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Mangaluru: Barcode for homes to make door-to-door waste collection efficient

The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) will soon introduce a new barcode system for efficient implementation of solid waste management (SWM) in all the 60 wards of Mangaluru city.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2020, 04.59 PM IST
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(This story originally appeared in on Jan 29, 2020)
MANGALURU: The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) will soon introduce a new barcode system for efficient implementation of solid waste management (SWM) in all the 60 wards of Mangaluru city.


The MSCL has already introduced the system on a pilot basis in Mannagudda ward, where all the 2,000 houses will be given barcodes. All door-to-door waste collection vehicles will have to scan the barcode at the gates of houses, so that the city corporation can track its movement on a real-time basis. The system will be introduced in all the 60 wards soon.

At a meet the press programme organised by Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists Association, MSCL managing director Mohammed Nazeer said the process of issuing barcodes for homes has already begun. “We have already given barcodes to nearly 600 houses. The barcode scanning system for door-to-door collection has already begun on a pilot basis in one ward. We have plans to introduce the system in all the 60 wards of the city corporation,” he said.

At present, 132 vehicles used for solid waste management are being tracked through GPS. A command and control centre (CCC) is being set up at a cost of Rs 74 crore to make public administration and services more efficient. In addition to traffic management, air quality monitoring, transport management and disaster management, the centre will also monitor the movement of all vehicles used for SWM. The MSCL has plans to make all buses enabled with GPS and link the data with the CCC. The centre will also have features to monitor all public utility vehicles like ambulances and other vehicles, he said.

The MSCL has plans to erect 15 smart poles at major junctions in the city. Smart poles will have solar panels, street lights, traffic signals, public address system for administration, LED display for major announcements, cameras, wi-fi access points and a weather sensor system in it. Citizens may also use the smart poles to communicate with the authorities through an SOS button attached to it, he said.

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