24 hours, waste management in train stations has become a major challenge  one that B.A.R.Y.L., the trash can robot, is going to take up.
Encouraging good habits

AREP Designlab worked hand in hand with SNCF Gares & Connexions and the engineers of the French startup Immersive Robotics to design a next-generation waste bin robot. The project, which is currently on trial, was completed in six months and is now part of the communications campaign for clean stations.
When a traveller waves at the robot, it can weave its way through the crowd to collect waste, encouraging people to get the habit to throw rubbish in the trash can.

Designing connected devices to serve both users and station operators

The robot embeds LiDAR technology and cameras and uses beeps and flashing LEDs to interact with users. A probe analyzes its fill level and controls the return of the bin to its base for cleaning. The design allows the embedment of complex technology into the device, while its form arouses the interest of travellers. Station operators find the waste bin robot both unobtrusive and convenient.

With B.A.R.Y.L, AREP designlab launches a broad reflection on connected devices aimed at providing services to users and station operators.

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Waste bin robot wins JANUS Award

B.A.R.Y.L., the waste bin robot designed by SNCF Gares & Connexions and AREP Designlab and developed by Immersive Robotics, has been awarded the JANUS Label of Excellence by the French Institute of Design.

B.A.R.Y.L is an interactive mobile waste bin that both entertains travellers and arouses their curiosity: when a traveller waves at it, the robot wheels its way through the crowd to collect waste, thus ensuring a cleaner environment.
Created in 1953, the JANUS label honours innovative companies that put forward a sustainable approach in their endeavour to provide services to people, businesses and cities.

> Find out more about the Janus Award