center 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 as well as 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.”
Confirm is focused on developing cutting-edge enabling technologies, such as vision systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning and system integration, to enhance manufacturing in Ireland and globally.
“This project is an excellent example of how our researchers, with very disparate skills, can come together with industry to solve complex problems,” says Professor Conor McCarthy, director of Confirm. “This project is particularly exciting as it will have a significant positive environmental impact by promoting recycling and reuse of products, thus helping create smarter supply chains that will help us realize a circular economy.”