The Scatol8® is a remote sensing network of environmental, landscape and management variables, created at the Department of Commodity Science of the University of Turin, entirely based on free and open technology (hardware and software) (Open Source), with a view of controlling costs, of openness and ease of access.
Scatol8® consists of a central unit and of peripheral (end) units, connected in a network. Numerous sensors, able to detect the monitored variables, are connected to peripheral units which transmit the data to a central unit, connected with a server. Sensors and peripheral units change in type and numbers depending on customers’requirements. Collected data are transmitted to a personal computer, and may be uploaded to the Internet.
Current applications are meteorological data, but this could be readily extended to include waste generation data. Networks of remote sensors coupled with public source data will help drive "peer to peer" waste management, where a niche operators optimise waste collection based on mining large quantities of data.