Long queues of vehicles at Grohman Narrows Transfer Station could be a thing of the past.
A new project will see the Resource Recovery Facility on Insight Drive – five kilometers west of town – use new technology to track and process vehicles faster than before.
The wait time to drop off waste at the facility has increased in recent years – after moving several years ago from the city’s waterfront – with changes to recycling, COVID-19 and the increased cost of waste disposal.
Using new software – including license plate scanners for each facility across – and a dedicated cloud server, the resource recovery facility will be able to move people at a faster rate through growing facility queues.
Automated license plate readers (ALPR) capture computer-readable images of license plates. These high-tech devices are mainly used by law enforcement to compare plate numbers with those of stolen cars.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will enter into a license agreement with Strong Data Automation – for a three-year term with two possible one-year extensions, at a cost of $57,550 for 2022 and an ongoing cost of $44,700 – to provide new software for resource recovery facilities.
“With more accurate and comprehensive tracking capabilities, the new software will help staff make better informed decisions, but more importantly improve the overall user experience with faster and more efficient processing,” a statement noted. of the regional district on this matter.
Regional District staff will begin investigating other options for purchasing Strong Data Automation’s online customer portal, unattended transaction kiosks, and/or cashless prepaid cards for future consideration.
The Regional District will also include in the West Sub-Region budget a scale software replacement project, a waste composition study, a systems efficiency review and a cost recovery model.