New mobile application for street workers launched by Lewisham Council
London, 17th May 2004 - With local authorities under increasing pressure to improve their treatment of household waste, the launch of DataStreet - a new mobile service for refuse and recycling workers – will be warmly welcomed. Waste is growing at a faster rate than the UK economy and could double by 2020 unless action is taken now to reduce it and recycle or recover more from it.
DataStreet has been developed with front-line workers to meet their needs and deliver critical service information for both managers and residents. Working in collaboration with IT specialist Computer Literacy, DataStreet is being launched by the London Borough of Lewisham and will be on show at the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management Annual Conference & Exhibition, 15 - 18 June 2004, Paignton.
In essence, DataStreet provides a unique collection of easy to learn applications for managing street services. These range from waste services (trade and domestic), street cleaning, managing graffiti and the removal of abandoned cars, all managed from a Pocket PC or Smartphone.
Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, welcomed the new service: “DataStreet should save the council time and money, and enable us to offer residents a better and more personal service. Also, DataStreet promises career development options, to help overcome industry-wide difficulties recruiting HGV drivers, by offering them the chance to employ smart-working, and to up-skill as waste managers.”
“The modern driver of a waste collection vehicle is responsible for a truck worth in excess of £100,000,” comments Nigel Tyrell, Head of Environment at the London Borough of Lewisham. “We believe that by taking the time to invest in skills and equipment that most back-office staff take for granted, we can help to create the culture needed for a 21st Century waste management workforce.”
DataStreet helps to eliminate wasteful paper records and captures data at the source. Details of missed or problem collections – such as builders' rubble in the bin etc - can now be recorded on site and displayed from the internet for use by Call Centre operators and residents.
“In Lewisham we’ve seen how DataStreet can empower refuse drivers by helping them, for example, to check if management is following up on their requests,” adds Michael Bryan, manager of the refuse workforce at the London Borough of Lewisham. “Not only can they help the council to improve services by providing real time information for residents to access online, they can also be incentivised to encourage further recycling within their rounds.”
DataStreet is a result of collaboration between the London Borough of Lewisham and IT specialist Computer Literacy. The application is based on Microsoft’s latest programming framework .Net, and can be operated from a number of wireless/GPRS Pocket PC or SmartPhone devices. Each DataStreet application has been designed to work in front-line situations, with practically-designed, large buttons and a clear user interface removing the need to use a stylus.
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For further information about the London Borough of Lewisham please visit http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/
Notes for Editors: sourced from The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management – www.ciwm.co.uk
In England and Wales we throw 29 million tonnes of "household" waste away every year. Most of this waste (75%) goes straight to landfill. Our recycling performance is improving but lags behind most of Europe. In 2003 we recycled about 13% and composted 3% of our household waste and treated about 9% by controlled burning and energy recovery.
In total we waste a staggering 400 million tonnes each year, including construction, industrial and mining wastes. Our household waste is growing the fastest, though, fuelled by a nationally affluent lifestyle. This waste is growing at a faster rate than our economy and could double by 2020 unless we act now to reduce it and recycle or recover more from it.
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