ESA title


  • ACTIVITYFeasibility Study
  • STATUSOngoing
  • THEMATIC AREAInfrastructure & Smart Cities, Transport & Logistics, Energy, Environment, Wildlife and Natural Resources

Objectives of the service

The optimised routing for waste collection which will contribute to collectors’ ability to manage the waste streams more efficiently and hence more sustainability. 

Key problems of the users

  • Lack of good and actual street maps
  • Lot of correction time of maps
  • Accurate information for planning 
  • Dynamic information to be flexible 

Solutions (which and how)

  • Using satellite imagery for actual data and make it vector for maps and routing
  • Scalability to other organisation or activities comparing collection and maintenance of public area.
  • Monitoring satellite data to set up prediction

Users and their needs

Waste collection companies are responsible for the collection of the household waste. Their shareholders are in this project a collaboration of municipalities (with their own governance and goals). In HelloBin these are the target users of the services (the dynamic routing, geo mapping and the geodatabase). Waste collection companies are already using Jewels routing software, the HelloBin service is an added value for their current service. The identified users’ needs from the project are:

  • Efficiency
  • CO2 reduction
  • Accurate and actual data (combining dynamic data with static information)
  • Communication and involvement citizens
  • Monitoring and prediction biomass
  • Capacity planning 

And the operational challenges are:

  • From data to usable information, vector it to maps
    • Thermal mapping
    • Biomass index
  • Link the static and dynamic data as fit for purpose
    • Geodatabase

Netherlands, Germany

Service/ system concept

Space Added Value

Current Status

The project HelloBin realized the involved users that geo-data and specific satellite data can be of added value for their daily processes.

Actual and accurate information are essential:

  • to make the right decisions
  • to optimize and make workloads more planable
  • to have an efficient process. 

The study confirmed that satellite EO data can be used to monitor the service area. The Thermal mapping needs a further and deeper technical study. Biomass estimation by earth observation is promising to plan efficiently litter collection. Satellite navigation systems are an added value for citizens to get more involved and to inform the municipalities.

Prime Contractor(s)


Status Date

Updated: 11 July 2018