Country of Montbeliard. The Agglo (already) puts artificial intelligence in… the trash can

“Digital without use behind it is not very useful. Stéphane Thockler, director of computer systems at PMA, recalls this axiom. It is therefore with the fierce desire to be efficient and relevant that the competent services of the Agglo have cogitated to develop a strategy on the subject. After the optical fiber deployment phase, in 2022, the time has therefore come for concrete applications.

Demouge puts his foot in the dish and sends a missile to Orange

At this stage, Charles Demouge puts a damper – and the feet in the dish – by firing a surface-to-air missile at the address of Orange and the firms responsible for operating the whole, at the local level. “In Vieux-Charmont, as in Fesches-le-Châtel for example, there are half streets where fiber is installed and on the other side, nothing. It’s a shame ! Even by striking at the national level, there is no response. The contractors are not doing their job. So much for the charge. Stéphane Thockler qualifies by recalling that the coverage rate for the 72 municipalities of the Agglo is around 93% but he confirms that black spots remain.

Connected bins

The “Smart and sustainable territory” program , labeled and partly financed by the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region (Editor’s note: €750,000 out of a total slightly below one million euros), will be divided into six sections. The first phase – the most successful to date – focuses on the management of waste removal via connected bins. At first, this does not concern the individual bins of M and Mme Toulemonde but more glass, paper and other containers as well as receptacles located in public spaces. For example, we remember the particularly negative image for the city of Montbéliard with those trash cans literally puking with rubbish near the moving island in the middle of summer.

Sensors to increase the efficiency of collection rounds

It is precisely to combat this type of phenomenon that intelligent sensors will be placed in containers and bins. They will thus provide information on the filling rate, thus avoiding unnecessary collection rounds or inducing more frequent ones to evacuate the bins reaching saturation. A way of sticking to reality and needs. A way to “optimize and rationalize”, reformulates Stéphane Thockler.

The strategy goes further

Dominique Voidey, computer engineer at the Agglo, then evokes the 1,400 connected sensors which will thus go to nest in the heart of the waste. To date, 500 of these boxes (unit value: €200) have already been installed. Sensors which, to remain within the environmental logic aimed at, are not gluttonous in terms of energy consumption. “They have a battery with a lifespan of five to six years and use a low-speed network to communicate effectively at lower cost,” insists the director of computer systems at the Agglo.

The strategy goes beyond collection alone. Thanks to the information returned by the sensors, thanks to algorithms and fine analyses, forecasts can be established to anticipate and calculate the most eco-responsible routes possible.

Digital transformed into concrete reality to make PMA a real connected territory. That’s the idea. It remains to wait to judge its real effectiveness.

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Country of Montbeliard. The Agglo (already) puts artificial intelligence in… the trash can


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