Article published in Jornal Agua & Ambiente
Monitoring equipment, a reliable communications network, and a management system constantly alert to incoming information and permitting a speedy response are the ingredients making up an effective remote monitoring system with advantages to the environment, which goes beyond mere monitoring and provides protection.
Remote management systems today have applications in several fields in the environment, whether they be in water supply and distribution, watering systems, soil extraction, urban waste collection or monitoring of protected areas. These systems are composed of monitoring equipment which collects data and sends it to a control centre, remotely manages information and controls all processes, providing efficient real time management.
In order to optimize waste management collection, the Ecogest and XTraN systems are available and can operate separately or in integrated fashion, and provide the control centre with information on exterior activities. Ecogest provides information on the status of recycling points, informing operations managers when bins are full — in conjunction, XTraN controls the vehicle fleet assigned to collection of the waste, via constant exchange of information.
Control over the extraction of sand, which was in the headlines following the collapse of a bridge at Entre-os-Rios, is now made easier with the Monicap remote monitoring system, which provides information on the location of boats, voyages executed and quantity of sand conveyed. The aim is to supply the monitoring authorities who are then able to penalize entities who do not obey extraction quotas.