FM10A Vehicle Mounted Computer for Urban Waste Collection
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Published 12 November, 2019

Winmate Success Story: FM10A VMC for Urban Waste Collection

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Waste management services can be seen in nearly every residential and commercial areas. However, the conventional operating processes often lead to inefficient management performance on account of the outdated manual collection methods and logistics processes which lack efficient data-driven solutions. The rapid urbanization across regions and the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) have contributed to the emergence of smart waste collection. Such management solutions are made possible by the application of technologies like IoT sensors, RFID, GPS and cloud-based software for intelligent monitoring, route optimization and data analytics.

A smart waste management company in UAE catering to millions of residents through municipal services deploys the IoT methods mentioned above, yet they were looking for a rugged Android in-vehicle solution to help integrate the data collected through the sensors and RFID readers and communicate with the command center to take their truck tracking system to the next level.


Needed a rugged vehicle mounted computer to be securely mounted inside a vehicle. The VMC should be waterproof, dust proof and resistant to shock and vibration considering the dusty working environments. Meanwhile, it had to be able to function well within a wide temperature range owning to the high daytime temperatures in UAE.

They wanted the device to contain rich I/O interfaces, including a COM port to connect with the RFID reader and bin weighing machine, and a CAN Bus connector to help collect vehicle relevant data such as checking if it is idling or speeding. Capabilities for wireless connection from GPS to 4G were also requested, for real-time tracking of truck fleet on their routes helped maintain high productivity while improving operational costs.


FM10A Vehicle Mounted Computer
FM10A Vehicle Mounted Computer
Winmate provided 10.4” FM10A vehicle mounted computer with Freescale Cortex A9 i.MX6 Dual Core processor for high computing performance. The one-click top latch makes removing the device from the dock an easy task. A user-friendly touch experience is guaranteed thanks to the P-Cap multi-touch screen.
The FM10A VMC boasts incredibly rich I/O ports for onboard peripherals application, including COM, CAN Bus, LAN. Speaking of wireless connectivity, the VMC supports BT, GPS and 4G. The enclosure is IP65 rated and MIL-STD-810G certified to survive the dusty waste collection environments. Last but not the least, we assisted the customer in developing a custom version of Android OS.
FM10A Vehicle Mounted Computer
Plenty of I/O


The waste management company purchased 400 units to serve as the in-vehicle data collection and communication terminal. The FM10A’s high performing wireless Internet connection capability improves productivity by leveraging the data collected from the vehicles and transmitting it back in real-time to the cloud-based Smart Tracking System and command center. The organization is now able to plan the fleet trucks based on the volume of the waste in bins, consequently reducing the unnecessary vehicle diesel consumption and eventually, contributing to reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainability. In addition, the company can come up with actionable strategies and make informed decision. Two years of deployment saw a 30% decrease in the waste collection cost.
FM10A VMC installed firmly on the truck
Vehicle Mounted Computer
FM10A Vehicle Mounted Computer
Product Features:
  • Freescale Cortex A9 i.MX6 Dual-core processor
  • 10.4” P-Cap multi-touch screen
  • Field replaceable front panel to reduce service costs
  • Magnesium alloy housing
  • IP65-rated protection against water and dust
  • MIL-STD-810G shock and vibration resistance
  • Wide range operating temperature
  • Supports Wi-Fi, BT, GPS
  • Plenty of I/O
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About Winmate

Winmate Inc. is a rugged computing and embedded solutions provider for industries operating in some of the most challenging environments. Founded in 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan where its headquarters, research and development facility, and production lines are located, today the company has offices and service centers worldwide. Winmate develops rugged industrial-grade computing solutions that advance the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT). Industrial display and panel PC, HMI, embedded systems, IoT gateways to rugged tablets and handheld devices for industries ranging from transportation and logistics to marine and military, railway, oil and gas, smart grid, healthcare, and field services. Winmate also provides professional services in customizing products and project management create a unique solution for specific customer’s needs.

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