Ciudad Limpia Valdivia: A Mobile and Web based Smart Solution based on FOSS technology to support Municipal and household waste collection
2021-09-30, 14:30–15:00, Academic

Currently, waste disposal management is still a challenge for any city. Usually, local governments such as municipalities are tasked to oversee waste management in their cities. When disrupted or in operational conditions which are not optimal, this fundamental city process produces great discomfort for the citizens. It can even become a health issue and it has a negative impact on the city’s aesthetics. The latter is of particular relevance in cities with a highly developed tourism industry.

Ciudad Limpia Valdivia is a Web and Mobile application which attempts to tackle some of the aforementioned issues for the Municipality of Valdivia in Chile. It is based on Free and Open Source Software and it is currently in the last stage of prototyping. Its development has incorporated geospatial analyses as well as some tools from computational intelligence and machine learning. In particular, approximately one year of the municipality's waste collection routes captured by Satellite Navigation Systems have been used to study the system’s behaviour for a target neighborhood. Also, surveys were conducted in that neighborhood to evaluate the interest in the application and to assess its potential impact. The waste collection routes dataset will now be used to train a system capable of estimating the arrival of the corresponding waste collection truck to a particular point selected by the user, using machine learning techniques. The “real-time” position of the trucks is shown in the application, thus giving feedback to the user of the current status of the service. Another important feature of the application is the illegal dumping reporting that will be received by the municipality. Ciudad Limpia Valdivia's goal is to be a bridge of communication between the citizens and the municipality.

This paper will present the general concept design of the whole application, the survey’s results, the current development status and preliminary analyses of the routes dataset. It will also discuss the next stages in the project as well as future work after the prototyping phase is finished. Additionally, the discussion will address the importance of Free and Open Source Software in this kind of application with a social impact in the community.

Authors and Affiliations

Dr. Daniel Vicente Lühr Sierra (1)
Marygrace Balinos, M.Sc. (2)
José Gatica (3)
Camila Lagomarsino (4)
(1) Institute of Electricity and Electronics, Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingeniería, Universidad Austral de Chile
(2) Independent researcher
(3) Independent developer
(4) Institute of Earth Sciences, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Austral de Chile




FOSS4G implementations in strategic application domains: land management, crisis/disaster response, smart cities, population mapping, climate change, ocean and marine monitoring, etc.


2 - Basic. General basic knowledge is required.

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Dr. Daniel Vicente Lühr Sierra is an Electrical Engineer and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He specializes in robotics and he teaches Robotic intelligence course at the Universidad Austral de Chile. He is also a Senior Member of the Computational Intelligence Society of IEEE.