Selective Access

Selective access

unnamedThe Barrow Container System is a selective access system for underground, semi-underground and aboveground waste containers.
These containers are commonly shared by multiple users.
BCS is a modular system, applicable and adaptable to different containers. Its built with the following components:

  • – Barrow Card Reader Unit. Each card is connected to the unique address of its user.
  • – Barrow Solar Unit, or Battery powered; depending on the usage requirements.
  • – Barrow Lock; a low power lock for the inlet.
  • – Barrow cables
  • – WSS Software

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This modular assembly is very practical, easy to service worldwide, and applicable to many container types.

There are several options available for the Barrow Container System:

  • – Wireless data-transmission to RSOffice software.
  • – Only accessible by a specific group of addresses.
  • – Prepaid card

The energy source of the Barrow can be either a battery or a solar cell which is sustainable and environmentally conscious. 
By continuously recharging the battery with the solar cell, the lifetime of the battery is increased up to 5 years.
 Developments in power management and new battery types will extend the use of the battery even more in the near future. The secret of a good container access system is its low power usage.
 So the design of the electronics and software is aimed at energy reduction.

Access control
A user can activate the Barrow Access System by holding an RFID Eco-card in front of the Barrow Reader. After reviewing the information on the card, the inlet is unlocked.
Each time a card is identified, the maximum dimensions of the waste that the user can dispose of is determined by the inlet size.
This means that for two bags of waste the card typically has to be presented twice. The inlet size can be between 10 and 80 liter.

Blacklist and whitelist
The selective access Barrow Container system can work with a blacklist and/or whitelist.

  • – Cards on a blacklist have no access to a particular container system.
  • – Cards on a whitelist do have access to a particular container system.


The reason for a blacklist and/or whitelist is to avoid unauthorized use.
A container can only be used by the people that get access to the container. This avoids the dumping of paint, chemicals and industrial waste by unregistered strangers.
Depending on the type of Barrow used, up to 100.000 unique cards can be registered for use with the Barrow.

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Eco Cards and key rings are available in many varieties . Most common are the MIFARE RFID cards offered as a credit card or key ring.
The print on the cards can be customized. The cards can be personalized for visual identification and provided with a unique number or printed barcode. Each card is linked to a household with a unique address.

Container Management
Each Barrow Container System is remotely managed by our web application RSOffice (integral control center). Registrations, notifications, container locations and card management are all made visible through RSOffice. Different sensors can be monitored, like: filling level, battery voltage level, blocking and user failures.
Filling ratio: a counter in the inlet records how often the unit is unlocked. In the software two different filling levels can be set to trigger an alert. Once the number of deposits reaches one of the set limits, an email or SMS will be send to a designated e-mail address or mobile phone.