Customer story

Prometheus and TomTom

A smarter way to manage waste.

Prometheus and TomTom

When a city can’t manage its waste efficiently, it quickly becomes unlivable. That’s why Prometheus and TomTom are working together to make this process as seamless as possible for the fleets that keep our cities clean and in working order.

In the Netherlands, segregated waste is collected either from the curb side or from underground containers by the road. But what if collectors weren’t able to tell if these containers were filled to the brim, or if they lost track of where some containers were?

Prometheus helps fleets avoid these situations by offering fleet management solutions tailored to the waste management industry.

How it works

Collecting trash from garbage containers isn’t as simple as it sounds. Drivers need to route their trucks to containers around the city, lift them up from the ground, identify the type of trash in each full container and store it accordingly.

This process becomes easier and simpler when informed by accurate and precise data. Enter Prometheus’ waste management solutions, which seamlessly connect back-office operations to mobile software in trucks.

Refreshing the partnership

Prometheus originally started using TomTom BRIDGE to power its waste management solutions. Integrating TomTom navigation in its product not only made it easier for its customers to optimize their fleets, but also appealed to drivers as it provided them with an interface they knew and preferred.

When TomTom BRIDGE was discontinued in 2018, however, Prometheus had to switch to a different solution provider. The recent release of TomTom’s Navigation SDK gave the company the welcome opportunity to become the first partner to adopt this technology.

During the testing phase itself, Prometheus was given access to the Navigation SDK and relevant APIs, along with direct support from the team. This meant the solution was developed quickly, with the first solution rolled out to their first customer in as little as 10 weeks.

Prometheus and TomTom

Navigating towards cleaner cities

With the TomTom Navigation SDK integrated into Prometheus’ waste management platform, fleets enjoy a real-time connection between back-office operations and the mobile software in their trucks (Android tablets in this case).

But it’s not just fleet managers who benefit from this partnership — drivers who are TomTom loyalists and favor its user-centric interface and live traffic prefer this solution over any other. Among other things, features like weighing systems, lifts and radio frequency identification (RFID) container recognition help drivers identify and track containers faster, saving valuable time.

The Navigation SDK also allows fleets to program fixed routes as part of their navigation, for example routes based on garbage pick-up points rather than traffic conditions.

With TomTom and Prometheus’ joint solution, every step of the process is made easier, helping fleets manage time, money and of course, waste.

We’ve been using TomTom solutions in our products since TomTom BRIDGE was around. Now, we’re glad to continue this partnership with the Navigation SDK. With direct support from the team, we were able to add the functionality we needed and roll out our integrated solution in a matter of weeks.

Peter van Renterghem
General and Technical Director, Prometheus Informatics 

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