A new system is set to enable the real-time and automatic tracking of clinical waste. The project group led by the Università della Svizzera italiana, the university of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, has now started work aimed at improving safety in waste disposal and automating management.

An innovative system is set to facilitate automatic tracking of clinical waste. A project group led by USI is working on this.
A system for automatic tracking of clinical waste in real-time is being developed with IoT (Image credit: USI). 


An innovative system is set to facilitate the automatic tracking of clinical waste in real-time in Ticino. To develop the system, the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) worked with the cantonal hospital administration Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), according to a statement. Also involved was Valbenne SA, a Swiss company specialized in the management of hospital waste. The project, which is scheduled to last two years, is being funded by the Swiss innovation agency Innosuisse.

Real-time monitoring offers further guarantees to drastically reduce the possibility of mismanagement, explained Dr. Alberto Ferrante, head of the project at the USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute (AlaRI). Such a system, which Ferrante says falls within the realm of the Internet of Things, is particularly interesting in the case of waste generated as a result of infectious diseases. 

According to project co-head Dr. Marco D'Ambros from CodeLounge at the USI Software Institute (SI), the system being developed will also automate management processes. He said: “Data collection will produce statistics and forecasts to optimise the process, introducing potential savings for hospitals and waste disposal companies.”

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