Solar powered AI smart cameras tackle fly-tipping

October 28, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Solar powered AI smart cameras tackle fly-tipping
Sutton Council in London has teamed up with Vodafone to install self-powered AI cameras in order to catch and prevent people from fly-tipping.

A local council in London has turned to smart Internet cameras to tackle the increasing problem of illegal dumping of waste.

Fly-tipping, or leaving rubbish in random places,  is a problem that is on the rise in the UK, attracting rats and mice, as well as encouraging further fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

Following a recent consultation on street cleaning, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of respondents stated that they wanted the local council to take a tougher stance against those who are fly-tipping. Last year there was a monthly average of 319 fly-tips in Sutton reported to the local council in Sutton, part of London.

The cameras will be tested in different locations across the borough for 12 months and are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) project called InnOvaTe.  The solar powered cameras will alert the Council when fly-tipping is happening and even help identify the culprits.

All footage is transmitted to the secure cloud portal immediately, where it can be viewed by an enforcement officer, from their smartphone, tablet or PC. The solution benefits from artificial intelligence (AI) which allows the system to have visually mapped the areas covered and if additional material / waste is deposited registers this and takes before / during and after footage. The system is not recording the areas continuously but instead activating and recording only when fly-tipping is suspected. If it is happening, the relevant team will be notified.

“Councils need low cost, easy to deploy solutions like this if they’re going to crack problems like fly tipping. We are delighted to support Sutton council with our smart cameras and IoT network,” said Nick Gliddon, Business Director at Vodafone.

No personal data will be stored or used unless necessary for enforcement purposes. Data collected from the sensors is in compliance with all GDPR policies.

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