Gemineye solution to illegal rubbish dumping

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 3:30:10 PM GMT+10:00

Gemineye solution to illegal rubbish dumping

Gemineye from SenSen is the world’s first AI-powered smartphone app which offers cities and authorities worldwide an affordable, highly accurate, cloud-based smart city platform in the palm of their hands.


Smart city analysis solutions can often be inaccessible as they require bulky and expensive equipment, such as vehicle-mounted cameras and CCTV systems, making these solutions out of reach for many governments and municipalities worldwide.


Gemineye powers the future of smart cities by giving you access to affordable civic compliance, asset management, traffic data collection and analysis tools, all through an AI-powered smartphone app – saving time and money in the process.


The Melbourne-based company has launched a smartphone app it claims can help local councils combat illegal rubbish dumping at a fraction of the cost.


The Gemineye Android app uses proprietary artificial intelligence software to analyse feeds from its solar-powered camera, which can be mounted in dumping hotspots. If it detects illegal activity, the app automatically notifies council staff, saving them from manually combing through hours of footage to find incidents of interest.


SenSen Networks, whose technology also powers one-third of NSW's speed cameras, claims its app is smart enough to tell the difference between someone legally and illegally disposing of rubbish.




Local governments spend millions of dollars to tackle illegal dumping, with Victoria alone outlaying up to $30 million on clean-up costs last year.


Illegal dumping hotspots include vacant bush land, near charity donation bins and on residential streets. The most common illegally dumped waste includes tyres, large household items such as furniture and mattresses, and construction waste such as asbestos.


The company says the app is currently being trialled by "one of the largest councils in Australia". At a test site set up outside a popular donation bin in the region, it captured 4856 visits over a three-month period. Of those, Gemineye identified 200 illegal dumping incidents.


SenSen Networks chief executive Subhash Challa said the wildlife photography cameras commonly used by councils were expensive and regularly needed batteries and SD cards to be changed manually as they were designed to record all motion at a site.


"Normally, a local council will only check the footage when residents file a complaint so they don't know when exactly the illegal waste dumping activity actually happened, leaving them to go through the entire footage," Dr Challa said.


According to Dr Challa, the solar panel enclosure that the app's camera resides in is designed to look like a regular junction box that mimics those found on residential streets, effectively concealing it in plain sight. Built-in GPS allows the camera to be tracked if it is removed by vandals.


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